Area(s) of Expertise
- Youth and family nutrition education and food preparation
- Child and family health
- Community outreach
Zandra Alford, MPH, is the Foods and Nutrition Extension Associate at the Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences at North Carolina State University. In this role, she provides programmatic expertise for the intersection of food, nutrition, and health, with an emphasis on consumer food preparation. Her work involves providing program support and relevant training for extension staff and partners. In addition, Zandra serves as the Harnett and Lee Outreach Coordinator for Voices into Action: The Families, Food, and Health Project. Through her work with Voices into Action, Zandra collaborates with community partners including cooperative extension, local health departments, schools, and food pantries on projects focused on increasing access to healthy and affordable foods and physical activity in Harnett and Lee counties.
Zandra received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Women’s Studies and French, and a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Zandra has worked in public health programming, research implementation, community outreach, and education. Her experiences include co-creating and facilitating a service-learning course examining the impact of migration on the health of migrants and communities in Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States; working at a women’s behavioral health center as a Community Health Outreach Worker and Educator for an HIV prevention program; serving as a Health and Human Services Legislative Intern for the Arizona State House of Representatives; and teaching English for primary and secondary students in France.
Programs and Initiatives
- Foods and nutrition programmatic support and curriculum development
- Voices Into Action: The Families, Food, and Health Project – Community Outreach, Mini-Grant Support and Project Management
- Youth Nutrition Education Programming
- Connecting Food Pantries with local food sources