First Advisor

Teresa Buckner

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Document Type


Date Created



Background: In the United States, major health disparities exist among low socioeconomic status (SES) and other marginalized communities. Many of these health disparities are nutrition-related and include diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. Many individuals in this population lack education regarding nutrition, increasing risk of disease and the detrimental impacts that these diseases can have.

Objective: The aim of this project was to identify barriers that members of low SES and marginalized communities face and adapt nutrition education materials to be culturally appropriate for the immigrant and refugee population in the Northern Colorado area.

Methods: I conducted a needs assessment with staff members at Lutheran Family Services in Greeley, Colorado to determine the population's needs and the barriers that this population faces. I then worked to develop core themes identified in the needs assessment to be the core of the nutrition education intervention. From these core themes, I created and adapted the materials so that it is accessible and appropriate for the immigrant population.

Significance: Immigrant and marginalized communities face nutrition-related health disparities, and nutrition education materials may not effectively communicate to these communities. Culturally appropriate nutrition education materials play an important role in reducing health disparities in immigrant and marginalized communities.

Abstract Format



Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition


45 pages

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