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The promise of global health requires us to address some of the most complex and difficult challenges facing humans. From water insecurity to obesity, sustainable solutions will need to address not just the medical, but also the social, cultural, political, ecological and economic challenges we face in a globalized era. Our research, training, and outreach efforts in global health are about understanding and supporting communities confronting global health challenges. Located in the school that has the nation’s foremost research-intensive anthropology program gives us a unique means to build the global health solutions that put people first.
Expert Lead: Nutritionist Meg Bruening
Each year our center pushes forward one ground-breaking and important theme that we believe can reinvent and reimagine how we do global health.
Food insecurity – lack of access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food – often coexists with other forms of disadvantage like poverty. Under the intellectual lead of public health nutritionist Meg Bruening, this year we are developing and testing new approaches unraveling the complex causes and consequences of food insecurity. We are doing this in an array of locations, from close to home on the ASU campus where food security is a known challenge for our students, to eastern Ethiopia where we are testing how the effects of food insecurity on illness intersect with and are worsened by other resource shortages. The overarching point is to understand how food insecurity relates directly or indirectly to many other dimensions of well-being beyond nutrition itself, including social well-being, educational attainment, mental health, child growth and household resilience.