Saria Lofton

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    College: Nursing Department: Health Systems Science
    Title: Clinical Assistant Professor
    Office: 1038 Phone: 312-355-2125
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    I investigate food access in the African-American community. I in interested in the proliferation of community-supported agriculture as well as ways to develop sustainable urban farms within the African-American community. I am currently working on investigating the intended and unintended effects of community-supported agriculture. I am still in the process of collecting data through semi-structured interviews with garden and urban farm managers and owners.

    I also examine youth engagement in health promotion, specifically HIV prevention in Malawi, Africa. I am interested in how youth can become change agents in modifying structural elements in their environment that promote HIV risk reduction efforts. I am currently working on manuscripts as a result of the pilot study that I have conducted in Malawi, Africa.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Basic writing and computer skills; ability to use Excel; interest in health promotion, public health and community engagement; must have or be willing to obtain CITI (IRB) certification

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    The student will be managing qualitative data, conducting literature searches, providing analyses, and will have the opportunity to work on future publications.

    The student will also be encouraged to provide substantial input on the research project.

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