Katie Martin's research focuses on access to healthy food, and the link between food insecurity and obesity among disadvantaged communities. She received a four-year Career Development award (K award) from the CT Institute for Clinical and Translational Science. For this award, Dr. Martin is currently working with three community agencies (Chrysalis Center, Foodshare and Junior League of Hartford) to help develop and evaluate an innovative new food pantry called Freshplace. Results will help determine if case management within food pantries significantly improves food security compared to traditional food pantries. Recently she has partnered with the CT WIC Program and Head Start Programs to develop and evaluate a formal collaboration between both programs. Dr. Martin also conducted a multi-year research project to evaluate the food environment in Hartford, particularly in corner stores. Dr. Martin teaches a graduate course in the MPH program at UConn titled Food, Health & Politics. She is happily married with two sons.