Associate Professor of Nutrition and Director of the Healthy Cities Collaborative
Angela Odoms-Young, fellow in UIC’s Institute for Health Research and Policy, focuses on the social, cultural and environmental determinants of diet and related diseases in low-income and minority populations.
She studied the impact of a new WIC food package on diet, weight, and risk of chronic disease in low-income toddlers. She also researched strategies to increase WIC participation among eligible children.
She evaluated a community-based intervention to help African American women lose weight, and she serves on the executive committee of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children.
Odoms-Young has contributed to several Institute of Medicine reports, including the Review of WIC Food Packages: Proposed Framework for Revisions: Interim Report, published in November 2015.
She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees at Cornell University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship on family processes in diverse populations at Pennsylvania State University/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a fellowship in community-based participatory research at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.