Joanne is the director of the University of New Hampshire's (UNH) graduate level Dietetic Internship. As a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal and Nutritional Sciences, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses and coordinates field placement opportunities with leading nutrition and healthcare organizations statewide. She is a faculty member the newly established UNH Eco-Gastronomy dual major. Dr. Burke is a founding member of the UNH New Hampshire Center for a Food Secure Future (NHCFSF) of the Office of Sustainability. The NHCFSF is at the forefront of the movement to address community and regional food security "from farm to fork to health and nutrition outcomes." Using a systems approach, NHCFSF is committed to measuring and improving community and regional food security, accessibility and sustainability.
Research endeavors with the NHCFSF are focused on the development of a food security indicator tool. With nutrition faculty colleagues, Dr. Burke's is also investigating college students' eating practices coupled with their anthropometric, clinical, lifestyle and biochemical markers. The Young Adult Health Screening Initiative (YAHRSI) study is a collaborative endeavor that represents one of the most comprehensive efforts to-date to understand nutrition habits among this demographic. Additional community research initiatives with stakeholders such as Cooperative Extension, the NH Food Bank, and the Woman, Infants and Children program are designed to investigate food security as well as the impact of food assistance and nutrition education and intervention.
Dr. Burke was a member of the delegation representing UNH at the international Slow Food conference in Torino, Italy in 2006. With expertise in issues of food sustainability, hunger and nutrition education, she has been featured on public radio and television. In additional to her fulltime position at UNH, she has been an adjunct faculty member of the James A Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College for more than 25 years.
University Dialogue contribution: Poverty and Plenty: The Divided American Plate