It is with deep sorrow that the Center announces the passing of Dr. Gail G. Harrison, a faculty associate and distinguished food security scholar and advocate on behalf of at-risk populations, especially low-income women and children. Gail, a professor emeritus in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s Department of Community Health Sciences, wrote numerous Center studies on the determinants, measurement, and functional consequences of nutrition, malnutrition, and food security.
She was recognized nationally for her work to improve the foods offered to families served by the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program as well as her efforts to improve nutritional standards and menu planning for the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. Beyond the United States, she consulted with the World Health Organization and UNICEF, and worked in Egypt, Sudan, Iran, Indonesia and Lesotho. In recent years, Gail helped to raise awareness about the effect of the Great Recession on family food security in a widely-read Center study.
“Gail believed that there was no good excuse for hunger and malnutrition, in this nation and throughout the world,” said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “She used her considerable expertise, as well as her compassion and warmth, to change lives for the better. She will be dearly missed.”
Read more tributes from California Food Policy Advocates, where Dr. Harrison served as a board member.