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  • Brief: Are sweetened beverage taxes equitable policy?

    This study—the first to our knowledge using real-world tax data—explored the economic equity aspects of sweetened beverage taxes (SBT). The study looked at taxes paid, and benefits received from programs supported with tax revenues, by people with lower and higher incomes in three U.S. cities. Findings Taxes paid by people with lower incomes accounted for...

    Date: August 31, 2022

    Author(s): Jones-Smith JC, Knox MA, Coe NB, Walkinshaw LP, Schoof J, Hamilton D, Hurvitz PM, Krieger J.

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  • Webflow Presentation – Washington State WIC Remote Services and Expanded Food Options: Insights from Washington’s COVID-19 Response

    In March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington (WA) State issued a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order and WA WIC clinics closed to the public. Federal and state policy changes were enacted to allow for remote services and expanded food options. This webflow depicts key insights from a study conducted in partnership with the...

    Date: December 1, 2021

    Author(s):
    UW study team: (Lead Investigator) Jennifer J. Otten, PhD, Food Systems Director and Associate Professor at the Nutritional Sciences Program and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) with the UW School of Public Health. Team members included: Emilee Quinn, MPH, Research Scientist, Center for Public Health Nutrition, UW SPH; Chelsea M. Rose, PhD, Research Coordinator, Epidemiology, UW SPH; Evelyn Morris, Research Coordinator, Nutritional Sciences Program Graduate Student; Annie Vuong, Visual Communication Design undergraduate student.
    WA WIC study team: Brittany Tybo, Deputy Director, Office of Nutrition Services, Cathy Franklin, WIC Improvement Project Coordinator, Jean O’Leary, WIC Nutrition Coordinator, Terri Trisler, Local Program Operations Supervisor, and Anh Tran, Research, Analysis & Evaluation Unit Supervisor.

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  • Infographic – Washington State WIC Remote Services and Expanded Food Options: Insights from Washington’s COVID-19 Response

    In March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington (WA) State issued a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order and WA WIC clinics closed to the public. Federal and state policy changes were enacted to allow for remote services and expanded food options. This infographic depicts key insights from a study conducted in partnership with the...

    Date: December 1, 2021

    Author(s):
    UW study team: (Lead Investigator) Jennifer J. Otten, PhD, Food Systems Director and Associate Professor at the Nutritional Sciences Program and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) with the UW School of Public Health. Team members included: Emilee Quinn, MPH, Research Scientist, Center for Public Health Nutrition, UW SPH; Chelsea M. Rose, PhD, Research Coordinator, Epidemiology, UW SPH; Evelyn Morris, Research Coordinator, Nutritional Sciences Program Graduate Student; Annie Vuong, Visual Communication Design undergraduate student.
    WA WIC study team: Brittany Tybo, Deputy Director, Office of Nutrition Services, Cathy Franklin, WIC Improvement Project Coordinator, Jean O’Leary, WIC Nutrition Coordinator, Terri Trisler, Local Program Operations Supervisor, and Anh Tran, Research, Analysis & Evaluation Unit Supervisor.

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  • WAFOOD Brief 11 – Special Research Brief: Food Security and Barriers to Food Assistance Use in Washington State Households, 2020-2021

    Published August 16, 2021, this brief provides a more detailed look at disparities in food security and barriers to food assistance use in Washington State Households during the COVID-19 pandemic [combined survey waves 1 (June/July 2020) and 2 (December 2020/January 2021)]. Initial Findings A total of 5,330 Washington State residents from all 39 counties responded...

    Date: August 16, 2021

    Author(s): The WAFOOD survey was a joint effort between the UW and WSU with collaboration from Tacoma Community College (TCC). The team comprises Adam Drewnowski, Director, Center for Public Health Nutrition and Professor, Epidemiology at UWSPH; Jennifer J. Otten, Food Systems Director and Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) at UWSPH; Laura R. Lewis, Director, Food Systems Program and an Associate Professor, Community and Economic Development at WSU; Sarah M. Collier, Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences and DEOHS at UWSPH; Brinda Sivaramakrishnan, Professor, Community Health at TCC; Chelsea M. Rose, Research Coordinator, Epidemiology at UWSPH; Alan Ismach, Research Coordinator, Health Services at UWSPH; Esther Nguyen, Research Assistant at UWSPH; and James Buszkiewicz, Research Scientist, Epidemiology at UWSPH.

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  • WAFOOD Brief 10 – Food Security and Food Access Amid COVID-19 in Spokane County Households

    Published August 16, 2021, this brief provides insights into Spokane County, Washington residents food security, food assistance, food access, mental well-being, and economic assistance during the winter of the COVID-19 pandemic (December 2020/January 2021). Initial Findings A total of 354 Spokane County residents responded to the WAFOOD 2 survey comprising 10% of the 3,511 statewide...

    Date: August 16, 2021

    Author(s): The WAFOOD survey was a joint effort between the UW and WSU with collaboration from Tacoma Community College (TCC). The team comprises Adam Drewnowski, Director, Center for Public Health Nutrition and Professor, Epidemiology at UWSPH; Jennifer J. Otten, Food Systems Director and Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) at UWSPH; Laura R. Lewis, Director, Food Systems Program and an Associate Professor, Community and Economic Development at WSU; Sarah M. Collier, Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences and DEOHS at UWSPH; Brinda Sivaramakrishnan, Professor, Community Health at TCC; Chelsea M. Rose, Research Coordinator, Epidemiology at UWSPH; Alan Ismach, Research Coordinator, Health Services at UWSPH; Esther Nguyen, Research Assistant at UWSPH; and James Buszkiewicz, Research Scientist, Epidemiology at UWSPH.

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  • WAFOOD Brief 9 – Food Security and Access Amid Covid-19: A Comprehensive Look at the Second Survey of Washington State Households

    Published July 2, 2021, this brief focuses on the experience of Washington State Households with food security, food assistance, food access, mental well-being, and economic assistance during the winter of the COVID-19 pandemic (December 2020/January 2021). Initial Findings A total of 3,511 Washington State residents responded to the WAFOOD 2 survey. Household 30-day food insecurity,...

    Date: July 2, 2021

    Author(s): The WAFOOD survey was a joint effort between the UW and WSU with collaboration from Tacoma Community College (TCC). The team comprises Adam Drewnowski, Director, Center for Public Health Nutrition and Professor, Epidemiology at UWSPH; Jennifer J. Otten, Food Systems Director and Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) at UWSPH; Laura R. Lewis, Director, Food Systems Program and an Associate Professor, Community and Economic Development at WSU; Sarah M. Collier, Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences and DEOHS at UWSPH; Brinda Sivaramakrishnan, Professor, Community Health at TCC; Chelsea M. Rose, Research Coordinator, Epidemiology at UWSPH; Alan Ismach, Research Coordinator, Health Services at UWSPH; Esther Nguyen, Research Assistant at UWSPH; and James Buszkiewicz, Research Scientist, Epidemiology at UWSPH.

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  • WAFOOD Brief 8 – Food Insecurity and Food Assistance During COVID-19: Follow-up Survey of Washington State Households

    Published May 10, 2021, this brief focuses on findings from WAFOOD 2 survey conducted December 2020 – January 2021, and examines changes in food insecurity and food assistance in Washington State households. Initial Findings A total of 3,511 Washington State residents responded to the WAFOOD 2 survey. Household food insecurity remains high at 27% with...

    Date: May 10, 2021

    Author(s): The WAFOOD survey was a joint effort between the UW and WSU with collaboration from Tacoma Community College (TCC). The team comprises Adam Drewnowski, Director, Center for Public Health Nutrition and Professor, Epidemiology at UWSPH; Jennifer J. Otten, Food Systems Director and Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) at UWSPH; Laura R. Lewis, Director, Food Systems Program and an Associate Professor, Community and Economic Development at WSU; Sarah M. Collier, Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences and DEOHS at UWSPH; Brinda Sivaramakrishnan, Professor, Community Health at TCC; Chelsea M. Rose, Research Coordinator, Epidemiology at UWSPH; Alan Ismach, Research Coordinator, Health Services at UWSPH; Esther Nguyen, Research Assistant at UWSPH; and James Buszkiewicz, Research Scientist, Epidemiology at UWSPH.

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  • WA Farm Brief 1 – COVID-19 Impacts & Adaptations Among Washington State Farm Businesses

    Published March 31, 2021, this brief summarizes key findings from the Washington State (WA) Farm COVID-19 Impacts and Adaptations Survey which was deployed from December 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021 to capture an end of season snapshot of farmer experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Key Findings A total of 265 responses from 33 of...

    Date: March 31, 2021

    Author(s): Collier, S.M., Fogel, A., Moore, M., Sipos, Y., Lewis, L., and Raymond, L.

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  • Memorandum: Identifying widespread COVID-19 impacts and shifts in the farming sector

    This memorandum summarizes key trends and takeaways identified through discussion with agriculture and food system professionals in Washington State in the fall of 2020. Common themes are presented related to challenges encountered, factors which facilitated or prevented adaptation, and expectations and concerns for the future. Find other publications related to this study on the project...

    Date: February 24, 2021

    Author(s): Anna Fogel, Yona Sipos, and Sarah Collier

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  • WAFOOD Brief 7 – Comparing Food Insecure and Food Secure Washington State Households During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to food. Published January 27, 2021, this spotlight series brief focuses on the 784 (30%) respondent households who were food insecure during the pandemic and contrasts their experience with the 1,730 food secure...

    Date: January 27, 2021

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