FCS Careers: Family and Consumer Sciences Education-Federal Government

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FCS Careers: Family and Consumer Sciences Education-Federal Government


Dinkins, Julia M., Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences


As the program administration specialist, Julia supports and enhances day-to-day operations by coordinating strategic plans and reports, personnel actions, and budgeting and contracting to provide guidance to the deputy director and executive director of the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA. As acting director to the staff of Nutrition Policy and Analysis, she provides leadership that ensures several well-recognized projects are planned and implemented successfully: the USDA Food Plans, US Food Supply Series, Healthy Eating Index, and Expenditures on Children by Families. Other projects she supports are the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the educational arm of the Guidelines, the MyPyramid food guidance system. With the increased use of information technology, all Center products are available to the public at www.cnpp.usda.gov or www.MyPyramid.gov. MyPyramid.gov has significantly increased the number of people reached with nutrition and consumer economic messages. Thus, her work is to enhance the Center's mission of improving the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers.

Julia joined the USDA as a consumer economist in the Family Economics Research Group of the Agricultural Research Service. This opportunity arose after she had served as one of 10 principal investigators on a regional research project, supported by USDA, which focused on the wellbeing of the elderly. As a consumer economist, she was responsible for conducting research related to consumer expenditures and reporting that work in the Family Economics Review.

When the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion was formed in 1995, she continued conducting research but focused on its relationship to policy development. When the editor of the Family Economics and Nutrition Review resigned, Julia volunteered to serve as editor, as well as continuing to conduct research. …

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