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APHI Nexus 2021

Addressing Food Insecurity in the Charlotte Region

This session summarizes data and resources surrounding food insecurity in the Charlotte Region and reviews current efforts to address the healthy food needs which were further exacerbated by the economic and social disruptions caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The discussion focuses on strategies and policy changes that will move us closer to eliminating food insecurity in the Charlotte Region.

Dr. Racine, a Professor in the Public Health Sciences department at UNC Charlotte and a Registered Dietician, is interested in understanding the incentives and barriers to healthy eating and physical activity among different populations in the Charlotte region, the US, and in other countries. Locally, she has evaluated a number of programs such as the Latino Food and Fun Program, Achieve 225–a purposeful play intervention in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and Building Healthy Lifestyles in All Directions-a nutrition and physical activity intervention in Cabarrus County Childcare Centers. Nationally, she has evaluated the impact of food assistance programs on diet quality and food security. She has evaluated elements of the WIC program, the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and SOS–a home-delivered feeding program similar to Meals on Wheels. Internationally, she partners with colleagues in India to study the impact of economic development on food security, infant feeding practices, and obesity.



Elizabeth Racine

DrPH, RD; Professor, Public Health Sciences, UNC Charlotte



Mamie Sackey Harris 

MS, MPH, Food Security Supervisor, Office of Policy & Prevention, Mecklenburg County Public Health 

Mamie Sackey Harris is an experienced public health professional and public health nutritionist with over 15 years’ experience in Global Health, Food Security, Humanitarian Emergencies, Community and international Development, and Program management. Mamie Harris has been an adjunct professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the past 10 years. Since 2019, she has worked as a Food Security Supervisor for the Mecklenburg County Public Health, Office of Policy and Prevention.  Mamie Harris is a current Steering Committee Executive Member for the North Carolina One Health Collaborative.  Additionally, Mamie Harris is a current member of the American Society for Nutrition, Association of Women Faculty and Professionals, Lipid Based Nutrient Supplement (LNS) Research NetWork, American Public Health Association, and Food Security and Nutrition Network.

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