Journal Club 10: Breastfeeding is Natural but Not the Cultural Norm: A Mixed-Methods Study of First-Time Breastfeeding, African American Mothers Participating in WIC

April 18, 2018

(Recorded 4/18/18)

Speaker: Julia H. Kim, MPH, RD, CLC, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Breastfeeding disparities exist in the US, with African American, adolescent mothers having the lowest breastfeeding rates. This presentation describes the process of developing, implementing and evaluating a culturally-tailored breastfeeding program on African American, adolescent mothers in Champaign County, Illinois. A breastfeeding needs assessment, process evaluation and impact evaluation will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify a barrier to breastfeeding among African American, adolescent mothers that you did not previously know.
  2. Understand the reasoning for conducting a process evaluation.
  3. List one way to increase breastfeeding practices among African American, adolescent mothers

Julia H. Kim, MPH, RD, CLC, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Julia H. Kim is a fifth year PhD student at the University of Illinois in the Division of Nutritional Sciences. She is an Illinois Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Program scholar. She graduated from the University of California, Davis in Clinical Nutrition, completed her dietetic internship from Napa State Hospital, and has previously worked as a dietitian in an outpatient clinic. Her main research goals are to promote breastfeeding awareness through education and community-based research.


Journal Club 9: Advancing Cultural Diversity Education of Nutrition Educators

April 10, 2018

(recorded 4/9/2018)

Speaker: Kelebogile Setiloane, PhD, University of Delaware

This presentation describes how the cultural views of cultural diversity have influenced how nutrition educators have been trained in cultural competence and how this training needs to change because of the changing demographics of the US population. It explores how these views are changing in reaction to the changing demographics and health disparities seen in the US today and how the cultural training of nutrition educators has not kept up with these changing views. Suggestions for how this cultural education could be modified include placing a greater emphasis on both the cultural self-awareness of nutrition educators and the sociopolitical historical factors that influence the cultural orientation of nutrition educators and their clients.


SNEB Strategic Plan Orientation

April 10, 2018

Journal Club 8: Policy Considerations in the Future Expansion of the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children

April 4, 2018

(recorded 4/2/2018/)

Speakers: Carolyn Gunther, PhD, The Ohio State University and Laura C. Hopkins, PhD, MSPH, RDN, The Ohio State University

The Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (SEBTC) has been proposed as a solution to address the problem of child food security during the summer. Initial SEBTC findings from a demonstration project show promise and the federal government has approved substantial funding for its continuation. This presentation will review empirical assessments of SEBTC and Electronic Benefits Transfer research, and present policy considerations in the program’s future expansion.


Equipping Health Care Professionals with Nutrition Content

April 4, 2018

(recorded 4/4/2018)

Speakers: Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill & Thomas Gregory Sherman, PhD, Georgetown University Medical Center 

Healthcare professionals are the top trusted and most relied upon source for information on nutrition. Still, research shows that most healthcare professionals, including physicians, receive little to no nutrition training. Nutrition educators have the opportunity to harness the public’s trust and reliance on health professionals to increase the impact, and reach, of nutrition education programs. This webinar will highlight successful nutrition education programs for healthcare professionals, and equip participants with proven strategies to more effectively engage this group with nutrition content. 

The session will begin with an overview of recent consumer research that examines the public’s trust in healthcare professionals as a source of nutrition information. Dr. Kohlmeier and Dr. Sherman will discuss the current state of nutrition education in medical school and share best practices for educating healthcare professionals about nutrition topics. They will highlight various channels and ways to reach future doctors, and answer participants’ questions.


Journal Club 7: Overweight and Obesity, Weight Perception, and Weight Management Practices Among SNAP-Ed Participants in Georgia: A Needs Assessment

March 27, 2018

(Recorded 3/26/2018)

Speakers: Claudette Bailey, MS, RDN, LD, University of Georgia & Jung Sun Lee, PhD, RDN, University of Georgia

Overweight and obesity remain one of the nation's most serious health problems, putting more than two thirds of US adults at heightened risk for a range of chronic diseases. Although overweight/obesity affects people in the US of all socioeconomic statuses, genders, races, and ethnicities, low-income and minority groups are disproportionately affected. Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) was reestablished as the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Grant Program. For the first time in the program's history, weight management falls within its scope. To inform the development of new SNAP-Ed curricula to address obesity prevention, researchers at the University of Georgia conducted a needs assessment to examine the associations among self-reported weight status, weight perception, and weight management practices of SNAP-Ed participants in Georgia.


Journal Club 6: Cooking Matters for Adults Improves Food Resource Management & Self-Confidence Among Low-Income Participants

March 12, 2018

(Recorded 3/12/2018)

Speaker: Jennifer Pooler, MPP, IMPAQ International, LLC

Cooking Matters is a 6-week course that teaches low-income families to cook healthy meals on a budget and reaches more than 100,000 people per year. In 2014-2015, Share Our Strength commissioned the National Cooking Matters Impact Evaluation to assess longer-term outcomes associated with participation in the program. This webinar will describe the quasi-experimental study design, including its limitations and challenges, as well as 6-month post-course outcomes related to food resource management and healthy food preparation.


Extension Opportunities in Food Access & Equity, Part Two

March 9, 2018

(Recorded 3/7/18)

Speakers: Dan Remley, MSPH, PhD, The Ohio State University Extension; Amber Canto, MPH, RDN, University of Wisconsin-Extension & Alexandra Bush-Kaufman, MPH, RDN, CD, Washington State University-Extension

Food access and equity are increasingly relevant when nutrition professionals consider improving the quality of people’s diets. Many nutrition educators in Extension work within two of the USDA low-income nutrition education and obesity prevention programs, SNAP-Ed and EFNEP. The role of the built environment in the diets of Americans is more understood, and it is widely accepted that the places where people live, learn, work, play, and shop affect their food and physical activity behaviors. It is essential that participants of SNAP-Ed and EFNEP have access to nutritious foods so that direct education efforts by Extension educators are successful in improving health behaviors. The food pantry is a common setting for direct education interventions and is growing as a place for policy, systems, and environmental change. Environmental interventions within the food pantry setting improve healthy food access and equity to low-income clients that are served by SNAP-Ed and EFNEP through Extension programming. As such, the role of Extension educators has widened in the types of technical assistance and support Extension educators now provide to food pantry agencies and their clients.

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain knowledge and describe the differing roles Extension educators may play in partnerships with food pantries
  2. Compare the cost effectiveness of different food pantry based interventions related to educator time
  3. Describe typical needs within a food pantry agency and identify methods of successful communication for healthy food equity messages
  4. Compare Extension based food pantry, environmental interventions and their related evaluation models

Dan Remley, MSPH, PhD, The Ohio State University Extension
Dr. Remley holds a BA in Zoology from Miami University, Masters of Science in Public Health from UAB and PhD in Nutritional Sciences from University of Kentucky. Dr. Remley worked as a Nutrition Specialist for the University of Missouri Extension for 3 years and as a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator for Ohio State University Extension in Butler County for 10 years. Since 2012, Dr. Remley has served as an Assistant Professor and Field Specialist for The Ohio State University Extension and is headquartered at OSU South Centers in Piketon, Ohio.

Amber Canto, MPH, RDN, University of Wisconsin-Extension
Amber Canto, MPH, RDN received her dietetics degree from the University of WI-Madison, and completed her master's degree in public health nutrition with a global health emphasis with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. Amber has worked as a nutrition consultant with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in the Dominican Republic where she coordinated infant and young child feeding interventions on the Haitian-Dominican border. She previously held the position as Poverty and Food Security Specialist with University of Wisconsin-Extension where she addressed food systems and food security, poverty awareness and education, and nutrition education with low-income audiences. She currently serves as the State Coordinator of FoodWIse at the University of WI-Extension. 

Alexandra Bush-Kaufman, MPH, RDN, CD, Washington State University-Extension
Alexandra earned her BS in Dietetics and Human Nutrition from Southeast Missouri State University and her Masters in Public Health Nutrition from University of Washington-Seattle. She is a Registered Dietitian and Certified in the State of Washington. Alexandra began working for Washington State University Extension in 2014 while completing her Masters. She has served as a program and research coordinator for an AFRI-grant, the Washington State SNAP-Ed and EFNEP programs, and as a research coordinator for RNECE-W.

Webinar sponsored by the FNEE Division.