Significance. This project aims to empower refugee women in Clarkston to make healthier food choices drawing on the resources available in their community. When refugees arrive in the United States, they have to adjust to a new food environment. This means that they may face significant knowledge, financial, and structural barriers to providing their families a nutritionally adequate diet using the resources available to them. For this reason, it is important for organizations providing services to this population to an educational approach that empowers families to identify and provide healthy foods in the U.S context. One goal of this project is to create a sustainable nutrition program that can be fully incorporated into MMFLP. A short-term goal of this project is to facilitate MMFLP receiving more funding to expand the nutrition program to include healthy snack options in the children’s classes. By implementing evaluation methods, the success of the curriculum can be measured, which will provide MMFLP with data to use when applying for grants. Another goal of this project is to create a program that can be used widely among organizations in Clarkston and other communities that work with refugees. There is currently no nutrition curriculum specifically designed for refugees in Clarkston, but organizations servicing this area have expressed interest in creating one1. This curriculum specifically targets mothers and children at MMFLP, but it could be modified to reach all refugee mothers and children in Clarkston. Expanding this curriculum could result in healthier diets among refugee families arriving in Clarkston. 1 This information is gathered from key informant interviews with people who work and live in the city of Clarkston
Significance. Despite the modernization that has taken place in the KSA in the last decades, few studies have evaluated the magnitude and the causes of the new public health problems that have emerged. For example, developed countries recognize that insomnia and other sleep problems are common and are public health issues, but KSA’s public health researchers have not yet engaged this issue. Many studies in those countries state that these sleep problems are underdiagnosed, undertreated, and underreported, despite the fact that sleep problems have negative consequences like depression, road and work accidents, and low productivity. In the KSA and in the Arabian Gulf region generally, very few studies have been conducted about insomnia and other sleep problems. Published studies have focused mainly on the medical manifestations of the problem, without addressing the wider picture (e.g., prevalence, related risk factors). This study sets out to examine whether sleep problems are common or not in an important city in the KSA. This study seeks not only to establish the prevalence of insomnia and sleep problems, but also tries to correlate risk factors related to sleep problems, which are not necessarily similar to those in other countries but might be unique to the KSA. People in the KSA have different cultural, religious, and economic backgrounds, which can interact with different risk factors. Perhaps this study's results can be applied to other countries in the Gulf region which are similar in some ways to the KSA.
Significance. This study is significant for several fields of scholarly inquiry, in particular food studies, sensory studies, narrative studies, anthropology, and studies of the U.S. South. It examines how people refashion cultural histories and narratives to reflect progressive identities and to maintain and grow markets—and how those economic and ethical goals interact in the contemporary United States. In doing so, it provides insight into how the concept of “southern” continues to function and evolve in cultural economies and identities. To the work that food studies scholars have done on fashioning identities through food practices and representations, I contribute knowledge about how narratives of food function in different mediums. My study examines the relationship between what is a sensory, experiential subject—food—and the meaning-making of narrative construction. I consider how the economic, personal, and social pressures surrounding food practices impact the use of food as the framework for stories about culture. Finally, my dissertation contributes to discussions about ways of knowing. It explores the relationship between sensory experience, storytelling, and definitions of culture. As more cultural and educational institutions turn to food as a way to present, teach, and explore culture, I hope this study will also provide insights into the successes and struggles of this kind of work. Organizations and institutions often turn to food because of its popular appeal and its promise of connection—because it seems like a way to get people into the door or into difficult conversations. My dissertation discusses the complexities of both these assumptions and of producing stories about food and with food as entrees into cultural understanding.
Significance. The project is considered as significant step considering India’s efforts towards low emission-economy and focusing on energy efficiency programmes. It will also create awareness in citizens, especially among youth, to encourage energy efficiency measures like use of electric vehicles, energy efficient building codes etc. It will also facilitate sustainable growth by addressing climate change issues, boosting economy and generating greater employment in country. Global Environment Facility (GEF) GEF is a financial mechanism that provides grants to developing countries for projects that benefit global environment and promote sustainable livelihoods in local communities. It addresses six designated focal areas: biodiversity, climate change, international waters, ozone depletion, land degradation and Persistent Organic Pollutants. It was established on the eve of 1992 Rio Earth Summit to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems. It unites 183 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and private sector to address global environmental issues India has been a leading developing country participant in the GEF since its inception in 1991 and has played a major role in shaping GEF. India is both donor and recipient of GEF.
Significance. More than 80,000 people each week are served by food security assistance organizations that receive their food from ACFB. This is a tremendous amount of people in the Atlanta and NW Georgia region. ACFB has the ability to positively or negatively affect these individuals’ diet by the food they acquire and distribute, thus, monitoring the distribution patterns of ACFB, and understanding how partner agencies interpret and translate nutrition resources into their food acquisition process is needed for understanding the NW Georgian culture of health. The mission of ACFB is to fight hunger by engaging, educating, and empowering its community; therefore, implementing a nutrition program centered on choice is a simple way to evaluate nutrition outreach education from ACFB to the community. Additionally, the food insecure populations of Georgia deserve healthy and nutritious food assistance that is culturally appropriate along with options that they enjoy eating.
Significance. This preclinical knowledge will be necessary to design slow-release pills that can achieve the maximal efficacy for tumor treatment without severe toxicity for clinical trials in humans. The Plan: To make this study more cost effective, we arrived at a conclusion that it should be done in two to three phases. At this time, only Phase A of the study (described below) will be performed.
Significance. To understand the context within which CREATTE operates, it is necessary to recognize three of the major transformational currents sweeping through Miami-Dade County with its population of about 2.5M: cultural diversity, economic and health disparities, and need for access to quality public health care (over 700,000 persons are uninsured).