Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) disproportionately bear the diet-related chronic disease burden in the United States, experiencing higher rates of morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and various types of diet-related cancers. Although these disparities have been well documented, over the past two years, the unprecedented death toll and economic burden associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the increased awareness of structural racism linked with the murder of George Floyd has underscored the multiple ways in which systemic factors, specifically racism and poverty significantly impacts the quality of life in BIPOC communities. While a growing body of research has focused on examining the social and structural drivers of disparities in dietary quality and related health outcomes, theories examining the complex mechanisms linking structural oppression and diet have been limited. This presentation explores the use of a liberation nutrition lens to improve dietary outcomes in BIPOC communities, promote nutrition equity and justice, and advance an anti-racist praxis in nutrition research practice and training.
About the Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Angela Odoms-Young
Associate Professor, Food and Nutrition Education Director, Food and Nutrition Education Equity Visiting Scholar at Feeding America Cornell University, Communities Program
Dr. Angela Odoms-Young is an Associate Professor and Director of the Food and Nutrition Education in Communities Program at Cornell University. Her research centers on understanding the social and structural determinants of dietary behaviors in low-income populations and black, indigenous, and people of color and identifying culturally appropriate programs and policies that promote health equity, food justice, and community resilience. Dr. Odoms-Young has over 20 years’ experience partnering with communities to improve nutrition and health and she has served on numerous advisory committees and boards including the Institute of Medicine committees to revise the food packages provided for WIC, and the Council on Black Health. Dr. Odoms-Young also currently serves as the inaugural Equity Visiting Scholar at Feeding America.
The purpose of the annual Philip R. Nader Legacy of Health Lectureship and related events and activities is to promote and inspire academics, providers, public health students and community residents to stimulate the fields of primary prevention and community pediatrics. A future vision for these lectureships is to strengthen the nexus between theory and practice, and cooperation among physician, patient, family, and community. The goal is to move the needle toward an improved health status for both parents and children, by focusing on early lifecycle systems.
The annual Lectureship is hosted by the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at the UTHealth School of Public Health.