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How Gender and Racial Inequity Impact Food Security

For Jennifer Cadenhead (Ph.D. ’21, M.S. ’18), a simple Nutrition 101 course was enough to inspire the trajectory of her career path. Previously working in the corporate sector, she found that her own health struggles ignited a deeper interest in nutrition and health.


“I took a Nutrition 101 course and realized that so many of the chronic health issues that Black individuals suffer from are ultimately related to food,” she explains as to why she became a registered dietitian and went back to school to pursue a doctorate at TC and become a nutrition researcher.


Now the Executive Director of the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Cadenhead is identifying the ways in which current food policies and practices are contributing to food insecurity for underserved communities, but especially women and people of color.


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