Tayla Ash’s interest in public health stems from her work in day care, where she observed children who hadn’t eaten breakfast before being dropped off for the day. Now a first-year student in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division, she is interested in how poor diet affects behavior.
In addition to her M.P.H. course work, Tayla works as a research assistant for the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale. She has worked on two studies evaluating dietary interventions in public school cafeterias.
Tayla has also sat in on lab meetings with Professor Rafael Pérez-Escamilla who studies maternal and child nutrition and she hopes to use data from that work for her thesis next year. During spring break she will travel with the Black Church at Yale to Ghana. The group volunteer at a school for handicapped children and do health screenings in a nearby village.
The Alumni Fund supports Tayla’s studies at the Yale School of Public Health.