The UNCG Anthropology Department has created Recipe for Success to meet the nutritional needs of low-income families. Recipe for Success receives grant funding from the USDA to implement SNAP-Ed to eligible families in Guilford County. We teach both a children’s curriculum and an adult curriculum that focus on family health and well-being. Our Nutrition Educators travel to instruct nutrition and health classes in Title 1 Public Schools and at Youth Education Centers across the county, as well as Community Centers and various other facilities which serve adult populations. We also offer nutrition education through monthly mailings, which include lessons on healthy food choices, grocery shopping tips, and food safety.
Art Murphy, Project Director & Principal Investigator
Arthur D. Murphy is of Anthropology at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His previous positions include, Associate Vice President for Research at Georgia State University, Chair of Anthropology at Georgia State University as well as faculty appointments at the University of Georgia, Baylor University, the University of Guadalajara, the National University of Mexico and the Technological University of Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico. Dr. Murphy has carried out research in Mexico, Bolivia and the United States. For the past 20 years he has carried out research on adaptation of immigrant communities to the SE. He has directed SNAP-Ed programs in Georgia as well as North Carolina.
In 1996 he began research on the cultural aspects affecting PTSD, long term grief and recovery from disasters in the Mexican (Latino) community. He is currently involved in research on how culture and networks impact the accessing of social services after a disaster in Mexico, Ecuador and the United States. He is also undertaking research on the question of why some societies do a better job of handling the human aspects of natural disasters than do others. Dr. Murphy is the co-author of Social Inequality in Oaxaca, The Mexican Urban Household, Estudio Primario de la Cuenca Hidrografica del Rio de los Perros, and editor of Latino Workers in the Contemporary South. He is author or co-author of numerous articles dealing with Mexican Households, Migration and the impact of disasters on individuals and households in Mexico.
Jennifer Hill, Co-Principal Investigator & Research Scientist
Jennifer Hill initiated the USDA’s SNAP –Ed program in the Triad, NC area in 2005, along with former members of a similar program in Georgia. Ms. Hill is the Program Manager for Recipe for Success and leads the adult education services. She focuses on eating for your best health while on a tight budget, and accommodating different cultural and dietary needs.
Ms. Hill’s background includes working in healthcare, business, and marketing since 1980, primarily in Atlanta and New Orleans. Her past positions include National PPO Director for a national Intracorp/Cigna network, physician consultant with a prominent consulting company, and a research associate on federal grant in Mexico. At each juncture, Ms. Hill was increasingly aware of the impact of poor nutrition, low wages, and lack of affordable/accessible nutritious foods upon peoples’ ability to heal and stay well. This awareness led to her initiation of a USDA’s SNAP –Ed and State of NC contract, through UNC-G, to serve residents of the Triad area.
Ms Hill holds a BA in English history, a MBA in marketing and international business, and a MA in cultural anthropology.
Kimberly Titlebaum, Nutrition Educator and Research Scientist
Kimberly Titlebaum has a BA in English from MTSU, and a MS in Educational Psychology from Kansas State Univ. She has travelled extensively and worked all over the US and the Far East. She has worked with low income and at-risk youth and adults in Kansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee. She also has experience assisting veterans and others with aspects of major life upheavals such as career changes, bereavement, and life altering health issues. She has had an interest in nutritional aspects of food as well as the cultural. She has made a study of cuisine and food preparation from many different parts of the world and enjoys preparing new food experiences for small groups and large.
Amelia Mattocks, Nutrition Educator and Research Scientist
Amelia Mattocks has a MPH degree from UNCG, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. She has worked in various health education settings, including worksite wellness, maternal and child health, and international health. In 2009 Ms. Mattocks traveled to Zambia with a service learning class, and conducted research in community clinics, which resulted in a published paper about the resourcefulness of the clinics. Since 2012 she has been an Instructor in the UNCG Department of Public Health Education, and has taught courses such as Personal Health, Community Observation and Assessment, Community Interventions, and Health Policy. As a health educator Ms. Mattocks focuses on program planning, health promotion, and social marketing. She enjoys teaching about health and nutrition, and helping people achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Elizabeth Launt, Nutrition Educator and Research Scientist
Elizabeth graduated from UNCG in 2014 with a BA in Anthropology and Spanish. Elizabeth’s fascination with cultures and languages grew as an undergraduate, and allowed her to examine the impacts of these socio-cultural variables in several Spanish-speaking communities. Since joining the Recipe for Success (RFS) team, Elizabeth has enjoyed working with diverse populations in the triad area. Her areas of interest with RFS include curriculum development, teaching, and program expansion and outreach. As a nutrition educator, Elizabeth strives to foster healthy habits in both adults and children in her community.