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Dr. Wang: Utilizing Big Data to Help Determine the Impact of Food Insecurity Among Immigrants.

Utilizing big data Dr. Wang from the School of Social Work at Texas State University examines the social and environmental determinants of food security, and the impact of food insecurity on biopsychosocial well-being for immigrants, ethnic minorities and/or living under poverty. Currently, using data from the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study to investigate the influence of acculturation on food security among Puerto Ricans in Boston, Dr. Wang found that biculturalism, indicated by psychological comfort and language proficiency with both one's heritage culture (Puerto Rican) and the culture of region in which one has settled (contiguous U.S.), is a risk factor of food insecurity among Puerto Ricans. Dr. Wang has also found that living more than half a mile from primary shopping location and low accessibility of nutritious food in their neighborhood were positively associated with food insecurity. In addition, Dr. Wang and his colleagues are planning to examine the impact of food insecurity on metabolic syndrome among participants.