Nutrition Team

The MSU-Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative's Nutrition team works with many partners to advocate for, implement, and assess pediatric nutrition interventions to improve nutrition access, education, and consumption. 


AmyAmy Saxe-Custack, Ph.D., MPH, RDN, Assistant Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition at MSU, currently serves as the Nutrition Director for the Pediatric Public Health Initiative. A long-time resident of Genesee County, Dr. Saxe-Custack is dedicated to the evaluation and expansion of nutrition programs that target children and families living in Flint, with a particular focus on improving access to fresh foods. Much of this work has been initiated in partnership with the Flint Farmers’ Market (FFM) and Hurley Children’s Center (HCC) to examine the impact of an innovative fruit and vegetable prescription program for pediatric patients. Through a recent grant award, Dr. Saxe-Custack will work with partners to expand both the fruit and vegetable prescription program and Flint Kids Cook.


 

MalloryMallory Miller Goldsworthy, MPH, currently serves as the Nutrition Program Coordinator for the Pediatric Public Health Initiative. Ms. Goldsworthy is a dedicated public health professional with nearly 10 years’ experience managing and facilitating nutrition programs throughout Flint. Ms. Goldsworthy believes in the importance of high-quality evaluation to inform public health programs and address food insecurity. Her work specifically focuses on the management and expansion of Flint Kids Cook.


 

Chantel DawsonChantel Dawson, MHS, currently serves as the Research Assistant for the Pediatric Public Health Initiative. Ms. Dawson is passionate about enhancing the quality of life and promoting a healthy lifestyle amongst the Flint community. Ms. Dawson has worked in various settings as a health educator throughout the country and internationally. Her focus is on health promotion and educating communities in the skills needed to maintain personal health and increase health awareness. Ms. Dawson currently works on the dietary data collection of the fruit and vegetable prescription program to help improve access to and affordability of fresh foods.


Sarah EganSarah Egan, MPH, RD, currently serves as the Nutrition Instructor for the Pediatric Public Health Initiative program Flint Kids Cook. Ms. Egan has experience teaching community nutrition education and cooking skills to individuals of all ages in various settings including schools, community centers and clinics, and food pantries. She is passionate about increasing health outcomes through nutrition education, community engagement, and food system modifications that support healthy eating. She recently completed her master’s degree in public health nutrition at the University of Michigan.

 


 

The PPHI Nutrition team's projects include:

  • Increasing community-wide breastfeeding initiatives
  • Flint Kids Cook
  • WIC co-location with Hurley Children's Center
  • Nutrition education (classes/RD)
  • Fruit and vegetable prescription program  
  • Double Up Food Bucks expansion
  • Mobile food access
  • Healthy Food for Healthy Families voucher program

Flint Kids Cook

Resources

News

Nutrition director of PPHI receives $500,000 grant from Michigan Health Endowment Fund to encourage children in Flint to eat healthier

Flint inspires national nutrition prescription program in US Farm Bill