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Betty Izumi, PhD, MPH, RD

School of Public Health Oregon Health & Science University Portland State University

Betty T. Izumi, PhD, MPH, RD is a registered dietitian and associate professor in the joint School of Public Health at Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University. She is also the director of the MPH program in Health Promotion. Dr. Izumis research focuses on issues at the intersection of nutrition, sustainability, and health equity. She uses a community-based participatory research approach to explore the
question: Can diet quality and health be improved among underserved individuals in such a way that promotes vibrant and resilient local food systems?
She is the principal investigator of Harvest for Healthy Kids, a nutrition intervention developed in partnership with Mt. Hood Community College Head Start and Early Head Start. Harvest for Healthy Kids connects children in early care and education settings to local agriculture through classroom education, foodservice modification, and family engagement. In 2016, Harvest for Healthy Kids was awarded the Society for Nutrition
Education and Behavior Nutrition Education Program Impact Award. She also supports Zenger Farm, a local non-profit organization on evaluating the impact of CSA Partnerships for Health, a community-based program that links Federally Qualified Health Centers with CSA farms to increase access to fresh foods among low-income patients. During the 2017-18 academic year, Dr. Izumi joined the Division of Natural Sciences at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo as a Fulbright scholar. Together with her colleagues at Ochanomizu University and Montana State University, she conducted an ethnographic study of school lunch programs in Tokyo elementary schools.