Maggie Schnog - Washington, D.C.

Career goal: To improve population health with a focus on access to healthy foods and built environments that promote physical activity.

Internship outline: The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is a non-profit organization that was founded at the same time, but separate from, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign with the mission of reducing the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. PHA partners with the private sector to help make “the healthy choice the easy choice for all Americans.”  As a summer intern, Maggie worked with the Strategic Initiatives team on current projects and initiatives including an analysis of private-sector industries that PHA hopes to enter into the coming year and the development of a logic model to measure PHA’s impact.

Value of experience: This internship gave me exposure to current issues surrounding childhood obesity, specifically the highly publicized school lunch debates and implementation of the Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act. It was interesting to see how PHA partners, the media and other stakeholders play a role in moving the needle on childhood obesity.

Best moment/experience: Having the opportunity to meet leaders in the childhood obesity space, including Bill Dietz, former Director of Nutrition at the CDC.

Funding source: Dull Family Fellowship

Maggie Schnog