A virtual guest lecture about nutrition and health disparities by Angela Odoms-Young for NUTR 305 (nutritional epidemiology). Open to the general Friedman community.
Angela Odoms-Young, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and is the Associate Director for Research and Education in the Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships also at UIC. Her research explores the social and structural determinants of dietary behaviors and diet-related diseases in low-income and Black/Latinx populations and centers on identifying culturally appropriate programs and policies that promote health equity, food justice, and community resilience. Dr. Odoms-Young has over 20 years’ experience partnering with communities to improve nutrition and health and 200+ academic publications, book chapters, and presentations. She has served on numerous advisory committees and boards including the National Academy of Sciences Food and Nutrition Board, the Institute of Medicine committees to develop the nutrition standards for the National School Lunch Program/School Breakfast Program and to revise the food packages provided in the Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and Council on Black Health. Locally, Dr. Odoms-Young has been a member of the Board of the Greater Chicago Food Depository (previous), American Heart Association Chicago Metro Board (current), and Blacks in Green (current). Dr. Odoms-Young received her B.S. in Foods and Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and M.S./PhD in Community Nutrition from Cornell University. Additionally, she completed a Family Research Consortium Postdoctoral Fellowship examining family processes in diverse populations at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Community Health Scholars Fellowship in community-based participatory research at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Prior to joining UIC, Dr. Odoms-Young served on the faculty of Northern Illinois University in Public Health and Health Education.