Category Archives: Research

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    Reflections on Connecting Community Outreach and Research

    Posted on June 27, 2014 by in Blog, Research

    by Josephine McKelvy In the midst of all of our preparations for the next round of interviews and wrapping up our community celebrations in Harnett, Lee, and Wake County, have we forgotten to give back to the community? These past few months have flown by in a flurry of community celebrations! Our weekly meetings show […]

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    Year 3 Interviews Starting Soon!

    Posted on June 20, 2014 by in Blog, Research

    by Sinikka Elliott We are getting ready to start a new round of interviewing with the mothers and grandmothers who so generously gave of their time and knowledge in the first year of the project (2012).  The research team has been busy developing interview and survey questions and working through logistics. In fact, it has […]

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    Time Keeps on Slippin’, Slippin’, Slippin’: Perceptions of Time among Researchers and Families

    Posted on January 10, 2014 by in Blog, Research

    By Josephine McKelvy (with Sinikka Elliott) Now that our time tagging along with families has wrapped up, we have started mulling over what we have learned from spending time in people’s homes, as well as going along with them as they shopped for food and took their children to school and various appointments.  One unexpected […]

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    Hungry Families Need More Support

    Posted on October 25, 2013 by in Blog, Research

    by Sarah Bowen and Sinikka Elliott According to the USDA, almost 18 million American households are food insecure, meaning that they don’t have the food they need to live a healthy life. As part of an ongoing research project, we’ve had the opportunity to talk with lots of families with young children in North Carolina […]

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    WIC in NC: A researcher’s perspective

    Posted on October 11, 2013 by in Blog, Research

    By Josephine McKelvy It’s been seven years since I redeemed my last WIC voucher, coincidentally also in October. I still remember the tedious check-out process at the grocery store each month. Did we get the right kind of cheese? Is this the right amount of cereal? What are we going to do with yet another bag […]

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  • The Voices of Mothers in Southeast Raleigh

    Posted on April 30, 2013 by in Blog, Research, Wake County

    by Joslyn Brenton and Rachel Powell In 2012, the Voices into Action research team conducted 43 in-depth interviews with African American and Latina mothers and grandmothers in Southeast Raleigh. Our goal was to better understand the successes they experience and the challenges they face when it comes to feeding their children and keeping them healthy. […]

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    Voices of mothers in Lee County, NC

    Posted on March 25, 2013 by in Blog, Lee County, Research

    By Joslyn Brenton In 2012 the Voices into Action research team conducted 46 in-depth interviews with mothers and grandmothers in Lee County.  I am one of the researchers who travel around interviewing the mothers who participate in our study. It is a great job! I have had the opportunity to meet so many kind and […]

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  • How We Are Putting Your Voice into Action

    Posted on November 27, 2012 by in Blog, Research

    by Joslyn Brenton November is coming to a close, and the research team is wrapping up our first year of interviews. We spent a great deal of time talking with participants, asking each one questions about how they feed their kids and keep them healthy. At this point, participants may be wondering what we do […]

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    Food and Emotions

    Posted on October 12, 2012 by in Blog, Research

      by Joslyn Brenton Hello from the research desk! In this blog entry I want to talk about the link between food and emotions. We have been asking the mothers in our study, “When you hear about nutrition and weight, for example on TV, what do you feel like you hear about?” Many tell us […]

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    What is a sociologist?! (and what do they do?)

    Posted on September 17, 2012 by in Blog, Research

      By: Joslyn Brenton       I am a sociologist. When I tell people this, I usually get a strange look. “A what?” people will say. “Is that like a psychologist?” others will ask. These are good questions. You do not meet that many sociologists because most of us work at universities where we […]

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