Banna, Jinan PhD

Pilot Project PI
Assistant Professor
Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences
College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources
University of Hawai’i at Manoa

(808) 956-7857

Research Overview

2014-2015 RMATRIX Collaboration Pilot Projects Program Awards

Project Description

Title: Development of a Food Behavior Checklist for Limited-Resource Filipinos
Principal Investigator: Jinan Banna, PhD
RMATRIX HEALTH Initiative(s): Nutrition & Metabolic
RMATRIX Core Support: Community-Based Participatory Research, Regulatory Knowledge and Support


Filipino Americans are the most rapidly growing population of immigrants in the U.S. and suffer disproportionately from a number of chronic health conditions. Effectively addressing health issues among Asian American subgroups such as Filipinos will entail delivery of culturally tailored nutrition education, as well as use of evaluation tools appropriate for this audience. The objective of the proposed research is to adapt and assess the face validity of a food behavior checklist in Tagalog using a multi-step method. The project will be conducted in three stages: 1) Translation of text on the existing food behavior checklist from English to Tagalog. One translated version will be created and then reviewed by a panel of five Filipino Americans in a focus group in the community. Revisions will be made based on feedback. 2) Creation of color photographs to accompany text. A graphic design expert will create images of food items commonly consumed in the Filipino population. 3) Questionnaire item testing for face validity. Cognitive testing of text and images will be performed with 20 members of the Filipino community to yield a revised version reflecting the preferences of the target audience. Following this study, a follow-up proposal will be submitted to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to perform additional assessment of validity and reliability to yield a rigorously tested tool that may be used to evaluate the USDA’s nutrition education programs and culturally-tailored health interventions.

Selected Publications

  • Banna JC, Fialkowski MK, Townsend MS.
    Misreporting of dietary intake affects estimated nutrient intakes in low-income Spanish-speaking women.
    J Acad Nutr Diet 2015 [more...]

  • Reicks M, Banna J, Cluskey M, Gunther C, Hongu N, Richards R, Topham G, Wong SS.
    Influence of Parenting Practices on Eating Behaviors of Early Adolescents during Independent Eating Occasions: Implications for Obesity Prevention.
    Nutrients 2015 [more...]

  • Banna JC, Kaiser LL, Drake C, Townsend MS.
    Acculturation, physical activity and television viewing in Hispanic women: findings from the 2005 California Women's Health Survey.
    Public Health Nutr 2012 [more...]

  • Banna JC, Townsend MS.
    Assessing factorial and convergent validity and reliability of a food behaviour checklist for Spanish-speaking participants in US Department of Agriculture nutrition education programmes.
    Public Health Nutr 2011 [more...]

  • Banna JC, Vera Becerra LE, Kaiser LL, Townsend MS.
    Using qualitative methods to improve questionnaires for Spanish speakers: assessing face validity of a food behavior checklist.
    J Am Diet Assoc 2010 [more...]

02 February 2018:

The Mary Kay Foundation


Applications are accepted from
November 2, 2017 through February 2, 2018


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