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Douglas Taren PhD

Douglas  Taren PhD

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor

Health Promotion Sciences Department

1295 N. Martin Avenue
Campus PO Box: 245163
Drachman Hall A317H
Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 626-8375
taren@email.arizona.edu

Biography

Douglas Taren, PhD, MS, focuses primarily on maternal and child nutrition with a special emphasis on decreasing health disparities within low income populations and countries. His studies and teaching experiences in maternal and child health have been conducted in several Latin American, Asian and African countries with funding from numerous organizations including USAID, FAO, NIH, CDC, and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.  These projects have focused on food security programs with organizations such as Save the Children, Counterparts International, TANGO International and the World Food Program.  He has worked on improving programs that prevent and treat vitamin A deficiency in Nepali pregnant women and young children, and effectiveness studies on decreasing mother-to-child HIV transmission in Kenya. He also worked on improving dietary assessment methods and community-based programs to decrease childhood obesity.   He has served as a resource person to the World Health Organization Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group Monitoring and Evaluation Subgroup on Guidelines for the Assessment of Vitamin A, and Iron Status in Populations.  He is currently the director of the Western Region Public Health Training Center (WRPHTC) for HRSA Region 9 (Arizona, Nevada, California, Hawaii and the US Affiliated Pacific Islands including Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau.  The WRPHTC works to strengthen the public health workforce based on Council on Linkages Core Public Health Competencies and also focuses on training the public health workforce on issues related to nutrition, physical activity and obesity.

Educational Background:

University of Arizona, BS, 12/1976, Microbiology

University of Arizona, MS, 6/1980, Nutritional Sciences

Cornell University, PhD, 6/1986, International Nutrition

Selected Publications:

Taren, D. and Alaofe, H. (2013). Feed the Future Learning Agenda Literature Review: Improved Nutrition and Diet Quality. USAID. Washington DC.  http://agrilinks.org/sites/default/files/resource/files/Feed%20the%20Fut...

Sabo S, De Zapien J, Teufel-Shone N, Rosales C, Bergsma L, Taren D. Service Learning: A Vehicle for Building Health Equity and Eliminating Health Disparities. American Journal of Public Health March 2015, Vol. 105, No. S1, pp. S38-S43.

Kligler B, Brooks,AJ, Maizes V, Goldblatt E, Klatt M, Koithan MS, Kreitzer MJ, Lee JK, Lopez AM, McClafferty H, Rhode R, Sandvold I, Saper R, Taren D, Wells E, Lebensohn P.  Interprofessional competencies in integrative primary health care. Global Advances in Health and Medicine 4(5):33-39, 2015.

Bauman A, Ernst K, Taren D. Assessing community health: innovative tool for measuring height and length.  Annals of Global Health 81(1):187-188, 2015.

Alaofè H., Burney J. Naylor R, Taren D. Solar-powered drip irrigation impacts on household food production, dietary diversity and women’s empowerment in Northern Benin. Food and Nutrition Bulletin 2016:1-12; DOI: 10.1177/0379572116639710.

Floden L, Taren DL, Muramoto ML, Leischow S.  BMI changes in adolescents treated with Bupropion SR for smoking cessation. Obesity 24(1):26-29, 2016.

Alaofè H., Burney J., Naylor R., Taren D.  Prevalence of anaemia, deficiencies of iron and vitamin A and their determinants in rural women and young children: a cross-sectional study in Kalalé district of northern Benin. Public Health Nutrition. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980016003608,  Published online: 25 January 2017

Taren D, de Pee S.  The Spectrum of Malnutrition. In: Nutrition and Health in a Developing World, 3rd Edition. Editors: De Pee, Taren and Bloem. Humana Press, 2017.

Taren D, Lutter C. The Role of Breastfeeding Protection, Promotion and Support in a Developing World. In Nutrition and Health in a Developing World, 3rd Edition. Editors: De Pee, Taren and Bloem. Humana Press, 2017.

Research Synopsis

Focuses primarily on maternal and child nutrition with a special emphasis on decreasing health disparities within low income populations and countries. He is currently working on projects related to food security the impact of solar-powered drip irrigation systems (solar market gardens) on the nutritional status of women and children in Benin. Additionally, he works on food security issues in Southern Arizona in conjunction with the Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  He continues to work on evaluating academic programs.

Curriculum Vitae: 

The University of Arizona