As coordinating center for the CDC’s Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN), the Food Policy, Health, and Hunger Research Program emphasizes policy research and advocacy. NOPREN conducts nutrition- and obesity-related policy research and evaluation related to the effectiveness of policies that improve access to affordable, healthy foods and beverages in a variety of settings, including communities, workplaces, healthcare facilities, childcare institutions, and schools.
As a nationally recognized expert on food insecurity and chronic disease, Dr. Seligman provides expert testimony in policy discussions focused on addressing food insecurity. Recent examples include:
- A White House Conversation on Child Hunger in America (2016)
In January 2016 the White House convened an expert panel to highlight the state of child hunger in America. The panel focused on the pervasiveness of hunger in our nation and effective strategies to prevent child hunger, including federal nutrition programs such as school meals and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Dr. Seligman served as an expert panelist, discussing research on child hunger and the vital role of SNAP for the health and well-being of children and low-income families.
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- Institute of Medicine Workshop: Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults (2015)
Dr. Seligman participated in an IOM-hosted workshop to advance knowledge and understanding of factors in the physical, social, and cultural environment that impact the ability of older adults to meet their daily dietary needs.
- National Commission on Hunger (2015)
Dr. Seligman provided testimony to the National Commission on Hunger, a congressionally appointed bipartisan commission, to inform their report, ‘Freedom from Hunger: An Achievable Goal for the United States of America’.
- US Congressional Briefings, US House and Congress (2014)
Dr. Seligman served on an expert panel for two congressional briefings hosted by Feeding America. She discussed the interaction between food insecurity, nutrition, and diet-sensitive chronic disease.
- Institute of Medicine Workshop: Research Gaps and Opportunities on the Causes and Consequences of Child Hunger and Food Insecurity (2013)
Dr. Seligman participated in an IOM-hosted workshop aimed at advancing understanding of the causes and consequences of child hunger and food insecurity in the United States. She served as an expert panelist discussing the health and developmental correlates of childhood food insecurity from pregnancy to adolescence.
- Institute of Medicine Workshop: Examination on the Adequacy of Food Resources and SNAP Allotments (2012)
Dr. Seligman participated in an IOM-hosted workshop focused on strengths and weaknesses of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. She delivered a presentation on how special needs influence food purchases among low-income households.