Erika Hval, Class of 2010
Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Scholar, Tufts University Medical Center
Erika Hval graduated from NYU in 2011 with a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. As an undergraduate, Erika was inspired by the interdisciplinary focus of the Academy of Achievement and the Reynolds Foundation Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship. Through these associations, she realized it would be necessary to reach outside her chosen field of nutrition to change it from within. Thanks to the preparation and the network of collaborators that the Academy and the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation provided, she now views policy, law, business, agriculture, and the arts as key elements to achieving her goals in nutrition and public health.
Erika is currently a master’s student at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, at Tufts University in Boston, and a dietetic intern at Tufts Medical Center. Her dual degree program at Tufts is training Erika as a registered dietitian, and guides her through the community, the inpatient hospital setting, and outpatient counseling centers, to improve the eating behaviors of neighbors, patients, and clients.
Since moving to Boston, she has interned with the Boston Public Health Commission’s Intergovernmental Relations Department to design and implement citywide health promotion projects, and advise the federal government on nutrition-related legislation. She serves as Vice President of the Massachusetts Student Dietetic Association and as Communications Director for Jumbo’s Kitchen, an after-school nutrition and cooking program for low-income elementary school students. Erika ultimately hopes to leverage her education in nutrition and healthcare to influence food and nutrition policy and achieve systemic public health change.