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CRF Scholars Spark Dialogue on Nutrition in Vulnerable Immigrant Populations at National Conference

Family Research Scholars Lorraine Cordeiro and Jerusha Peterman represented the Center for Research on Families (CRF) and the University of Massachusetts in April at the 2014 American Society for Nutrition (ASN) annual meeting in San Diego, Calif.

The two assistant professors of nutrition moderated discussions on food security and health and community-based nutrition interventions at the conference.

Earlier this year, Cordeiro and Peterman received a Distinguished Research Partnership Award from the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell for their study of the unique food and health disparities faced by Cambodian women in this region of Massachusetts.

Their students, Nicholas Otis and Emily Boudreau, who also attended the ASN meeting, speak highly of their mentors’ work. "Drs. Cordeiro and Peterman are truly committed to the work they do with Cambodian women,” Otis said in an announcement from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences.

Boudreau adds that she has “learned a great deal about how refugee/immigrant experiences can affect nutrition and health, and they have inspired me to work to incorporate this information into nutrition education.”

Nicholas Otis was awarded a $500 CRF Family Research Honors Thesis/Capstone Award this year for his project exploring predictors of malnutrition among Tanzanian adolescents. He would like to return to Tanzania to put his research to work in that community.