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Sara A Quandt , PhD

Quandt, Sara A

Division of Public Health Sciences
Wake Forest University Health Sciences

Administrative Contact: Claudine Curran

Room Number: VINE, 5116
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157-1063

Telephone: 336-716-6015
Email: squandt@wakehealth.edu

B.A., Lawrence University, Appleton WI, 1973, Anthropology
M.A., Michigan State University, East Lansing MI, 1980, Anthropology
Ph.D., Michigan State University, East Lansing MI, 1981, Anthropology 

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Dr. Quandt's research focuses on sociocultural and behavioral determinants of health disparities in rural communities, with an emphasis on minority populations. Her research combines qualitative and quantitative approaches, and emphasizes community participation in research.

Aging: Dr. Quandt has conducted NIH-funded research on rural aging and nutrition since 1989. This included ethnographic work on the nutritional self-management strategies of older rural adults, a study to develop and validate dietary data collection instruments for low SES rural populations, and a study of the diabetes self-management strategies of African American, Native American and white older adults. The diabetes study was refunded to develop an instrument to measure common sense models of diabetes among older adults in multiple ethnic groups. She also conducted a study of oral health and its impact on nutritional status and social interaction in the same rural, multi-ethnic population. The results from this study helped to focus a pilot intervention that is currently being tested to improve the nutritional status of older adults with oral health deficits.

Occupational and environmental health: Dr. Quandt has collaborated since 1996 on studies designed to improve environmental and occupational health of Latino farmworkers and other immigrant workers. This has included occupational and residential pesticide exposure and green tobacco sickness. She has directed three CDC-funded studies addressing occupational health. JUSTA, a four year project sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, was designed to assist Latino poultry workers in identifying health and safety concerns and developing strategies to promote better occupational health. The Latino Occupational Safety Study is a four-year study to compare the prevalence of musculoskeletal, skin, and respiratory disorders in Latino poultry processing workers and with prevalence in controls. The Promotora Projecta: La Familia Sana was a three year demonstration project to implement a lay health advisor intervention to reduce pesticide exposure among farmworker families. Quandt currently directs an NICHD-funded study to examine the production of overweight and obesity in children of migrant and seasonal farmworkers, focused on dietary intake and physical activity.


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