Food, Culture, and Health Study (‘Cunno, Caado, & Caafimaad’ Study)

What is the purpose of this study? We want to better understand the strengths and challenges of refugee and immigrant youth and families in Minnesota, Florida and elsewhere in staying healthy, especially during pandemic times. Our findings will help community organizations, schools, families/caregivers and professionals to better support youth and families in being healthy and resilient.

Minneapolis & Twin Cities Metro (MN)

Miami & South Florida Metro (FL)

Who is running this study? The Food, Culture, and Health Study (‘Cunno, Caado, & Caafimaad’ Study) expands the transdisciplinary research of the CFL Lab to new communities by investigating the roles of acculturation and media in the nutrition of U.S. immigrant and refugee families, especially in a post-COVID-19 and post #GeorgeFloyd national context. This collaborative project team pictured above includes researchers from the University of Minnesota, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Miami. This study has been approved by the IRBs of the University of Minnesota (IRB STUDY00011248) and the University of Miami (IRB ID: 20201309).

The Food, Culture, & Health Study team zoom meeting, June 2020. Top Row L-R: Sarah Gillespie (Graduate research fellow), Dr. Gail Ferguson (PI), Noa Cherney (Undergrad RA), Dr. Saida Abdi (Co-I). Second row from top L-R: Dr. Michelle Nelson (Co-PI), Dr. Guerda Nicolas (Co-I), Dr. Regina Ahn (Co-I), Dr. Lisa Harnack (Co-I). Third row from top L-R: Reece Alstat (Undergrad RA), Salma Ibrahim (Undergrad RA), Dr. Steve Tran (Stats Consultant), Dr. Fanita Tyrell (Pdoc Fellow). L-R bottom row: Dr. Roli Dwivedi (Co-I); Lauren Sarah Eckerstorfer (Undergrad RA), Fernanda Da Silva (Graduate RA), and Lauren Eales (Graduate RA & CFL Lab manager).

Who is funding this study? This project is funded by a 2020 Research Acceleration Developmental Project seed grant through the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. The grant is awarded to an existing interdisciplinary partnership to support novel studies that break new ground or extend previous work in new directions.