Public Impact Initiative at the Friedman School

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Born from the Friedman School Strategic Plan in 2016, the Public Impact Initiative seeks to translate science into action, bringing cutting-edge, actionable policy evidence, strategies, and interventions to policymakers and other relevant stakeholders to help address the nutrition crisis.

Why now?

Now more than ever before, Americans recognize the importance of nutrition. The food industry and the media are shifting to keep up with rapidly changing taste preferences and demand for healthier options. It is time for policymakers to make pace with growing concern for diet-related disease and make changes to federal food programs in line with the public interest. The window for meaningful change is opening, and the time for action is now.

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Why Tufts?

The tide is turning in favor of nutrition, and Tufts is at the forefront of nutrition research and advocacy. As the oldest and largest graduate school of nutrition in North America, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University has the science, experience, entrepreneurial spirit, execution and networks to lead this change. See below for a sample list of our many partners, initiatives, and resources: 

Food is Medicine

Our country faces a national nutrition crisis. Our food system is a major cause of poor health, ever-rising healthcare costs, strangled government budgets, diminished economic competitiveness of American business, reduced military readiness, and hunger and disparities. Americans of all backgrounds see these problems, and are hungry for and value leadership to create lasting solutions.

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Public Impact Initiative Contacts

Dariush Mozaffarian

Dariush Mozaffarian

Friedman School Dean

Jerold R. Mande

Jerold R. Mande

Professor of the Practice

Corby Kummer

Corby Kummer

Senior Lecturer

Portrait of Grace Flaherty

Grace Flaherty

Research Scholar

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