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As access to nutritious and safe food becomes increasingly unreliable, research on food insecurity is of critical importance both domestically and abroad. Scientists around the world are leading the way in testing innovative public health and policy strategies to address the reasons behind this trend and develop actions, treatments, and other effective interventions.
This innovative research has the potential to inform efforts in the U.S. where women and people in underserved communities are disproportionately affected by food insecurity with wide-ranging short- and long-term health consequences. Mutual learning between U.S. and international scientists can ideally lay the groundwork for the development of promising new interventions.
The Global Food and Nutrition Insecurity Webinar Series
The goal of this series is to highlight innovative research projects on nutrition and food insecurity and health outcomes in global settings and identify lessons learned and opportunities for adaption in U.S. and other contexts.
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Session 1: Overview of global food and nutrition insecurity
Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, Yale University
In this session, our speakers will present a food and nutrition insecurity conceptual framework that can guide measurement approaches to identify the impacts of food insecurity across the world in various age groups and settings including the connection to chronic and infectious diseases and child development. They will also highlight examples of intervention research that presents opportunities for translations and adaptation.
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Session 2: Leveraging food environments for food and nutrition security
Lead: Amos Laar, University of Ghana
In this session, speakers will discuss the role that the home, neighborhood, and community food environments play in food insecurity and provide examples of effective food environment and food system interventions across multiple regions that address equity, access, disparities, and sustainability.
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Session 3: Using implementation science to address food and nutrition insecurity
Edward Frongillo, University of South Carolina and Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition
In this session, we will explore the use of implementation science in food and nutrition insecurity research and provide an example of a global food insecurity innovation that has been adapted across settings.
Related News and Publications
Frontiers in Public Health is accepting manuscript submissions on the topic of Learning from Global Food and Nutrition Insecurity. Building on the Fogarty-led webinar series, this article collection aims to provide an overview of the evidence, explore existing areas of adaptation, and identify priority research gaps specific to vulnerable communities.
Submission deadline: July 3, 2023
Opportunities to advance implementation science and nutrition research: a commentary on the Strategic Plan for NIH Nutrition Research co-authored by Fogarty’s Susan Vorkoper
Translational Behavior Medicine, November 12, 2022
White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health to take place September 28, 2022
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Stimulating Research to Understand and Address Hunger, Food and Nutrition Insecurity encourages research on the efficacy of interventions that address nutrition security and the mechanisms of food insecurity on a variety of health outcomes.
Fogarty webinar series highlights food and nutrition insecurity
Global Health Matters, September/October 2022
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- Rafael Perez-Escamilla, Yale University
Susan Vorkoper, M.P.H., M.S.W.
Public Health Advisor
Fogarty Division of International Science Policy, Planning and Evaluation
Updated May 26, 2023