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March 13, 2013

CLF Announces Carl Taylor Research Grant Recipients

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future has announced the recipients of its 2013 Carl Taylor Research and Practice Grant Program.

Christie Balch, a part-time MPH student at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, received a grant for her project, Evaluation of a CSA Rebate Program in Wisconsin. Balch will conduct a literature review of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, and conduct a small-scale evaluation of the CSA rebate program in Southern Wisconsin. Long-term, Balch hopes that the CSA rebate program would be replicated in Maryland, increasing vegetable consumption and health, and at the same time helping to make CSA farming more economically viable in Maryland.

Jessica Gergen, an MSPH student in the Department of International Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, received a grant for her project, Leveling the playing field: using the marketing techniques of big business to target healthy foods for kids at Food Depot. Gergen will develop a targeted kids section featuring healthy foods selected and approved by Registered Dieticians, using spatial marketing techniques and environmental cues that promote healthy foods and ideas to increase sales of healthy items. Using taste tests and preparation demonstrations of promoted healthy items, this project will increase both exposure and likability of kids to healthy foods.

Alana Ridge, a part-time MPH student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, received a grant for her study, EAT Healthy Food: Exploring Access To Healthy Food. This study will employ appropriate formative evaluation strategies to assess community concerns, issues, barriers, and resources related to environmental exposures, diet, and asthma. Ridge hopes findings will assist in developing effective, practical, appropriate, and culturally relevant community-based interventions aimed at reducing asthma risk through diet.

The Carl Taylor Research and Practice Grants provide resources in support of Johns Hopkins University (JHU) master’s degree students for innovative research and practice projects on topics relevant to the complex interrelationships among food production, diet, environment and public health.  The grants are intended to help students develop projects, and ultimately, careers, investigating interdisciplinary topics relevant to achieving a livable future–by improving food systems and health for all while using natural resources sustainably and creating a world that future generations deserve. Grants are awarded in amounts up to $1,500 for master’s degree final projects.

The grant program honors the memory of Carl Taylor, MD, DrPH, founding chair of the Department of International Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, a mentor and inspiration to many throughout the public health field, and an early supporter of the Center for a Livable Future.