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Kayla Copeland is a first-year graduate student in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with a focus in International Health and Sustainability. Before coming to Tulane, she studied Communication Arts with a double minor in Psychology and International Studies at St. John’s University in New York City. Her experience at St. John’s afforded her global exposure to various cultures and communities where she was able to observe the meticulous care that other countries take to ensure that their citizens are only consuming the highest quality and freshest food.  

Kayla’s experience led her to create her company, Mealtrics. Through Mealtrics, she educates her community on various healthy and unhealthy food additives and ingredients. Along with policy changes, Kayla believes education is vital to changing the narrative of low-income communities who are at risk for increased health problems. After her time at Tulane, Kayla hopes to work for an international public health agency to eliminate malnutrition and study how climate change will affect food growth. In her free time, she likes to cook, watch movies, and play with her poodle Kash. 

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