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Dr. Daphne Hernandez's Research on Food Insecurity in College Students Widely Featured in News Media

HHP faculty Dr. Daphne Hernandez's research to alleviate food insecurity among college students has been widely featured in the news media. It is estimated that more than half of community college students don't have access to healthy food, along with experts from Temple University, Dr. Hernandez's team is working on a local intervention where the Houston Community College's Food Scholarship Program will provide 1000 low income students direct access to food from the Houston Food Bank. The intervention aims to boost academic performance and persistence in college among students facing food insecurity.

Her research has been featured on SiriusXM radio and the Texas Tribune among others. 

Daphne Hernandez
Dr. Daphne Hernandez

Knowledge@Wharton on SiriusXM

Dr. Hernandez was interviewed on April 9th 2018 for a segment on the Knowledge@Wharton show on SiriusXM Business Radio. Below is a clip of the relevant segment from the show, it originally aired on Sirius XM Channel 111, Business Radio Powered by The Wharton School. The feature starts at about 2 minutes 45 seconds into the clip.

Audio originally aired on Sirius XM Channel 111, Business Radio Powered by The Wharton School

The Texas Tribune

The Texas Tribune featured a story on Dr. Hernandez's research on April 10th 2018 titled, "As college costs rise, some Texas students go hungry. Will food scholarships help?". Below is an excerpt from the article.

“People think students are just sitting around and going to frat parties, and [they're] not,” said University of Houston health and human performance professor Daphne Hernandez. Many students are “actually working two jobs and trying to make ends meet, and it's still not physically possible.”

Hernandez is one of several researchers studying the issue of campus food insecurity — a term students “don’t go around using,” she said, but that means “the lack of access to food because of resources.”

Read the entire article on the Texas Tribune website