Conference: April 4, 2022

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The full set of presentations and discussions is here.

Conference Agenda

Date:                     April 4, 2022

Time:                     10:30am eastern – 5:30pm eastern


Please join us for this long-form webinar recognizing the recent completion of 25 years of U.S. household food security measurement. This event will include presentations by participants in a small grants program that USDA supported in cooperation with Parke Wilde of Tufts University and Irma Arteaga of the University of Missouri ( The papers presented at this conference will be submitted for a special issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (JAND). The webinar is free with registration required.


10:30-10:50am   Introductions
10:50-11:10am   Setting the Stage. Irma Arteaga, University of Missouri. Parke Wilde, Tufts University.
11:10-11:30am  Validity Evidence for the Use of the USDA Adult Food Security Survey Module with American Indian and Alaska Native Adults. Cassandra Nguyen, Washington State University.
11:30-11:50am   Measuring Food Insecurity in Latino Families: Expanding Understanding of their Experiences Through Exploratory Interviewing and Cognitive Testing. Amanda McClain, San Diego State University. Cassandra Maria Johnson, Texas State University. Katherine Dickin, Cornell University
11:50am-12:05pm   Discussant I: Hilary Seligman
12:30-1:00pm       BREAK I
1:00-1:20pm       Structural Violence and Food Security: Building a Framework to Expand Research and Measurement. Chelsea Singleton, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Tulane University 
1:20-1:40pm       Developing a Disaster Food Security Scale. Lauren Clay, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Stephanie Rogus, New Mexico State University
1:40-1:55pm       Discussant II: Mariana Chilton
1:55-2:20pm       Q&A II 
2:20-2:50pm       BREAK II
2:50-3:10pm        Validation of an Abbreviated Child and Adult Food Security Scale (ACAFSS). Ana Poblacion, Boston University School of Medicine.
3:10-3:30pm       Personal Food Security. David Ribar, Georgia State University. Rodrigo Aranda, Georgia State University.
3:30-3:45pm       Discussant III: William Masters
3:45-4:10pm       Q&A III
4:10-4:30pm       BREAK III
4:30-4:50pm       Reflections. Alisha Coleman-Jensen, USDA ERS. Christian Gregory, USDA ERS.
4:50-5:30pm        Open question/discussion. Moderated by Parke Wilde, Tufts University 

Project Summary

To mark the 25th anniversary of U.S. household food security measurement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (USDA ERS) is supporting a suite of competitive grants on food security measurement methods, data, and future research needs.

The 6 selected project titles and investigators, announced in spring 2021, are summarized here and on the USDA/ERS website.

The initiative is managed by Tufts University (Dr. Parke Wilde) and the University of Missouri (Dr. Irma Arteaga). A Request for Proposals (RFP) invited proposals for research projects funded up to $50,000 (primarily small projects using secondary data or reviews of the existing research literature) and up to $100,000 (larger projects including primary data collection and new analysis).

Each grantee will produce a written conference paper, present the paper at the conference in April 2022, and produce a manuscript for inclusion in a journal special issue with a draft manuscript due in August and final manuscript due in November 2022.


Request for proposals releaseNov 16, 2020
Informational webinar for applicantsDec 17, 2020
Proposals dueFeb 19, 2021
Award notificationApr 9, 2021
Funding period (19 months) beginsMay 1, 2021
Conference manuscripts dueMar 28, 2022
Food security measurement conferenceApr 4, 2022
Manuscripts for journal special issueAug 22, 2022
Final manuscripts for journal special issueNov 11, 2022