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Schafer interviewed for Idaho Capital Sun article

School of Public and Population Health Associate Professor Ellen Schafer was recently quoted in an Idaho Capital Sun article about her study of enrollment in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program. 

In the article, Schafer suggests this research could help Central District Health identify how the health district can serve more people through WIC.

The article explains that WIC enrollment is low in Idaho, where only 41% of eligible enrollees participate in the program. Schafer and her research team look to better understand what makes WIC eligible Idahoans hesitant to enroll. The research team includes four School of Public and Population Health students: Delmy Flores, Macy Jordan, Ellie Christian and Rachel Kessinger (now graduated).

“Understanding some of these differentiating characteristics will hopefully help with communication around referrals, recruitment and retention — and ultimately increase enrollment and retention,” Schafer said in the article.

Read more about WIC enrollment and the research team in the full article and learn about Schafer’s research work on the School of Public and Population Health website.