Meet our 2019-2020 Produce Safety Fellows!
Mayra Ramirez is a first year Master’s of Public Health student with a concentration in Animals, People and the Environment at the School of Public Health at CSU. She is interested in the One Health Initiative, a collaborative, transdisciplinary approach that recognizes that the health of the people is connected to the health of animals and the environment. Mayra is excited to learn about produce safety and ways to help build a better, healthier community for everyone.
Originally from Southern California, Mayra graduated from California Polytechnic University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Health Science and a year later became a licensed veterinary technician. She worked in a variety of animal hospitals ranging from general practice, to emergency, and finally in a specialty veterinary hospital in the internal medicine department. It was because of this profession and her love for animals that she decided to further her career and education to help animals and humans alike. With the One Health approach in mind, her Produce Safety Fellowship research will focus on biological soil amendments of animal origin, figuring out ways to mitigate microbial contamination in produce fields.
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Amy Blom is a second year Master’s of Public Health student in the nutrition concentration at the Colorado School of Public Health at CSU. She is training to become a Registered Dietitian and hopes to promote individual and community health while striving to build a healthier and safer food system during her Produce Safety Fellowship.
She first became interested in food systems work in inner-city Chicago, working with residents living in a food desert neighborhood. During an experiential learning exchange program where she volunteered with a peacebuilding organization in rural Colombia, she witnessed firsthand how the food system can either promote or inhibit individual, community, and environmental health. Before pursuing her Master’s of Public Health, she taught garden and cooking to elementary students in Washington State through AmeriCorps, further cementing her passion for linking agriculture and health. At Colorado State University, she has enjoyed linking these passions in the classroom, through collaborative research with faculty, and in extracurricular commitments.
Through her Produce Safety Fellowship, she anticipates learning about best practices for produce safety for large-scale production. Out of this learning, she will develop resources for growers to improve produce safety protocols related to the Produce Safety Rule under FSMA. Consumption of adequate, safe, and nutritious fresh produce is pillar of good nutrition and thus promoting produce safety is interlinked with promoting health of individuals and communities.
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