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2021 Honors Thesis Projects:

Food, Nutrition, & Environmental Policy


Posters under this theme address relevant aspects of food systems, nutrition, health, and environmental health, including a comprehensive analysis of actions promoted by governments and the private sector to the impact of climate change on food security and sanitation.

Food Insecurity: Exploring the Individual and Social Bodies' Positions within Hierarchical Food Systems Through a Lens of Critical Race Theory

by Joseph Sales

Food insecurity is rampant throughout the U.S. and met with solutions that do not address underlying discrimination. I am exploring the individual and social bodies’ positions within hierarchical food systems through a lens of critical race theory. The concept of race and ethnicity is a factor that is applied to the social determinants of health, however, is not...

Climate Change Impacts on Water and Health Among Children in Coastal Bangladesh

by Carolina Hernandez-Osorio

Climate change has negatively impacted child and maternal health because of poor water quality that is influenced by salinity levels, fecal contamination, poor hygiene, and metal compound contamination. In this paper I will examine the complexities of water contamination and its relation to health disparities within children and maternal populations...

Validity of Sanitation Interventions: What Influences Decision Making and Latrine Adoption in Rural Ghana and Rural India

by Michaela Droog

In rural communities, lack of hygiene and sanitation remains a large issue due to various reasons leading to serious illnesses and numerous fatalities. Observing rural areas in Ghana and India brings attention to the more complex social and structural factors that could be overlooked when focusing on a whole country. By focusing research on smaller, rural...

American Hunger: Social Ideology and the Fight Against Food Insecurity

by Aurora Bissiri

Food insecurity affects millions of people annually in the United States, a strange phenomenon in one of the world’s wealthiest and most developed nations. In this paper, I look to explain the continued experience of food insecurity(FI) among American children and families as a consequence of American social ideology. As celebrated and uniquely American as...

Vilnerabilite and Resiliencia: How Haiti and the Dominican Republic are Differentially Prepared to Face a Changing Climate

by Cora Becker

Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the island of Hispaniola, and therefore have a similar risk of experiencing natural disasters, unpredictable weather patterns, and other phenomena that are increasing as a result of climate change. Yet in recent decades, Haiti has been considered to be at a significantly higher climate risk — this is due to...

Comprehensive Policies & Adolescence Obesity

by Berekengeta Elias

Obesity is a condition that effects 42.8% of adults and about 20% of adolescences. The prevalence of Obesity is expected to increase. By 2030, the American population is expected to have a 60% obese population. Public Health efforts that are comprehensive in nature, need to be implemented. Specifically, efforts should be implemented in public...

The Effects of Acculturation on the Cultural Food Practices of Rural Mexican Immigrants

by Arianna Zavala

Background​: Obesity and other diseases such as cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease are negatively impacting Latino groups. These health effects are believed to be a result of dietary changes due to acculturation within the United States. In fact, research has suggested that the longer immigrants reside in a new country the more likely they are to...

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