Research

Project Name: NOPREN — Nutrition & Obesity Network for Policy Research and Evaluation
Funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Principle Investigator: Dr. Hilary Seligman
Duration: 9/30/2014 — 9/29/2019

The Nutrition & Obesity Network for Policy Research and Evaluation (NOPREN) is a thematic research network of the Prevention Research Centers Program. The network consists of one coordinating center, five funded member centers, nine affiliate members centers, and technical advisors from the Division of Nutrition Physical Activity and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. NOPREN’s mission is to conduct transdisciplinary nutrition-and-obesity-related policy research and evaluation along a policy change continuum. The work of NOPREN members helps foster understanding of the effectiveness of policies related to preventing childhood obesity through improved access to affordable, healthy foods and beverages in a variety of settings including communities, workplaces, health care facilities, childcare institutions, and schools. UCSF serves as the coordinating center for NOPREN and Dr. Hilary Seligman also runs an individual project for the network focused on implementing nutritional policies across U.S. food banks.
Links: CDC

Project Name: CDC Special Interest Projects (SIP) - NOPREN Coordinating Center
Funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Principle Investigator: Dr. Hilary Seligman
Duration: 9/30/2014 — 9/29/2019

Led by Dr. Hilary Seligman, the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations(CVP) will function as the Coordinating Center for the Nutrition & Obesity Network for Policy Research and Evaluation (NOPREN). As NOPREN.s administrative home, CVP resources will be used to extend administrative support of the projects within NOPREN. We will also act as a liaison between the CDC and the community of people who conduct nutrition policy research and implement research policy from the national to the local levels. We emphasize interfacing with external stakeholders and bringing those stakeholders into the Working Groups as a mechanism to engage them with CDC priorities, leverage their experience and expertise, and promote dissemination into local communities. Our role as the Coordinating Center is to provide vision across the Working Groups and engage with external stakeholders in order to achieve our Aims.
Links: CDC

Project Name: EatSF — A San Francisco Program of Vouchers for Fruits and Vegetables
Funded by the Hellman Foundation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Hilary Seligman
Duration: 2014-2016

EatSF’s vision is that all low-income San Francisco residents, in all neighborhoods, will have access to fruits and vegetables at the market where they regularly shop. This voucher program was designed to address the concern of poor dietary intake in low-income communities. Though responses have been critical, the fact is that more than one-third of low-income residents of San Francisco cannot afford nutritious food. Vouchers for fruits and vegetables support local food vendors, particularly those located in low-income communities and support not only healthy eating habits of consumers with vouchers, but also the healthy eating habits of consumers without vouchers who shop in the same stores. The EatSF Voucher Program begins in Tenderloin households and with additional funding; the program will expand to reach the entire city. EatSF has been established in support of San Francisco’s citywide goal of being hunger-free by 2020.
Links: Eat SF site, Hellman Foundation, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development, San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, Leah’s Pantry, Feeling Good, Saint Francis Foundation, Episcopal Community Services San Francisco, eatFresh, tenderloinhip(health improvement partnership)

Project Name: Feeding America Diabetes Initiative
Funded by Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Hilary Seligman
Duration: 9/1/2011 — 8/31/2014

The primary evaluation will consist of a pre-post study design at each of the sites. In addition, we will use the RE-AIM framework to track the robustness of the intervention, its translatability to additional partner agencies, and its potential public health impact if widely disseminated.

Project Name: KL2 RR024130 Clinical and Translational Science Institute Scholar
Funded by NIH/NCRR/OD
Principal Investigator: Dr. Johnston; Co-Investigator: Dr. Hilary Seligman
Duration: 7/01/2009 — 6/30/13

My current projects include an evaluation of food insecurity in the context of a diabetes educational intervention, a systematic analysis of the nutrients available from food served at soup kitchens in San Francisco, and the development of a validated translation of the Food Security Survey Module in Chinese.