PUBLIC HEALTH / COMMUNITY NUTRITION PRACTICE - Getting to Know Lauren Melnick

Because my job is relatively flexible, I have also been able to take on some additional responsibilities that are related to the goals and missions of EFNEP, as well as the needs of EFNEP clientele. One example is my role with the Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition as the Health and Nutrition Work Group Chair. Food policy is such an emerging issue in dietetics, and I am very pleased with my role in leading efforts toward improving access of local and healthy foods in our County. Last year, as part of this coalition, I was able to assist local farmer’s markets in offering SNAP benefits at their markets. Currently, I am working on an initiative with the City of Cleveland that will allow for healthy food carts within the City so that people on the go can purchase nutritious, local foods on the street.