Summary of talk:
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) covers almost half of new born infants in the U.S. and more than a quarter of American children up to age 5. Compared to other food assistance programs, such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), WIC policy is much more complicated but receives much fewer attentions from policy researchers. We conducted a series of research studies, using the mixed-methods, behavioral-economics, and field experiments to understand the behaviors related to WIC benefit redemption and health outcomes, such as breastfeeding. This talk introduces an emerging research field focusing on the low-income women, infants, and children’s health in the U.S.
Qi (Harry) Zhang, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the School of Community and Environmental Health at Old Dominion University, Virginia, USA. His research focuses on health disparities in low-income and other vulnerable populations in the U.S. and China. He has developed the expertise of multidisciplinary research methods, including behavioral economics, health economics, qualitative studies, and systems models. He has been the PI on numerous projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the US Department of Agriculture and Duke-UNC-USDA Center for Behavioral Economics and Healthy Food Choice Research (BECR Center). His research has been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Health Services Research, and Annals of Internal Medicine. He served as the President of China Health Policy and Management Society (CHPAMS) 2014-2016 and the Director of the Board of Chinese Economists Society (2014-2015). He is currently on the editorial board of six international journals and on the scientific committee of International Health Economics Association (iHEA).