Karen Deehy contributes to multiple studies for Altarum Institute’s Center for Food Assistance and Nutrition (CFAN), focusing on food assistance, nutrition education, obesity prevention, and other health-related issues. She conducts program evaluation and provides technical assistance, strategic planning, and training to state- and local-level food assistance programs to improve program management and outcomes. She plans and implements interactive training and translates study and evaluation findings into practical applications for client use.
Since joining CFAN in 2009, Ms. Deehy has focused primarily on the Participant-Centered Services initiative, which takes a systems approach to improving all aspects of service delivery in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). She uses her strong background in motivational counseling and training to help WIC programs improve the effectiveness of their nutrition education in influencing participants’ health-related behaviors to affect long-term health issues, such as obesity and other chronic diseases.
Before joining CFAN, Ms. Deehy worked for Occupational Medical Consulting as the Wellness Works Manager, for the state of Massachusetts as a WIC Nutrition Education Coordinator, and for the Upham’s Corner Health Center’s WIC program in Massachusetts as a Senior Nutritionist. She worked to transform nutrition education in the Massachusetts WIC Program by training staff to use emotion-based counseling techniques to maximize behavior change and improve outcomes for WIC families.
Ms. Deehy holds a master’s in clinical nutrition from New York University and a bachelor’s of arts in economics from Bates College.