A Call for Theory to Guide Equity-Focused Federal Child Nutrition Program Policy Responses and Recovery Efforts in Times of Public Health Crisis

The United States is currently transitioning from acute, emergency response efforts that characterized the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, to longer term recovery initiatives. Overall, the pandemic has highlighted the need for  Child Nutrition Programs, but also knowledge gaps that remain regarding their impact. Theory is a critical tool to guide long term responses, enhance federal nutrition assistance programs, promote child and family health, and address structural inequities and health disparities. This article details how theoretical frameworks can be correctly integrated to improve health outcomes.

Full citation: Cohen, J. F., Stowers, K. C., Odoms-Young, A., & Franckle, R. L. (2022). A call for theory to guide equity-focused Federal Child Nutrition Program policy responses and recovery efforts in times of public health crisis. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, S2212-2672. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2022.07.016