Elizabeth Racine, a professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, will discuss “Global Health: Progress and Challenges” for the fifth installment of the 2018 Great Decisions Lecture Series. This free, public presentation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Charlotte Country Day School.
Racine’s research is focused on the evaluation of nutrition and physical activity policies and programs. Locally, she has evaluated a number of programs such as the Latino Food and Fun Program; Achieve 225, a purposeful play intervention in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; and Building Healthy Lifestyles in All Directions, a nutrition and physical activity intervention in Cabarrus County childcare centers.
Nationally, she has evaluated the impact of food assistance programs on diet quality and food security. She has evaluated elements of the WIC program; the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program; the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; and SOS, a home-delivered feeding program similar to Meals on Wheels. Internationally, she partners with colleagues in India to study the impact of economic development on food security, infant feeding practices and obesity.
The Office of International Programs facilitates the annual Great Decisions lecture series for the Charlotte community each winter to discuss foreign policy issues selected as pressing by the Foreign Policy Association. The series is coordinated in collaboration with Charlotte Country Day School, International House of Charlotte and the World Affairs Council of Charlotte.