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Global Obesity Prevention Center

Alessandra Grasso, BS

Student Research Assistant, Baltimore Project
MSPH Student, Department of International Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Alessandra Grasso received her BS in Engineering Science- Nanomedicine from the University of Virginia.  After completing her BS, she traveled and farmed in Spain and Italy for one year before enrolling as a student at Johns Hopkins in the fall of 2013. 

She started her public health career as a research assistant for the Global Obesity Prevention Center’s Project II: B’More Healthy Communities for Kids.  As research assistant, Alessandra recruited study participants and conducted baseline interviews; conducted data entry; assisted in the organization and development of intervention materials; and is currently involved in carrying out process evaluation activities for wholesalers/stores and is coordinating wholesaler level activities.

Alessandra spent the summer of 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as a Global Health Established Field Placement Grant Recipient at Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health where she supported Jhpiego’s nutrition pre-service education endeavors for the Empowering New Generations for Improved Nutrition and Economic Opportunities (ENGINE) project.  She is determined to work towards global food security; improving nutritional status of women, children, youth, and their families; and preventing chronic diseases.