Sackler Institute Funds Division Faculty Project

BarnoyaJoaquin Barnoya, MD, MPH, associate professor of surgery, has been funded by the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science Research, part of The New York Academy of Sciences. The project, The effect of occupations and school attendance on rural adolescent girls' nutritional status in Guatemala: a mixed methods study, will identify the risk factors associated with poor diet and physical activity in Guatemalan rural female adolescents. 

Yikyung Park, ScD, associate professor of surgery, will work with Dr. Barnoya on the dietary assessment needs in Guatemala. The end goal is to develop information interventions to improve access to healthy diets, especially among young women who do not attend school, but rather help with household chores or are employed during traditional high school years. The project is funded as one of six 2017 Sackler Institute projects, and will be conducted in rural Guatemala in collaboration with Peter Rohloff, MD, PhD, chief medical officer at Wuku Kawor, Maya Health Alliance.