Public Impact

Public Impact

Public Impact at TuftsPolicy has always been at the core of our mission, but until now, there was no concerted, school-wide effort made to improve and expand our impact on policy, media, the world of nutrition, and all its related disciplines. As we look to build capacity to influence policy, create impact, and further establish ourselves as a trusted resource, we set goals that use our current strengths to build new ones.


Breaking the Pattern of Childhood Obesity

From the start, ChildObesity180’s approach to addressing the epidemic has been unique: combine rigorous research and evaluation, innovative strategies, multi-sector collaboration, and eventual widespread promulgation of evidence-based practices.

Feed the Future - Nutrition Innovation Lab

The goals of the Nutrition Innovation Lab are to generate empirical evidence on the effectiveness of integrated interventions targeting nutrition outcomes in vulnerable populations such as women, infants and young children and to generate human and institutional capacity at local and national levels to identify problems, apply appropriate research tools, assess intervention options, implement best practices, and document impact.

Parke Wilde

Parke Wilde is an associate professor at the Friedman School. His general research focus is on U.S. food and nutrition policy; consumer economics and federal food assistance programs. Current and past research includes a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Healthy Incentive Pilot (HIP); the geography of local food retail, federal commodity checkoff programs, and food and beverage marketing to children. You can read more about his work at his blog, U.S. Food Policy.

Beatrice Lorge Rogers

Bea Rogers is Professor of Economics and Food Policy and Director of the Food Policy and Applied Nutrition Program, which draws on the multidisciplinary expertise of the School, and focuses on the economic, political, and social science dimensions of global nutrition challenges.

Dariush Mozaffarian

Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian has been the Friedman School dean since July 2014. He is a board-certified cardiologist and epidemiologist whose research focuses on the effects of diet and lifestyle on cardiometabolic health, including global impacts of suboptimal diet and effectiveness of policies to improve diets around the world. 

Christina Economos

Christina Economos, PhD, is a Professor and the New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Medical School at Tufts University. She is also the co-Founder and Director of ChildObesity180, a unique organization that brings together leaders from diverse disciplines to generate urgency, and find solutions to the childhood obesity epidemic. ChildObesity180 merges the best in nutrition and public health research and practice with the expertise and experience of business, government, and nonprofit leaders.

Cancer and Nutrition

A new study from Friedman's Fang Fang Zhang compared the dietary patterns of cancer survivors to federal guidelines, and found that they often fall short. Published in CANCER this week, and covered by the Los Angeles Times, her findings point to the need for dietary interventions in this vulnerable population. 

Eileen Kennedy

Eileen Kennedy is a former dean of the Friedman School. Currently a professor at the school, Kennedy's research interests include assessing the health, nutrition, diet and food security impacts of policies and programs; nutrient density and diet diversity; and agriculture nutrition linkages. She is a member of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the UN Committee on World Food Security.

Jennifer Sacheck

Jennifer Sacheck's research interests lie at the intersection of nutrition, physical activity, and health promotion. She was initially drawn to this field through her early studies in muscle physiology and more recently through obesity and chronic disease prevention research which has spanned basic science to community-based work.

Daniel Maxwell

Daniel Maxwell, PhD, is a professor and acting director of the Feinstein International Center at the Friedman School. Over the past thirty years, he has combined the leadership of food security, livelihoods and humanitarian programming with applied research and teaching. He has managed or advised programs at grass roots, national, and regional levels with focus on strategic planning, program analysis and design, and monitoring and evaluation in livelihoods, food security, and resilience, emergency preparedness and response, and in humanitarian policy.

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