Developing a Culturally Relevant NAAN Food Security Scale

Elderly Native American couple with their shopping cart
Photo Credit: USDA Photos by Lance Cheung with permission of Five Sandoval and Pueblo of Isleta.

The goal of this project is to understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Native American community on meeting their individual and community food needs. Understanding the impacts will inform the development of a culturally relevant measure of food security. Have a culturally relevant measure of food security is important for more meaningfully monitoring food security in communities with traditional food systems and strong cultural traditions connected to food.

Funder: Natural Hazards Center Quick Response Research Award Program, based on work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF Award #1635593)
Project Team: Marlene Wakefield (PI), Doctoral Student, Health Administration and Public Health Department, D’Youville College; Lauren Clay, UMBC (Co-PI)