About NFACT

New York - Albany Capital Region

Christine T. Bozlak

University at Albany - State University of New York

Christine Bozlak, PhD, MPH, is an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Behavior at the University at Albany School of Public Health. She also co-directs the Maternal and Child Health Program at the School of Public Health. Her research interests are in the areas of maternal and child health with a specific focus on childhood obesity prevention, healthy food access, and positive youth development. She is currently co-leading a survey on the impact of COVID-19 on New York Capital Region produce recovery and redistribution organizational stakeholders.

Beth J Feingold, M.E.Sc. M.P.H. Ph.D.

University at Albany - State University of New York

Dr. Beth J Feingold, M.E.Sc. M.P.H. Ph.D., is an interdisciplinary environmental health scientist studying the food-environment-health nexus. She is an Assistant Professor at UAlbany School of Public Health, where she is the Principal Investigator on a Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research-funded study to assess the environmental, nutritional and health impacts of surplus produce recovery and redistribution in New York’s Capital Region.

Akiko S. Hosler, Ph.D

University at Albany - State University of New York

Dr. Akiko S. Hosler, Ph.D is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Univ. at Albany School of Public Health. She has led numerous built environment research projects to investigate disparities in access to healthy foods, tobacco, and walkable streets. She has also worked extensively in surveillance and program evaluation relating to type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Roni Neff

Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Roni Neff is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health & Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a program director at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, an academic center focused on food systems and public health. Her research and teaching focus on food system resilience and environmental sustainability, with emphasis on equity and evidence-informed policy. Within NFACT, she serves on the executive team, co-leads the national survey (to be run 5x over one year), is running the survey in Maryland, and is working with the Albany, NY team on an adapted version. Her COVID-19 projects beyond NFACT include leading a national survey of food system workers, and contributing to creation of indicators to track food system impacts and resilience.

Mariana Torres Arroyo

University at Albany - State University of New York

Mariana Torres Arroyo holds a BA in food engineering and an M.Sc. in Human Ecology. She is a Ph.D. student in Environmental Health Sciences at the University at Albany School of Public Health. She is interested in the overlap between food systems, environmental health and social justice, and she is currently part of a project supported by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research that examines the environmental and nutritional impacts of wasted food and the recovery and redistribution of produce in New York's Capital Region. She has an interest in interdisciplinary food-related research and in using systems thinking to understand food challenges and Mexico's food situation.

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