Program for Research and Outreach-Engagement on Nutrition and Health Solutions

Director: Joseph R. Sharkey, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.
Organizational Location: SPH, HPCHS
Phone: 979-436-9374

Good nutritional health relies on healthful eating and is clearly associated with overall well-being. Healthful eating is recognized as a modifiable determinant of mental and physical functioning; it can help prevent overweight and obesity, and it plays a significant role in the prevention, delay, and management of nutrition-related non-communicable diseases (e.g., diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and heart disease). African American, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic White families reside in areas that demonstrate high rates of childhood and adult obesity, poverty, food insecurity, educational disadvantage, restricted access to health care and other resources, and geographic challenge of rural residence.

To improve the nutritional health of diverse populations, the Program for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities focuses on environmental, social, and behavioral research to improve our understanding and reduce nutrition health disparities. Under the leadership of Dr. Sharkey, the Program promotes collaborative research, drawing on partners with expertise in environmental measures, nutritional science, sociology, communication, and agricultural economics to help define major research gaps; provide research training for graduate students; and focus on reducing nutrition-related health disparities.

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