Taz Shah is a first-generation Kashmiri-American who graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 2019 with a B.A. in Public Health Studies, where she researched and delivered community-based nutrition and health education in food-insecure and housing-insecure populations. After graduating, she worked as a policy consultant to the Sacramento County government, where she researched and proposed evidence-based solutions to end homelessness and helped mobilize resources to mitigate COVID-19 transmission among people experiencing homelessness. Since leaving Sacramento, she has consulted at a Baltimore nonprofit seeking to end malnutrition and food insecurity in communities of color through nutrition education. In the future, she hopes to work on local- and state-level public health initiatives that will end hunger, homelessness, and malnutrition.
Field placement: Hunger Free Oklahoma
Taz is currently completing her field work at Hunger Free Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her work focuses on expanding school nutrition and childhood food insecurity programs across Oklahoma through program and policy research. Taz's projects include supporting statewide school breakfast and Breakfast After The Bell expansion, streamlining applications for Free- and Reduced-Price Meals with Medicaid Direct Certification and assessing the feasibility of online applications, and determining best practices in coalition-building and governance of the OK Childhood Food Security Coalition.
Policy placement: U.S. Department of Agriculture