Associate Professor in Nutrition and Weight Manage
University of Kentucky
Dr. Ingrid K. Richards Adams is an Associate Professor of Nutrition and Weight Management at the University of Kentucky. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from The Ohio State University in Family and Consumer Sciences Education with a specialization in nutrition. She received a Ph.D. with double majors in Nutritional Sciences and Education from Iowa State University.
Dr. Adams works with populations who are disproportionally affected by obesity and chronic diseases for the purpose of designing effective and culturally appropriate interventions. She serves as Chair of the Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Growing Healthy Kids in Kentucky Conference. She is also the Chair of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Obesity Prevention. She also provides leadership as Co- Chair “”” eXtension, Family Food and Fitness Community of Practice.
Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians have above average obesity prevalence. However, there is a dearth of information on obesity and strategies for addressing disparities in obesity prevention among these groups. The specific goal of the project is to: Systematically identify, evaluate, and compile a body of evidence on strategies for addressing disparities in obesity prevention for Asian Americans with specific reference to Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians to best inform decision and policy makers and public health workers. This proposal will use the Locate Evidence, Evaluate Evidence, Assemble Evidence, Inform Decision (L.E.A.D) framework and a system perspective to conceptualize the causes of obesity among this group and to organize evidence needed for action.
My New Connections Experience
The main reason I applied for New Connections is that a former New Connections grantee (Jacqueline Pezzulo) shared about the program and encouraged me to apply for this funding opportunity. As I read more New Connections I realized that the program provided the support and resources that would help junior investigators implement and execute their research goals. The opportunity to engage in a community of scholars with similar interests and goals also provides the infrastructure for success. This funding will also create a pathway that would lead to the development, mentoring, and training of younger minority students and post-doctoral students through the involvement in my projects and opportunities for further funding.
- Award Year: 2013
- RWJF Team/Portfolio: Childhood Obesity
- Project Name: Developing strategies to address disparities in obesity prevention for Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians