Anna Adachi Mejia PhD

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Anna Adachi Mejia PhD headshot

Anna

Adachi-Mejia

PhD

Assistant Professor
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Professional Bio

Dr. Adachi-Mejia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. She is also a member of the Cancer Control Research Program at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at the Geisel School of Medicine. Dr. Adachi-Mejia’s research portfolio focuses on obesity prevention across the lifespan through examination of the role of multiple streams of influences – individual, media, and community influences – with a special interest in rural underserved areas. She is particularly interested in healthy eating, active living, and healthy sleep behaviors in children and adults. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, she explores people’s challenges and successes to living healthfully and how their time spent is associated with healthy behaviors and outcomes.

Project Description

The goal of this study is to analyze the impact of school vending machine policies on adolescent beverage consumption in predominantly rural high schools across New Hampshire and Vermont. Using data from an ongoing study (NIEHS, ES014218, PI: Dalton, M) that involves over 2,000 adolescents from 38 middle schools and high schools, the project examines the natural variation in school vending machine policies and content and determine whether beverage options in school vending machines influence adolescents’ beverage consumption.

Findings

Dr. Adachi-Mejia examined the following: school beverage vending machines (content and advertising); local wellness policies (school beverage vending); adolescent beverage consumption and BMI.

Specific findings will be listed here after the related publications are released.

Why I Applied to New Connections

My New Connections grant ties together two key areas of investigation that I have always been interested in: how policy and the built environment affects children’s health; and the health issues of rural, underserved populations. One of the central challenges for junior investigators is making the transition from graduate student to independent investigator. The New Connections award has offered me a tremendous opportunity to develop new professional collaborations as I refine my own areas of investigation as an independent researcher.

What New Connections Means for my Career

New Connections offers comprehensive development and support to junior minority investigators. This grant has enabled me to tap into a global community of scholars. It offers a celebration of my work as a complete person — including my heritage and life experience.

The multifaceted resources offer crucial training for professors: how to network; how to write productively; how to publish; how to disseminate your work; how to mentor; how to support each other.

This grant continues to open multiple doors — including becoming a grant reviewer and a mentor to junior faculty — and has significantly increased the visibility of my work at my institution and in the larger community.

Having this grant has been like having my very own cheering team.

Research Interests

Topic areas:
Community Interventions to Promote Rural Health; Healthy Eating Programs in Rural Schools and Worksites; Barriers to Physical Activity and Exercise in Rural Underserved Populations; Epidemiology and Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use
Methodology:

Survey Research Methods; Quality of Life Measurement

Discipline(s)

Social Sciences; Population Health; Behavioral Health

Populations Served

Rural underserved populations in New Hampshire and Vermont

Honors and Awards

Who’s Who, Minority & Women Doctoral Directory (2004)
Society of Behavioral Medicine’s 25th Anniversary Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions Citation Recipient (2004)
Center for Environmental Health at Dartmouth, Postdoctoral Fellow (2002)
NAMI Research Institute, Stanley Scholars Program, Predoctoral Fellow (1996-2000)

Other Personal Links

http://geiselmed.dartmouth.edu/faculty/facultydb/view.php?uid=2291

The Details
  • New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
  • Award Year: 2007 Healthy Eating Research
  • RWJF Team/Portfolio: Childhood Obesity
  • Project Name: Assessing the Impact of School Vending Machine Policies on Rural Adolescent Beverage Consumption
    Dr. Anna M. Adachi-Mejia’s New Connections project analyzes the impact of school vending machine policies on adolescent beverage consumption in predominantly rural high schools across New Hampshire and Vermont. Using data from an ongoing study that involves over 2,000 adolescents from 38 middle schools and high schools, the project examines variations in school vending machine policies and content and determine whether beverage options in school vending machines influence adolescents’ beverage consumption.

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