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MPH Graduate Identifies Critical Need for Sacramento Health Outcomes Data

SACRAMENTO, CA, July 26, 2013

Student Rosie Cerna

Drexel Sacramento Master of Public Health graduate Rosie Cerna concluded that it is impossible to determine the efficacy of CalFresh’s (formally Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recent re-branding to promote healthy eating because no data is currently collected on health outcomes for Sacramento’s CalFresh recipients. Cerna conducted a variety of key informant interviews and collected secondary data to draw this important conclusion about the program which promotes “better food for better living.”

Cerna believes that there is a critical need to collect CalFresh recipient health outcomes because low-income and food insecure individuals are disproportionately affected by disease and poor health.  She plans to continue her research, further examine our regional food system and gain a better understanding of how to effectively address the issues surrounding Sacramento's poor and food insecure.  For more information, please contact Rosie Cerna at rmc337@drexel.edu.