Elizabeth Racine, DrPH, RD
Dr. Racine is interested in understanding the incentives and barriers to healthy eating and physical activity among different populations in the Charlotte region, the US, and in other countries. Her research is focused on the evaluation of nutrition and physical activity policies and programs.
Locally, she has evaluated a number of programs such as the Latino Food and Fun Program, Achieve 225–a purposeful play intervention in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Building Healthy Lifestyles in All Directions-a nutrition and physical activity intervention in Cabarrus County Childcare Centers.
Nationally, she has evaluated the impact of food assistance programs on diet quality and food security. She has evaluated elements of the WIC program, the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and SOS–a home delivered feeding program similar to Meals on Wheels.
Internationally, she partners with colleagues in India to study the impact of economic development on food security, infant feeding practices, and obesity. Dr Racine also works to understand the most impactful elements of food assistance policies in different countries.
BS in Economics at Boston University
MS in Nutrition at California State University at Los Angeles
MPH at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
DrPH at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Teaching Specialty: Global Health, Social Determinants of Health, Environmental Health, Public Health Nutrition, Study Abroad in India
Public Health Nutrition: food assistance, childhood obesity, food security, breastfeeding; Evaluation of nutrition and physical activity policies and programs
Racine EF, Jemison K, Huber LR, Arif AA. The well-being of children in food-insecure households: results from The Eastern Caribbean Child Vulnerability Study 2005. Public Health Nutr. 2009;12(9):1443-1450.
Racine EF, Frick K, Guthrie JF, Strobino D. Individual net-benefit maximization: a model for understanding breastfeeding cessation among low-income women. Matern Child Health J. 2009;13(2):241-249.
Frick KD, Racine EF. Economic review of breastfeeding promotion policies around the world. AgroFood Industry Hi-tech. 2009;20(4):18-21.
Racine EF, Frick KD, Strobino D, Carpenter LM, Milligan R, Pugh LC. How motivation influences breastfeeding duration among low-income women. J Hum Lact. 2009;25(2):173-181.
Racine EF, Vaughn AS, Laditka SB. Farmers’ Market use among African-American women participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2010;110(3):441-446.
Troyer JL, Racine EF, Ngugi GW, McAuley WJ. The effect of home-delivered Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (DASH) meals on the diets of older adults with cardiovascular disease. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010;91(5):1204-1212.
Racine EF, Troyer JL, Warren-Findlow J, McAuley WJ. The effect of medical nutrition therapy on changes in dietary knowledge and DASH diet adherence in older adults with cardiovascular disease. Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging. 2011;15(10):868-76.
Racine EF, Lyerly J, Troyer JL, Warren-Findlow J, McAuley WJ. The influence of home-delivered Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (DASH) meals on body mass index, caloric intake, and percent of energy needs consumed among older adults with hypertension and/or hyperlipidemia Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2012;112(11):1755-62.
Racine EF, Mumford EA, Laditka SB, Lowe AE. Understanding Characteristics of Families who buy Local Produce. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2013; 45(1):30-8.
Racine EF, Coffman MJ, Chrimes DA, Laditka SB. Evaluation of the Latino Food and Fun curriculum for low-income Latina mothers and their children: A pilot study. Hispanic Healthcare International. 2013; 11(1):31-7.
Racine EF, Wang Q, Laditka SB, Johnson CR*, Mignery A. The Characteristics and Concentration of SNAP Approved Stores and Community Health. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 2013; 8(3), 350-361.
Fink SK, Racine EF, Mueffelmann RE, Dean MN, Herman-Smith R. Family Meals and Diet Quality among Children and Adolescents in North Carolina. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2014; 46(5), 418-422.
Mueffelmann RE, Racine EF, Warren-Findlow J, Coffman MJ. Perceived Infant Feeding Preferences of Significant Family Members and Mother’s Intention to Exclusively Breastfeed. Journal of Human Lactation. 2015; 31(3), 479-489.
Nnebe-Agumadu UH*, Racine EF, Laditka SB, Coffman MJ. Associations between perceived value of exclusive breastfeeding among pregnant women in the United States and exclusive breastfeeding to three and six months postpartum: a prospective study. International Breastfeeding Journal. 2016; 11(8)
Racine EF, Batada A, Solomon CA*, Story M. Availability of Foods and Beverages in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Authorized Dollar Stores in a Region of North Carolina. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In Press