Funded Studies

CARE Research Funding

Care researchers have 4 active funded studies.

The CDP Project ($432,132)

PI's:  Sandi Pruitt & Tammy Leonard

This project titled "A Multisector Solution to Build a Culture of Health among Food Insecure Populations in Dallas County" has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action funding mechanism.  The purpose of the study is to (1) expand the reach, scope, validity, and availability of the Hunger Center Longitudinal Database and (2) empirically evaluate a novel method of food distribution that allows efficient, high-capacity food distribution to be embedded in local communities where the food insecure live.

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PI:  Oanh Nguyen

Ambivalence Study

PI:  Stephanie Swales

This project, entitled "Exploring Psychological Barriers of Food Insecure Individuals Toward Obtaining Charity Food Assistance:  A Qualitative Interview Approach" has been funded by the University of Dallas' 2015 Class of 1988 Alumni Faculty Development Award.  The goals of the project are to a) identify the psychological barriers that food insecure individuals have (that may or may not interact with pragmatic barriers such as cost of traveling to a food bank) that get in the way of their obtaining charity food assistance, potentially including attitudes about charity food assistance that correspond to feeling shame or embarrassment and b) to identify successful strategies that food insecure individuals have used to overcome these psychological barriers.  The project might be used to inform efforts that charity food distributors can actualize to help their clients overcome psychological barriers to receiving food assistance.

Meal GAP Study

PI's:  Sandi Pruitt & Tammy Leonard

This project titled "Ranking the Association between Food Insecurity and Indicators of Population Health:  Exploring Heterogeneity by Counties and States" has been funded by the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research and Feeding America.  The goal of the project is to uncover key correlates of food insecurity and health across the United States.  The project will inform future interventions and research studies aimed at addressing the underlying determinants and consequences of food insecurity.


 

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