Betsy Anderson Steeves

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation has selected Betsy Anderson Steeves, PhD, RD, as its “Accelerating Food Security: Food Supply Chain Innovation” Fellow. In this role, Dr. Steeves will lead a new research project focused on evaluating innovative solutions that have increased the supply of nutritious food for food insecure individuals in rural, suburban, and urban communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of this work, Dr. Steeves will lead an advisory group of experts and work closely with the Foundation and the Academy’s Research, International and Scientific Affairs team to:

  • Conduct case study research on multiple food distribution sites that have utilized a variety of innovative distribution models to successfully provide nutritious foods to food insecure communities.
  • Communicate the results of the case studies through written and oral communications including submission to peer-reviewed publication(s).
  • Develop resources to inform food system stakeholders, health and wellness professionals, and community organizations about scalable strategies and interventions that address the nutritional needs of food insecure populations.

Dr. Steeves is currently an Assistant Professor in the Public Health Nutrition program and Director of the HEALTHE Research Lab at the University of Tennessee. She will maintain her faculty appointment during her fellowship. She is a registered dietitian and holds a doctoral degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her Master’s in Public Health Nutrition and Dietetic Internship at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests focus on the intersection of food access, food security, and health equity, with an emphasis on exploring strategies to increase healthy food acquisition through interventions and innovations in food retail settings, the charitable feeding system, and federal nutrition programs.

Upon accepting the fellowship, Dr. Steeves noted, “The COVID-19 pandemic both presented many challenges to, and revealed many inequities in, our food system. The Accelerating Food Security Fellowship provides an invaluable and time-sensitive opportunity to document and learn from these challenges to address the widespread food and nutrition insecurity across the country. I am excited to be awarded this Fellowship because it opens a door for finding ways to enhance food and nutrition services now and in the future.”

This Fellowship is funded by the National Dairy Council. Read more information on all current and past Foundation Fellows.