Siddiqi's research focuses on food and environmental policy and nutrition and income support programs, particularly how these policies influence health and racial equity. A separate strand of his research focuses on policy coalitions and public engagement in research activities. Overarching themes in Dr. Siddiqi's work include the role of administrative barriers in public assistance programs and strategies to advance public health and environmental equity.
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Finds that national and state coalitions used research most frequently to design and conduct new studies, analyzing policy problems, and educating the public.
Discovers severely high food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic among a sample of Black Americans living in Pittsburgh, PA who were enrolled in SNAP. Shows families had very limited or uncertain access to sufficient amounts of nutritious food within the past month. Suggests households enrolled in SNAP needed more support and that many more food insecure households not enrolled in SNAP should have been enrolled.
Discovers that researchers engaged with coalitions to fulfill personal goals and beliefs, learn about policy issues and processes, and enhance the quality, political relevance, reach, and equity of their research.
Aims to calculate the nutritional value of food wasted at the retail and consumer levels in the US food supply, and contextualize the amount of nutrient loss in terms of gaps between current and recommended intakes and estimated food recovery potential.
Examines the impact of COVID-19 shutdowns on food insecurity among a predominantly African American cohort residing in low-income racially isolated neighborhoods. Highlights profound inequities that have been exacerbated by COVID-19, along with existing policies appearing inadequate to address the widening gap.
Shows that policies to benefit the public's health are never widely implemented.