Social & Behavioral Sciences Student Sarah Erickson Serves as Food and Health Intern

Sarah Erickson is in her final semester of the Master of Public Health program concentrating on Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is completing her internship with the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) New Roots Program in Phoenix, AZ. New Roots is the food security and agriculture arm of the IRC in the US. New Roots builds upon the agrarian experience of mainly newly arrived refugee and immigrant families by providing access to land, materials, and education for program participants to grow healthy food. As New Roots’ Food and Health Intern, Sarah assists in managing the weekly community-supported agriculture (CSA) produce box program, provides nutrition education resources to the local community, and supports partnerships with local corner stores to increase community access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Pictured here, Sarah packs a CSA produce box supplied with fresh produce from local refugee farmers. After completion of her MPH, Sarah hopes to continue to work with programs that advocate for the health of refugees in the US.