CTSI Research Project Addresses Food Insecurity in MN
Researchers from the University of Minnesota and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota are collaborating on a study that explores a new approach for connecting food insecure families with food and nutrition resources, thanks to funding from CTSI, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and the University’s Department of Pediatrics.
“Food insecurity has been linked with poor dietary outcomes, which lead to a higher burden of chronic health conditions like obesity and diabetes,” said Caitlin Caspi, Sc.D., assistant professor in the Medical School‘s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. “This grant will help us find better ways to connect households experiencing food insecurity with food and nutrition resources in the community.”
Caspi, and Gretchen Cutler, Ph.D., M.P.H., Program Director of Emergency Department Research at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, are teaming up to conduct the research through a $200,000 Child Health Collaborative Grant Award, which supports collaborations between researchers at the University of Minnesota and Children’s that address important, unmet child health issues in Minnesota.
This award program helps serve the broader CTSI goal of translating science into discoveries that lead to improved human health.