April 18, 2012
Jerusha Nelson Peterman, ass
The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics was established by Congress to serve as an advisory body to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on health data, statistics and national health information policy. It fulfills important review and advisory functions relative to health data and statistical problems of national and international interest, stimulates or conducts studies of such problems and makes proposals for improvement of the nation's health statistics and information systems.
Peterman's community-based research focuses on issues of food security, acculturation, and dietary choices in immigrant families. Her testimony will help to inform the panel on how building capacity in communities through research partnerships can strengthen the research process and help translate findings into community programs and applications.