Ruth Morgan provides technical program evaluation and research support for a number of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service studies, including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Vendor Risk Reduction Study; the 2015 National WIC Vendor Management Study and Electronic Benefit Transfer Option Study; the WIC Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices Study; the WIC Nutrition Services Administration Cost Study; the WIC Nutrition Education Evaluation; and the Models of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Education and Evaluation, Waves I and II. Her work also focuses on evaluating SNAP nutrition education programs and social marketing campaigns for their effectiveness in reaching their target audience and improving diet-related behaviors.
In her 6 years at Altarum Institute, Ms. Morgan has provided research support to the early childhood initiatives of Altarum Institute’s Childhood Obesity Prevention Mission Project, including coordinating data collection for a four-state evaluation of the impact of the new WIC food package on small stores, conducting a provider needs assessment around the improved Child and Adult Care Food Program and licensing nutrition standards in Delaware, and contributing to an environmental scan of the supports and barriers for improving physical activity in child care facilities in the District of Columbia. She has extensive expertise in qualitative research methods, including instrument development, in-depth interviewing, focus group moderation, and qualitative data analysis using QSR NVivo software.
Ms. Morgan holds a master’s in public health from Drexel University School of Public Health and a bachelor’s in biology and society from Cornell University.