Yeeli Mui, PhD '17, MPH, examines structural interventions to address food system issues and advance health equity through the lens of urban policy and planning.
food systems planning; social determinants of health; health disparities; local government; food policy; obesity prevention; community health
Experiences & Accomplishments
My scholarship is driven by a focus to advance health equity through the lens of planning for food systems and healthy communities. I use mixed-methods to examine the structural roots driving disparities in healthy food access and nutrition related problems. To inform more sustainable solutions and policy, I work in partnership with civil society actors and government agencies to build on community assets and strengths.
As part of a multi-country project in the Global South, I lead an interdisciplinary research team to mitigate food and health inequities of small-scale farmers experiencing urbanization and climate change pressures in Kerala, India. In the US context, I directed a study to strengthen linkages between neighborhood revitalization efforts and community health through more place- and health-conscious redevelopment strategies in Baltimore, MD.
Honors & Awards
2021 Faculty Innovation Fund Award
2019 Bloomberg Endowed Professorship of American Health in Obesity and the Food System
2012-2017 Brown Community Health Scholars Program
More recent publications:
Mui Y, Khojasteh M, Judelsohn A, Sirwatka A, Kelly S, Gooch P, Raja S. Planning for regional food equity. Journal of the American Planning Association (in press).
Mui Y, Hodgson K, Khojasteh M, Raja S. Rejoining the planning and public health fields: Leveraging comprehensive plans to strengthen food systems in an urban versus rural jurisdiction. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 2018; 8(B):73-93.