County Food Specialist Selected for Prestigious Bloomberg American Health Fellowship

July 5, 2022, 6:30 a.m. HST
* Updated July 4, 2:30 p.m.

Sarah Freeman, a food systems specialist in 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, Hawaii County announced.

Freeman is one of 50 people to have received full scholarships as a Bloomberg Fellow to pursue a master’s degree in public health. The Bloomberg American Health Initiative Fellowship aims to train experts to tackle the nation’s five most critical health issues: substance abuse and overdoses, adolescent health, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, and violence.

As a Food System Specialist, she focuses on improving Hawaii’s food systems by working with government and community-initiated projects to foster a sustainable and prosperous Hawaii Island.

“We are proud to support Sarah through this incredible opportunity in the hope that she will return home with additional skills to better serve our community,” Mayor Mitch Roth said in a press release. “Her excellent work for the county as a collaborative organizer in food systems made her the ideal candidate for the Bloomberg Fellowship. We look forward to his return and wish him the best throughout his brotherhood. Food security is a key part of a sustainable community, and we will remain committed to boosting production across the island.

Freeman holds a bachelor of science degree in conservation and resource studies from UC Berkeley, focusing on urban agriculture, conflict resolution and city repair, the county press release said.


Among the five critical health challenges facing the nation, Freeman will focus on obesity and food system challenges throughout his master’s program.


Freeman will continue to be supported by the Hawaii County Department of Research and Development throughout her studies and will continue to help the community after graduation. Additionally, the skills and tools she will gain through her Masters in Public Health and her focus on obesity and the food system will help her continue her work as a Food System Specialist for Hawaii County. .

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