Human Ecology Forum

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 1, Winter

Community Food Security - Ensuring Food Access Locally
Six upstate New York counties set out to improve their local food systems. Through an organized process, community residents talked together and developed plans for action. The result - a stronger sense of community, better access to food, and increased...
First Recipients of Family Development Credential to Help Families Achieve Self-Sufficiency
The payoff has begun: In February some of the first recipients of the Family Development Credential (FDC), developed at Cornell University and based on research at Cornell over the past 20 years, were recognized in a ceremony in Albany. The FDC...
From Boot Camp to Monastery
A new intervention program for incarcerated youth incorporates meditation, spirituality, respect, and emotional training. The goal is rehabilitation. Well before the sun rises, when the rest of the world is still sleeping, the yawning practitioners...
Hunger in New York State
Many New York State households don't have enough food. The cause is not always poverty. High expenses, illness, disability, or unemployment can diminish a family's food supply as well. Professor Christine Olson believes the solution is a combination...
Let's Talk about Health
When New Yorkers who live in rural areas are disappointed with the ability of their fire and ambulance services to respond to emergencies, when they feel dependent on health care facilities hours away, Donald Tobias understands. When they struggle...
Mandated Managed Care for Medicaid
How are Medicaid beneficiaries and the hospitals who serve them faring now that many states have established mandated managed care? What is the impact of mandated managed care on Medicaid beneficiaries with chronic illnesses? Will Medicaid recipients...
Partnerships for Public Health
When he talks about community partnerships for health care, Charles McClintock pictures social territory that lies where state agencies' missions and the public's needs intersect. He sees a need to look broadly at all the factors that make for good...
Prime-Time TV's Favorite Beverage - Alcohol
Alcohol is shown on prime-time TV programs far more than any other drink or food, and actors, including those portraying adolescents, are shown consuming alcohol on more than 40 percent of network shows, according to a new Cornell University study....
Promising Practices for Adopting Universal Pre-K
New York State hopes to improve early childhood care and education through its Universal Prekindergarten program. Cornell childhood development experts are helping school districts implement the program and learn from the experiences of others. ...
Spreading the Word about Breast Cancer
Through the Internet's reach, Carol M. Devine is finding a wider and wider audience for her work on the connections between breast cancer, what women eat, and their overall lifestyles throughout the life cycle. As an assistant professor of nutritional...
Staring, Squirming Is Adaptive Behavior for Infants
Staring and squirming by infants might not be as random or meaningless as they seem, says a Cornell developmental psychologist. Rather, the link between the two could prevent infants from getting visually stuck and allow them to "visually forage" the...
The Competitive Advantage for Apparel Manufacturing in New York
Employment in New York State's apparel manufacturing industry is declining. Professor Suzanne Loker is working to reposition apparel firms to enhance both the state's the industry's competitive strengths in the global marketplace. When Suzanne Loker...
The Undergraduate Experience
Seventy-two percent of the undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Human Ecology are New York State residents. Although just a few of those students are highlighted on these pages, their involvement in both campus activities and real-world...
Workplaces Should Be Approved to Employ Teens
A Cornell University youth and work expert is calling for employers of teenagers to obtain "seals of approval" before adolescents can work for them. Parents should be as concerned about where their teenagers work as they are about their schools,...