COUNTY ANNOUNCES 2022 BLOOMBERG AMERICAN HEALTH INITIATIVE FELLOW

COUNTY ANNOUNCES 2022 BLOOMBERG AMERICAN HEALTH INITIATIVE FELLOW

Hawaiʻi County announces that Sarah Freeman, a Food Systems Specialist with the Department of Research and
Development, has been accepted into the 2022 Bloomberg American Health Initiative Fellowship at the Johns
Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Freeman is one of fifty people awarded a full scholarship as a
Bloomberg Fellow to pursue a Master of Public Health. The Bloomberg American Health Initiative Fellowship
aims to create experts to combat the nation’s five most critical health challenges: addiction and overdose,
adolescent health, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, and violence.
Freeman has a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley, concentrating on
urban agriculture, conflict resolution, and city repair. As a Food System Specialist, she focuses on improving
Hawaiʻi’s food systems by working with government and community-initiated projects to foster a sustainable
and thriving Hawaiʻi Island.
“We are proud to support Sarah through this incredible opportunity in hopes that she will return home with
added skillsets to better serve our community,” said Mayor Mitch Roth. “Her excellent work for the County as a
collaborative organizer in food systems made her the perfect candidate for the Bloomberg Fellowship. We look
forward to her return and wish her the best throughout her fellowship. Food security is a key component of a
sustainable community, and we will remain committed to bolstering production islandwide.”
Of the five crucial health challenges facing the nation, Freeman will be focusing on the obesity and food system
challenges throughout her Master’s program.
Freeman will continue to be supported by the County of Hawaiʻi Department of Research and Development
through her studies and will continue to help the community after she receives her degree. In addition, the skills
and tools she will gain from her Master of Public Health and focus on obesity and the food system will aid her
continued work as a Food System Specialist for the County of Hawaiʻi.

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