Children’s Issues

Key Researcher

picture of MMRF.researcher Dr. Diana CuttsDiana Cutts, MD, received her Medical Degree at the University of Illinois. She is the Assistant Chief of Pediatrics at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She also directs the Children’s Growth and Nutrition Program. Her work on childhood hunger and relate adverse outcomes has been published and provided testimony at state and national congressional hearings.


Approximately 40% of children under the age of five seen at HCMC are hungry or at risk for hunger. HHRI researchers study issues affecting the well-being of the youngest members of society in an effort to ensure their right to grow up healthy and strong.

HHRI’s Children’s Hunger and Growth Research Program conducts research and education in the areas of early childhood malnutrition, impaired growth, food insufficiency and obesity. They are currently involved in a number of studies including a multi-site study designed to measure the impact of welfare reform on hunger, growth, and general well-being of children under three years of age. In addition to collecting information for the study, research assistants for the Children’s Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program (C-SNAP) also provide information on intervention services for families identified as experiencing food insufficiency or whose children are malnourished. These families are being offered information on community resources and programs working to alleviate hunger.

Current Research

Pediatric Research, Education, and Advocacy

HCMC is committed to healthy and happy children.

RESEARCH
Research ensures a healthier tomorrow for children in the community. The pediatric research program studies issues from conception to early adulthood, with special concentration on studies important to a diverse, urban population.

EDUCATION
As the first teaching hospital associated with the University of Minnesota Medical School, HCMC has a history of preparing physicians to serve patients in clinics and hospitals across Minnesota and the nation.

ADVOCACY
The staff of HCMC works as a team to improve children’s lives through advocacy. They are committed to protecting the most vulnerable citizens through advocacy efforts such as helping families find support services, improving literacy and evaluating public policy impact on child health.

Generations of patients have received medical care at HCMC. Our staff has cared for children through typhoid and polio epidemics to present day illnesses and injuries. Preventive care now forms the cornerstone of our approach. The Pediatrics Department will continue to work to improve the lives of the children in the heart of the city.

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Children’s Health Watch

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