2013 Obesity Prevention & Epidemiology Program Graduates!
Michael Long, SCD
Michael Long completed his doctoral degree in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health. His research focuses on quantitative analysis of obesity prevention policies, including evaluation of existing policies and cost-effectiveness modeling of potential policies. While a doctoral student, Michael received awards from the Barry R. and Irene Tilenius Bloom Fellowship, the Bernard and Gloria Salick Fellowship, the Stephen B. Kay Family Fellowship, and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston Policy Fellowship. As a Rappaport Fellow, Michael worked with Boston Public Schools Department of Food and Nutrition Services to increase access to the School Breakfast Program. His dissertation evaluated barriers and supports to healthy eating and physical activity among U.S. youth across a range of settings and levels of hierarchy, including evaluating the impact of school-based physical activity on overall activity levels, identifying lack of access to public drinking water in schools and other settings, and assessing public support for taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages and other unhealthy products earmarked to obesity prevention or healthcare. Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in Politics at Princeton University and his Master of Public Health degree at the Yale School of Public Health, where he worked at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. Michael will be continuing his research on the cost-effectiveness of obesity prevention policies as a postdoctoral fellow at HSPH working under Dr. Steven Gortmaker with the Harvard Prevention Research Center.
Kelly Blondin, MS
Kelly Blondin grew up in Northern Michigan and graduated from Harvard College in 2007 with a BA in Psychology. She then worked to promote health and prevent diet-related disease through nutrition education, program management, and research for four years in the San Francisco Bay Area. She coordinated and taught nutrition courses in low-income communities with AmeriCorps, First 5 California and Share Our Strength, managed farmers’ markets, and helped coordinate a type 2 diabetes intervention study with the Behavioral Diabetes Research Group at UCSF. Academically and professionally she is interested in the role of nutrition and food policy in the prevention of chronic disease. She currently works at the Harvard Prevention Research Center on a cost-effectiveness analysis of childhood obesity interventions. Outside of school and work, Kelly enjoys swimming, hiking, camping, exploring new places, meeting new people, and, on rainy days, inventing healthy baked goods in the kitchen.
Young Suh, MS