Public Health

2013-2014 Policy and Social Engagement Fellowship

Faculty Partner:Angela Odoms-Young, Kinesiology and Nutrition
Community Partner: Inner-City Muslim Action Network

Dr. Odoms-Young will work with IMAN to improve an existing curriculum for corner store owners about providing healthy items, in the hope of alleviating some of the effects of food deserts and promoting healthy diets among low-income African-Americans, who have a higher rate of obesity related problems than other demographic groups. Marketing as well as dietary information will be provided in the new curriculum, which will also be distributed more widely and by more informed volunteers to ensure that store owners are able to understand the curriculum and follow through on its recommendations.

2011-2012 Policy & Social Engagement Fellowship Project

Faculty Partner: Angela Odoms Young, Kinesiology
Community Partner: Greater Englewood Health Start Initiative/Chicago Department of Public Health Engelewood Neighborhood Health Center


The focus of this project is to collaborate on a culturally appropriate, community-focused curriculum for lay nutrition educators. This curriculum will address strategies for improving dietary behaviors, addressing risk factors for poor nutrition in pregnant, postpartum, and women of childbearing age (ages 15 to 44) and their families, and building the nutrition capacity of residents in the Englewood and West Englewood communities. Specifically, we will

  1. work together to identify the specific nutrition needs of the target population;
  2. involve a group of community members in a photovoice project to generate photos and narratives focused on the multi-level (individual, interpersonal, institutional, community, and policy level) barriers to healthy eating and
  3. train a group of 10-15 clients to serve as lay nutrition educators.