Julia Van Soelen Kim



Master of Public Health, UC Davis, expected 2012

  1. Emphasis: Nutrition

M.Sc. in Community Development, UC Davis, expected 2012

  1. Master’s Project: Stakeholder analysis of farm to school in Yuba County

UC Center Sacramento, summer 2008

  1. Emphasis: Health Policy

B.A. in Sociology, UC Davis, 2005

  1. High Honors


I am interested in the theme of building healthy communities through sustainable and localized food systems, food access, food landscapes, and the built environment. During my time as a Community Development student at UC Davis, I’ve been a teaching assistant for Professor Ryan Galt’s CRD 20: Food Systems, a core class for a new interdisciplinary major in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, and I’ve helped co-design a student led seminar on food systems for undergraduate and graduate students. I am a Graduate Student Researcher for the Agricultural Sustainability Institute, taking part in a three-year evaluation study of a national initiative, School Food FOCUS, which helps large urban school districts serve more healthful, more sustainably produced, and more regionally sourced food in school meals. My master’s project is a stakeholder analysis of farm to school in Yuba County which I am conducting on behalf of the Sacramento Region Food System Collaborative. Through these opportunities, I have nurtured my interest for engaging with the study of food systems because of its intrinsic tie to community health, social justice, and environmental sustainability.

Prior to coming back to school, my professional experience was in community education, including facilitating school readiness workshops for underserved populations of parents and caregivers in the Central Valley (including a workshop model on healthy eating) and teaching garden-based education using hands-on activities to promote healthy food choices and an understanding of where food comes from. My current objective is to obtain my Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis in nutrition, to complement my M.Sc. in Community Development.