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Joy Ngo

Joy Ngo 130x182I was born in the Philippine Islands, raised and educated in the United States, and have lived in Barcelona since 1993. This may explain in part my fascination with exploring different cultures, traditions and especially their music and cuisines.

Upon completing my Bachelors in Dietetics and Human Nutrition, I pursued further studies in public health, focussing on international nutrition. After more than a decade of working in public health nutrition with immigrants and culturally diverse underserved maternal-child populations in Boston, I made the transatlantic jump to teach community nutrition in the dietetics program and conduct research in Barcelona. Another decade of working with the Mediterranean Diet Foundation enriched my knowledge base and appreciation of traditional foodways and determinants of their change and promotion.

Upon completing my Bachelors in Dietetics and Human Nutrition, I pursued further studies in public health, focussing on international nutrition. After more than a decade of working in public health nutrition with immigrants and culturally diverse underserved maternal-child populations in Boston, I made the transatlantic jump to teach community nutrition in the dietetics program and conduct research in Barcelona. Another decade of working with the Mediterranean Diet Foundation enriched my knowledge base and appreciation of traditional foodways and determinants of their change and promotion.

With the relatively recent phenomenon of immigration to Spain, I find myself making the full circle and returning to work once again in the areas of nutrition and cultural diversity addressing newly arrived ethnic populations. Being an immigrant myself twice over has made me especially sensitive to the needs and challenges that these populations face. I am particularly committed to working with underserved at-risk groups, both locally and in loew-income countries.