Posted: October 7, 2019
Camille Burnett, PhD, MPA, APHN-BC, RN, BScN, DSW, associate professor, received a $90,000 grant from the Federation of Virginia Food Banks entitled “Virginia Food Pantry Evaluation.”
As recently experienced on our own campus, food insecurity continues to be an alarming trend among many universities and communities. Dr. Burnett’s work will all focus on evaluating a novel “Healthy Food Pantry Pilot” implemented by the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, which has the goal of improving client health through provision of health food choices that encourage healthy eating from a variety of food groups.
Dr. Burnett also serves as a strategic advisor for Community Engagement and Academic Partnerships with the Office of the Provost and a researcher at the Center for Health Equity Transformation and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science.
Dr. Burnett received her PhD from the University of Western Ontario, her master’s at the University of Western Ontario, and her BScN from the University of Alberta. She has extensive professional experience in public health including teaching, board appointments, management, research and consulting. Her portfolio centers on community engagement within a population and public health framework aimed at mitigating health disparities and inequity to improve health outcomes of the most vulnerable populations. Using a population and public health perspective Dr. Burnett’s leadership and scholarship examines how structural influences shape policy, through intended and unintended consequences exposing hidden and often invisibly embedded bias, exclusion and marginalization.