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Allied Health Sciences Faculty Search Talk: Dr. Kristen Cooksey-Stowers

Monday, October 29, 2018
1:30pm – 2:30pm

Storrs Campus
Koons 217

Join us as we welcome four candidates for a new Assistant Professor position focused on health disparities research.

Please join us for the third candidate's talk (45 minutes plus 15 minutes of discussion)

Kristen Cooksey-Stowers (Post-Doctoral Research Associate, UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity)

"Tackling Social Determinants of Health Inequities through Policy & Community-Engaged Research" Equitable distribution of health-promoting resources and community engagement efforts are critical components of achieving greater health equity in the United States. In her presentation, Dr. Cooksey-Stowers will provide an overview of her research on reducing inequities in diet-related health outcomes by improving food access through policy, systems and environmental (PSE) strategies. In particular, she will discuss her community-engaged and mixed methods research to demonstrate that: 1) addressing food swamps (i.e., areas inundated by unhealthy food retail) is essential to reducing disparities in diet-related health outcomes; 2) tailoring health communication efforts can improve resident engagement in policy processes; 3) using community-engaged research approaches can improve the efficacy and sustainability of diet-related health interventions in food pantry settings, and 4) integrating health systems and the emergency food system through PSE approaches may mitigate health risks in food-insecure populations. Throughout her talk, she will discuss ways that she has collaborated with policymakers, community partners, and students to design studies and disseminate findings. Dr. Cooksey-Stowers will conclude by discussing future research directions, collaboration interests, and opportunities for students.


Allied Health Sciences Department (primary), College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy , UConn Master Calendar

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