Improving Health Among Food Insecure Populations - Economics Department - University of Dallas

Improving Health Among Food Insecure Populations - Economics Department - University of Dallas


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action* funding is being used to investigate an ongoing, large-scale natural experiment of a shift in charitable food distribution to a community-based model. This work will strengthen the evidence base for understanding health among food insecure populations and inform local, regional, and national efforts to ensure efficient and equitable food distribution. In particular, we will examine how engaging clients within their community can improve social resilence, which then can lead to improved social, economic, and health outcomes.

*Evidence for Action is a national program office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Project Co-PI's: Tammy Leonard and Sandi Pruitt

Crossroads ClientCare Longitudinal (CCL) Database

The project has expanded the reach and content of the Crossroads ClientCare Longitudinal (CCL) Database. The CCL Database contains repeat observations of over 7000 households who have visited Crossroads Community Services (CCS) since 2013. The CCL Database is available for use by interested researchers and nonprofit organizations.


Leonard T, Hughes AE, Pruitt SL. (2017) Understanding how low-socioeconomic status households cope with health shocks: An analysis of multi-sector linked data. The American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 669,(1), 2017

Higashi, RT, Lee, SJC, Leonard, T, Quirk, L, Pruitt, SL. (2017) Family and social context contributes to the interplay of economic insecurity, food insecurity, and health. Annals of Anthropology Practice, Vol 41(2), 67-77.

Pruitt SL, Leonard T, Xuan L, Amory R, Higashi RT, Nguyen OK, Pezzia C & Swales S. (2016) Who is Food Insecure? Implications for Targeted Recruitment and Outreach. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2005-2010. Preventing Chronic Disease, Vol. 13:E143, 2016.

Higashi RT, Craddock Lee, SJ, Leonard T, Cuate EL, Cole J & Pruitt SL. (2015) Multiple Comorbidities and Interest in Research Participation Among Clients of a Nonprofit Food Distribution Site. Clinical and Translational Science, Vol. 8(5):584-590, 2015.


Si X, Leonard T. (2018) Making a Difference: Research results generated with CCS's Dataset, Presented to Crossroads Community Services staff, board and volunteers, June 2018.

Leonard T, Andrews D, Pezzia C, Quirk L, Pruitt SL. Ripple effects: Do the details of food assistance delivery impact individual health? Poster presented at the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science Annual Meeting, October 3, 2017.

Cross-sector collaboration in research: Implications for study design and approach. RWJF's Sharing Knowledge to Build a Culture of Health Conference, Louisville, KY, Feb. 22-24, 2017.

Assessment of Dallas County Food Pantries as Novel Partners for Health Promotion Interventions. Poster at Texas Public Health Association Meeting, Ft Worth, TX. March 2017.

Food insecurity and health: Development and initial findings of a community research collaboration. Oral presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November 1, 2016.

Effect of Health Shocks on Resource Acquisition for Food Insecure Households: A Social Observatory Analysis. Paper presented at the Conference on New Data Linkages, jointly sponsored by NSF and NIH, Washington, DC. Washington, D.C, March 25, 2016.