NIH Presentation Highlight

by Alexis Hartranft on September 24, 2021

This past Thursday, Seniors Bryn Haden and Kavya Iyer co-presented, “Perceived Neighborhood Environments: Health Impacts and Catalysts for Change” with Dr. Elizabeth Ackley at National Institutes of Health: State of the Science Convening on Food Insecurity, Neighborhood Food Environment, and Nutrition Health Disparities. The research both Bryn, a Public Health and Health & Exercise Science double major and Kavya, a Biochemistry major, conducted was all supported through the Center for Community Health Innovation and Honors Program here at Roanoke College. The purpose of their project is, “To describe the efficacy of the Roanoke Valley Community Healthy Living Index as a scalable model for evaluating neighborhood food and physical activity environments and catalyzing policy and infrastructure change [and] to outline recent findings pertaining to the relationship between perceived neighborhood environments and health outcomes in youth.” Through their research, Bryn and Kavya concluded that, “Perceptions of neighborhood food and physical activity environments demonstrate promise in evaluating neighborhood environments and informing tailored interventions.” Please join us in congratulating Bryn and Kavya for their hard work and phenomenal presentation! 

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