Dr. Priscilla Barnes, a faculty member at the Indiana University School of Public Health on the flagship Bloomington campus, has been presented with the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) Community Health Partnership’s Trailblazer Award a project she has led in partnership with Lawrence Community Gardens, titled “Digging in to Volunteer Engagement: A Community Garden’s Approach to Reducing Food Insecurity.”
Her work is helping the 7.6 acre garden in Lawrence, Indiana, grow produce that will be donated back to the community through local food pantries in an effort to reduce food insecurity in the area. According to statistics from Gleaners Food Bank, 1 in 8 people in Central and southeastern Indiana struggles with hunger and food insecurity.
Dr. Barnes academic career has been dedicated to working with organizations in developing and evaluating public health initiatives as well as advocating for programs and policies that improve quality of life for individuals and families.
According to Sarah Wiehe, MD, MPH, Director, Indiana CTSI Clinical Health Partnerships, “We believe that the work done through community-engaged research will lead to meaningful impact and improved partnerships in Indiana.”