J-TICH aims to:

  • Promote community-generated approaches to scholarship focused on food, nourishment, nutrition security, and community flourishing.
  • Advance equity by fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion through open access to journal content.
  • Foster the development and sharing of impactful SNAP-Ed interventions.
  • Serve as a resource for training and technical assistance to SNAP-Ed implementers and non-funded partners.

J-TICH is committed to advancing the field of trauma-informed nutrition security by:

  • Highlighting the profound impact of community and collaboration and its potential to enhance the health and well-being of SNAP-Ed participants and low-income individuals.
  • Facilitating learning and growth by curating, enhancing, and disseminating rigorous, reproducible, and impactful information.
  • Providing a platform for voices not traditionally heard in scholarly work to share information and tell stories. 
  • Sharing practice and research that connects the science of nourishment and nutrition security to the context of community engagement, interventions, and advocacy. 

We believe that the work done in our communities and the content shared in J-TICH should represent everyone. As such, we recognize that we are responsible for overcoming inequities and fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion in our communities.

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Monica Bhagwan, MA, Certified Trauma Support Specialist
Director of Curriculum, Leah’s Pantry

Monica initiated and oversees the application of a trauma-informed lens to food and nutrition programs at Leah’s Pantry. She has spent the last two decades envisioning and implementing innovative nutrition and food programs that mitigate adversity and offer nourishing experiences for all. Based in San Francisco, she has a Master’s Degree in Food Studies from New York University and has been a professional cook.

Dr. Wei-ting Chen, PhD
Director of the Food for Health Equity Lab,
Associate Director of Community Partnerships at the Office of Community Engagement at Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Chen received her doctorate in sociology from the Johns Hopkins University. Previously, she worked as a Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences Advisor with UC Cooperative Extension in the San Francisco Bay Area. She oversaw the successful implementation of federal nutrition education programs reaching thousands of low-income residents. She has also lent her expertise to the creation of health communication products and websites as a contractor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her research interests focus on the impact of social inequality on health behaviors and health outcomes, particularly around people’s relationship to food and the food environment.

Dr. Eric Hazzard, PhD
Senior Director of Business Development, NourishedRx 

Eric is a proven healthcare technology executive who drives significant results by understanding complex market value propositions, achieving strategic clients and partnerships, and shaping product strategy. He is a passionate and determined leader with an extensive and varied skill set and the ability to turn ideas into viable business models. Eric has a PhD in Nutritional Biology and a BS in Animal Science, both from the University of California, Davis.

Adrienne Markworth, MA, Certified Trauma Support Specialist
Executive Director, Leah’s Pantry

A proven innovator at the intersection of public health and food security, Adrienne Markworth has led her organization to impact thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations through the development, implementation, and evaluation of cutting-edge programs and products. Through a focus on accountability to program participants, translation of trauma and resilience research into practice, and a deep appreciation of collaboration and ongoing learning, Adrienne enjoys working across systems and settings to support sustainable community and individual nourishment.

Jenna McCarthy, MA
Project Director, CalFresh Healthy Living at Community Service Solutions

Jenna has worked for CalFresh Healthy Living for four years, and in that time, she has coordinated several nutrition and physical activity programs for rural California residents, including school gardens, school wellness policy revision, CATCH® PE, and trauma-informed nutrition education. She previously worked as a lecturer of college English, teaching predominantly first-generation and multilingual students across the country, and focusing her research on critical pedagogy with an emphasis on alternative grading methods.

Andra Nicoli, MA, CalFresh Healthy Living, University of California Program & Policy Analyst, Strategic Initiatives

Dedicated to the design, development, and implementation of effective, community engaged public health programs, Andra has worked for over 25 years in program management at local, federal, and international levels. For the past 12 years, Andra has facilitated the advancement of state and local nutrition education, physical activity and garden enhanced programming affecting thousands of low resource Californians through CalFresh Healthy Living, UC, based at UC Davis. She is particularly interested in rural access to quality, culturally appropriate public health education that exemplifies a commitment to continuous quality improvement methods and applying local voice in program delivery approaches with the goal of reducing health disparities.

Dr. Shiloh Williams, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, CNE
Assistant Professor, Concentration Chair - MS in Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Systems,
San Diego State University - Imperial Valley,
San Diego State University - School of Nursing 

Dr. Shiloh Williams is an Imperial Valley, California native, an Assistant Professor and Concentration Chair for the MS in Nursing Leadership program in the School of Nursing at SDSU-IV. Dr. Williams has an extensive background in nursing care delivery, nursing, and healthcare leadership and administration, nursing education, and clinical trial management. Hoping to reduce healthcare disparities and support equitable distribution of healthcare in her community, Dr. Williams focuses her research efforts on understanding the health literacy needs of a predominantly Hispanic and underserved population living on the US/Mexico border with the goal of developing educational interventions and materials for people who possess low health literacy and English as a second language. Dr. Williams has also successfully developed an organizational research oversight council and a fully integrated multidisciplinary clinical research department in a small rural border hospital. Other interests include strategies for student success in diverse student populations, rural healthcare policy development, and leadership.

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