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Donna B. Johnson

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Nutrition is a major determinant of health. In order to take advantage of the potential of nutrition to enhance quality of life and the health of the population we must continue to explore effective methods of nutrition promotion.

Professor Emeritus, Health Services


Education

PhD   University of Washington, 1995   (Nutritional Science)
MS   Syracuse University, 1979   (Nutrition)
BS   Iowa State University, 1973   (Nutrition)

Contact Info

email:   djohn@uw.edu

office:   305G, Raitt Hall

address:
Interdisciplinary Program in Nutritional Sciences
Seattle, WA 98195

campus box:   353410
voice:   206-685-1068
fax:   206-685-1696

About

Professor Johnson is also affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Program in Nutritional Sciences and is Associate Director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition. She has a focus on public health nutrition practice, and works closely with state and local health departments on planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health nutrition programs. Dr. Johnson is an investigator at the CDC funded Health Promotion Research Center.


Pediatric nutrition; efficacy of public health nutrition interventions; public health approaches to obesity


Walkinshaw LP, Quinn EL, Rocha A, Johnson DB. An Evaluation of Washington State SNAP-Ed Farmers' Market Initiatives and SNAP Participant Behaviors. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2018 Feb 23. pii: S1499-4046(18)30005-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2018.01.003. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 29478951
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DeMarchis A, Ritter G, Otten J, Johnson D. Analysis of Media Coverage on Breastfeeding Policy in Washington State. J Hum Lact. 2018 Feb;34(1):156-163. doi: 10.1177/0890334417706906. Epub 2017 Jun 13.  PMID: 28609174
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Bradford VA, Walkinshaw LP, Steinman L, Otten JJ, Fisher K, Ellings A, O'Leary J, Johnson DB. Creating Environments to Support Breastfeeding: The Challenges and Facilitators of Policy Development in Hospitals, Clinics, Early Care and Education, and Worksites. Matern Child Health J. 2017 Dec;21(12):2188-2198. doi: 10.1007/s10995-017-2338-4.  PMID: 28707098
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Getts KM, Quinn EL, Johnson DB, Otten JJ. Validity and Interrater Reliability of the Visual Quarter-Waste Method for Assessing Food Waste in Middle School and High School Cafeteria Settings. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2017 Nov;117(11):1816-1821. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2017.05.004. Epub 2017 Jul 6.  PMID: 28688883
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Steinman LE, Bradford V, Quinn E, Otten JJ, McNamara J, Fisher K, Johnson DB. Examining the Washington State Breastfeeding-Friendly Policy Development Process Using the Advocacy Coalition Framework. Matern Child Health J. 2017 Mar;21(3):659-669. doi: 10.1007/s10995-016-2154-2.  PMID: 27497602
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2015
Chair, thesis committee for Emily Freney
A description of the attitudes and perceptions of participants on the Evidence Based Hospital Breastfeeding Support (EBBS) Learning Collaborative

DOH Procurement Evaluation
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    9/30/2017 - 9/29/2018

DOH Obesity Prevention 2017
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    6/30/2017 - 6/29/2018

DOH FINI Evaluation
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    4/1/2017 - 3/31/2020

Evaluation of South King County Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Evaluation
Public Health - Seattle and King County
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    4/1/2017 - 9/29/2017

DOH FINI Evaluation
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    4/1/2017 - 3/31/2020

King County Sodium Reduction Partnership – Sodium Reduction in High Need School Districts and Emergency Food System
Public Health - Seattle and King County
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    9/30/2016 - 9/29/2017

Evaluation of South King County Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Evaluation
Public Health - Seattle and King County
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    9/30/2016 - 9/29/2017

DOH Obesity Prevention 2016
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    6/30/2016 - 9/30/2017

DOH Obesity Prevention
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    4/1/2016 - 3/31/2017

Evaluation of South King County Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Evaluation
Public Health - Seattle and King County
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    4/1/2016 - 9/29/2016

“Technical” Access vs. “Effective” Access to Water: A Photo-Evidence Technique to Assess Drinking Water Access in Schools
Regents of the University of California
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    2/1/2016 - 7/31/2017

Evaluation of South King County Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Evaluation
Public Health - Seattle and King County
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    9/30/2015 - 9/29/2016

DOH Obesity Prevention
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    9/30/2015 - 9/30/2016

Evaluation of South King County Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Evaluation
Public Health - Seattle and King County
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    3/1/2015 - 9/29/2015

DOH Obesity Prevention
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    1/1/2015 - 9/30/2016

Sugar Sweetened Beverages and Recurrent Severe Early Childhood Caries
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
PI:   Milgrom           Dates:    9/1/2014 - 8/31/2015

Washington State Obesity Prevention
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    6/1/2014 - 6/29/2015

Analysis of the policy process to improve comprehensive and coordinated systems for breastfeeding equity
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    4/1/2014 - 3/31/2016

Impact of Access to Free and Appealing Water in High Schools on Sugary Beverage Consumption
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
PI:   Johnson           Dates:    2/1/2014 - 7/31/2015

Policy Nutrition and Legislation: What works to improve student health? (PLAN)

A three year research grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study the impact of changes in school nutrition policies in Washington middle schools.


Washington Active Bodies Active Minds (WAABAM)

Development, dissemination and evaluation of resources to ensure that environments for children ages 2-5 encourage minimum screen time and maximum physical activity


Partnership with the Washington State Department of Health for Nutrition and Physical Activity in Prevention of Obesity

Implementation and evaluation of the Washington State Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan through ongoing efforts of multi-sectoral partners and targeted initiatives in five Healthy Communities.