Betty Izumi, PhD, MPH, RD

Betty Izumi

Betty Izumi, PhD, MPH, RD is Assistant Professor in the School of Community Health at Portland State University where her research and teaching focus on issues of sustainability, health, and equity. Before joining the Portland State University faculty in 2010, Dr. Izumi was a postdoctoral research fellow with the W.K. Kellogg Health Scholars Program at the University of Michigan School of Public Health where she worked with the Healthy Environments Partnership on multi-level interventions to reduce health disparities among Detroit residents. As a registered dietitian, the overarching goal of her research is to develop and evaluate community-based nutrition interventions that address diet-related chronic diseases and obesity. Dr. Izumi is currently the principal investigator of Harvest for Healthy Kids, a multi-level nutrition intervention designed to promote fruit and vegetable intake among low-income and ethnically or racially diverse children enrolled in a Head Start Program through foodservice modifications, classroom education, and family engagement. She also works with the Center for Alaska Native Health Research and the Yup'pik community along the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to connect schools with Native-owned and operated fish businesses to improve dietary quality among Alaska Native youth and to strengthen regional markets for sustainably harvested fish. At Portland State University, Dr. Izumi teaches courses in public health nutrition and food systems sustainability. (Portland, OR)