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Nutrition and food insecurity studies by Daphne Hernandez, PhD, MSed, FAAHB

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Overview:

Exploring Food Pantry Clients’ Use of “Choice’” and “Non-choice”

  • Principal Investigator: Daphne Hernandez, PhD, MSEd, FAAHB
  • Co-Investigator: Allison N. Marshall, PhD, MPH, MSSW (UTHealth Houston, Cizik School of Nursing)
  • Funding: Feeding America
  • Overview: The study compares the pantry utilization, food insecurity, economic hardship, and health among clients who attend pantries where food boxes are pre-prepared to pantries where clients choose their own foods from available supplies.

Exploring the feasibility of using interprofessional education to deliver Nourishing Smiles to underserved adolescents in Houston area schools

  • Principal Investigator: Daphne Hernandez, PhD, MSEd, FAAHB
  • Co-Investigators: Margo Melchor, EdD, MED, RDH, (UTHealth Houston, School of Dentistry); Allison N. Marshall, PhD, MPH, MSSW, (UTHealth Houston, Cizik School of Nursing); John Wesley McWhorter, DrPH, MS, RD, LD, CSCS, (UTHealth Houston, School of Public Health); Maja Djukic, PhD, RN, FAAN, (UTHealth Houston, Cizik School of Nursing); Allison Edwards, DrPH, MS, RN, CNE, (UTHealth Houston, Cizik School of Nursing)
  • Funding: SOD-CSON Joint Seed Award Program
  • Overview: Through short lectures, videos, and hands-on activities, this seven-week program provides under-resourced high school students with the opportunity to build oral hygiene and nutrition literacy skills. Learn more.

Houston-area Opportunities for Student Training in Obesity & Nutrition (HOUSTON) Academy 2.0

  • Principal Investigator: Daphne Hernandez, PhD, MSEd, FAAHB
  • Co-Investigators: John Wesley McWhorter, DrPH, MS, RD, LD, CSCS, and Dolores Hernandez Woods, MA, RDN (UTHealth Houston, School of Public Health)
  • Funding: Research and Extension Experiential Learning for Undergraduate (REEU) Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2022-68018-36607
  • Overview: Houston-area Opportunities for Undergraduate Student Training in Obesity & Nutrition (HOUSTON) Academy 2.0, is a 12-month interprofessional training program for undergraduate students who are interested in a health care profession. The program provides nutrition education, applied research, and community engagement opportunities led by nursing, dental, medicine, and public health scientists and professionals at The University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston (UTHealth - Houston). Undergraduate students selected for the program are provided with a scholarship. Learn more.