Momi Afelin

Rose Service Learning Fellow

Momi is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree in Nutrition with a concentration in planetary health. Originally from Hawai’i, she is interested in both marine and terrestrial food systems in island communities. She has previously worked as a community engagement specialist in traditional food systems restoration projects and a land back initiative. Her project will draw on her academic and professional experiences to characterize the role of subsistence practices in food security and to evaluate the impact of various ecological changes, such as coral bleaching, on subsistence practices on the island of Moloka’i, Hawai’i.

Momi’s project will focus on subsistence practices (fishing, hunting, gardening, etc.) and food security on the island of Moloka’i, Hawai’i. She will work with her community to conduct a mixed-methods study to build upon existing data on subsistence with the goal of equipping local organizations with information that can be used for continued self-advocacy.