“My Gettysburg scholarship had a pivotal role in my decision to attend the College, and I am grateful to Gettysburg’s many donors for making it possible. As a Heston intern, I’m doing research with Dr. Dailey on the environmental, social, and biological factors affecting the health of different age groups. It will benefit the community and help me gain a broader perspective on health issues.”
In the three years since she came to Gettysburg, health sciences faculty member Amy Dailey has worked with the College’s Center for Public Service and the Adams County Food Policy Council on local food policy issues. This summer, she is joined in her research by Helena Yang ’14, a student in Dailey’s upper-level Epidemiology course. “The course prepared Helena to develop questionnaires and analyze data—skills that are very useful in our research together,” says Dailey.
A Heston internship (provided by James N. Heston ’70) made Yang’s participation possible. “I was interested in being part of community development from a health perspective, and the internship will allow me to do that,” says Yang, a health sciences and public policy double major.
Their work will further understanding of families who fall into the “food gap”—those who do not qualify for federal food assistance yet continue to experience food insecurity. “Such research,” says Dailey, “is a critical piece in compiling evidence for policy development and social change. Gettysburg students are taking part in that process here and all over the world.”