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The constantly shifting food policy landscape has become even more complex due to the pandemic and the various aid programs that have diverted unprecedented resources to households in need. “The policies that have come from the pandemic have not only enhanced food assistance and support but have led to other ways of supporting low-income households,” says Garner.
My research is at the nexus of food systems, food security, health, and public policy with the overarching goal of advancing both the science and practice of food security promotion in community and clinical contexts. This research has timely implications. In a period of rising healthcare costs; the roll out of value-based healthcare models; heightened interest in social determinants of health; mounting concern regarding food chain fragility; and the persistence of diet- and health-related inequities, there is urgent need for rigorous research to inform public and private investments in food and nutrition security. At the same time, institutions are starting to appreciate the value of—and innovation possible by—incorporating the voices of those with relevant lived experience; such community engagement and qualitative inquiry is a hallmark of my team’s scholarship. The Garner Research Group is responding to this confluence of factors and contributing rigorous insights to the wicked problem of domestic food insecurity.
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