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Workshop on an Agenda for Child Hunger Food Insecurity Research



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Day 1 (4/8/13) 
Day 2 (4/9/13)

A workshop will be held April 8-9, 2013, to provide a forum for expert discussion of research gaps and opportunities to advance understanding of the causes and consequences of child hunger and food insecurity in the United States. The workshop is requested by the Economic Research Service and the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which have a mandate from Section 141 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 to pursue a research program on this important topic. The workshop will review the adequacy of current knowledge, identify substantial research gaps, and consider data availability while considering the following topics:

  • Determinants of child food insecurity and hunger
  • Individual, community, and policy and program responses to hunger
  • Impacts of child food insecurity and hunger
  • Measurement and surveillance issues
Workshop Presentations


(Please note that the
presentations included here
may be subject to copyright restrictions of the individual presenters.)


Session 1-2
Craig Gundersen, Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Scott Allard, Lucia Kaiser, and Bruce Weber

Session 3-5
Mariana Chilton, Sarah Zapolsky (for Kathryn Edin), Colleen Heflin, Katherine Alaimo, David Ribar, and Lara Shore Sheppard

Session 6-7
Barbara Laraia, Rafael Perez-Escamilla, Alison Jacknowitz, John Cook, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, and Hilary Seligman

Session 8
Ed Frongillo, Mark Nord, Elizabeth Adams, and Maureen Black

Workshop Papers
Community Responses to Food Insecurity and Hunger
Katherine Alaimo

Placing Food Security in a Spatial Context
Scott Allard

When the systems fail: Individual and household coping strategies related to child hunger
Mariana Chilton, Jenny Rabinowich, Amanda Breen, and Sherita Mouzon

Impacts of Child Food Insecurity and Hunger on Health and Development in Children; Implications of Measurement Approach
John Cook

Assessment and Surveillance of Child Food Insecurity and Hunger
Edward Frongillo, Eliza Fishbein, and Maryah Fram

Individual and Household Determinants of Child Food Insecurity and Hunger
Craig Gundersen

Health and Developmental Correlates of Child Food Insecurity from Pregnancy to Early Childhood
Barbara Laraia, Cindy Leung, and Amanda Murphy

Public Policy Responses to Childhood Hunger
David Ribar



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