Throughout the year, the PHCNPG features webinars as opportunities for Continuing Professional Education. Members, check your email inbox for e-blast messages announcing upcoming webinars! When available, webinar materials will also be posted on this page. Interested in a specific webinar? Contact us at phcnpg@eatright.org for more information.



Live! Preserving Delights: Where Your Journey into Food Preservation Begins!

Date: September 20, 2023

Time: 12 pm - 1 pm (CT)

In this informative webinar, we will dive into the science and art of food preservation. Dr. Schwan will guide you through the scientific principles of canning, freezing, and drying, where you will learn about science-based preservation techniques and gain a deeper understanding of how these methods work to keep your food safe and flavorful. You will learn about canning low-acid and high-acid foods, safety considerations, and necessary steps in canning both types, empowering you to preserve a wide range of culinary delights confidently.

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QPR Gatekeeper Training

Date: August 30, 2023

Time: 12 pm - 1 pm (CT)

Help save a life with three simple steps. Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year, thousands of Americans like you are saying "yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, family member, or neighbor. QPR Gatekeeper Training is brought to you by your colleague, Cindy Davis, MPH, RDN.

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Red Alert Babies: When WIC Newborn Babies Have Lost Too Much Weight

Date: July 26, 2023

Time: 12 pm - 1 pm (CT)

Breastfeeding assessments are a critical part of WIC services that are offered to WIC families. At PHFE WIC, we wanted to improve our newborn screening tools to ensure that staff were making appropriate recommendations to our mothers. Staff were trained to weigh newborn babies in a dry diaper and assess the infant's weight compared to their birthweight. We created a "traffic light" schematic with "Red, Yellow and Green" zones, so that staff could easily identify babies who had lost more weight than expected. Staff were trained on the appropriate Plan of Care for "Red Alert" zone babies which includes a temporary supplementation plan for feeding the baby, protecting mother's milk supply, and a referral to the baby's doctor. This session will describe how the Red Alert Baby project improves both the breastfeeding assessment and the identification of babies with higher than expected weight loss in the WIC program.

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Opportunities to Strengthen and Enhance Roles of RDNs in Public Health

Date: June 28, 2023

Time: 12 pm - 1 pm (CT)

When we choose our professional path, we may overlook the many opportunities for the dietetics professionals in public health. Registered Dietitians play a primary role in reducing health disparities by educating the communities and initiating behavior changes. As advocates for policy change and implementation of chronic disease prevention programs that will better serve the communities at risk of hunger and nutrition related morbidity rates, dietitians can be the change that public health and community nutrition needs. Because less registered dietitians are choosing professions in public health, more and more programs are left with a significant gap of knowledge as a subject matter expert in nutrition. Entering leadership positions in public health is methodical in addressing these gaps in knowledge and expertise that heavily influence programmatic outcomes.

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Evaluation of the PA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education: Online Nutrition Education Dissemination During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Date: April 5, 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic forced a transition from in-person to virtual education for many. This change to online learning caused many challenges for educators and students. Drexel University's PA SNAP-Ed/Eat Right Philly (DRX ERP) Program created and conducted virtual nutrition education programs with K-12th grade students in the School District of Philadelphia, requiring new skills and adaptation of traditional teaching methods. To evaluate the effectiveness of DRX ERP virtual education, an external evaluator studied the effectiveness of the DRX ERP High School curriculum delivered virtually in six Philadelphia high schools. Participant behavior change was assessed and nutrition coordinator's observations of conducting virtual programming was noted. Lessons learned can help to guide future virtual education programming. Virtual learning opportunities should be considered as an option to reach participants and a potential to meet under-served participants.

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Waste Watcher’s Series Webinar #2: Jamaican Pumpkin Soup

Date: June 5, 2022

The Human and Environmental Nutrition and Public Health and Community Nutrition Dietetic Practice Groups have partnered together to bring you the “Waste Watchers Series” – a series of webinars focused on the reduction of food waste and utilizing what you have on hand to cook a delicious meal. In the second installment of this series, Sherri C Pinero you will cover the basics of composting, including what to compost and creating and maintaining a compost. You will then join a cook-along session. Teslyn Henry-King will demonstrate how to make "Jamaican Pumpkin Soup", while sharing cultural food norms and preferences and factors influencing dietary practices in Caribbean populations. You will have access to the recipe prior to the event, so you can gather your ingredients and cook along if you'd like!

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Taking Action Against Food Waste Through Policy and Advocacy

Date: May 11, 2022

This webinar will address local successes in policy and advocacy work to prevent the loss or waste of food. The two states that will be discussed include California and Maryland. Pearson King, of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, will discuss his work with LAFPC's Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Working Group, and the policy and advocacy work that led to California's new composting and organics recycling law. Brenda Platt of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, will discuss her work to move Maryland forward on composting wasted food and other organics, and current food waste legislation in that state. Members of the HEN and PHCN DPGs Public Policy Committees will also discuss food loss and waste bills that are pending in Congress and how the Academy is advocating for those bills.

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Privilege and Implicit Biases in the Nutrition Profession

Date: April 21, 2022

Throughout the last 100 years, diet recommendations and the nutrition profession reflect privilege and systemic bias, which continues to blame, subjugate, and marginalize people of color (especially Asian Americans) and negatively impact public health goals and outcomes.

In this session, Dr. Burt will share the history of the profession and use the Mediterranean Diet and Monosodium Glutamate recommendations as primary examples of covert bias. To achieve health equity, we must identify the myriad forms of bias impacting the profession, understand the visible and invisible ways different persons are impacted by bias, and take specific actions to create a more equitable health and food system.

Professor Siew Sun Wong will present her 28 years of journey in the U.S. as an English as Second Language (ESL) student and later a minority faculty in the field of nutrition. Through her personal stories from experiencing implicit biases in Dietetics education, classroom discrimination, and promotion and tenure derision, she will share seven lessons learnt as a survival guide for Asian immigrants. Using the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experience in Research (CIMER) curriculum, attendees will get to share their stories, their "I like, I wish, I wonder" and best practices. The session will conclude with a celebration of transformation.

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Waste Watchers Series: Clean Out the Fridge Fried Rice!

Date: January 23, 2022

During this virtual event you will learn about food waste and then join a cook-along cooking class! Fallon Bader will demonstrate how to make "Clean Out The Fridge Fried Rice", which is a delicious recipe that helps to use what you have on hand. You will have access to the recipe prior to the event, so you can gather your ingredients and cook along if you'd like!

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Perspectives on Dietetics: Past, Present and Future

Date: January 19, 2022

Join us for a conversation with a dynamic panel of dietitians, the discussion will explore perspectives on what led them to dietetics. How did their cultural experiences, ethnic and racial identity intersect with their journey pursuing a career in dietetics. Exploration into what the future of dietetics will hold through a diverse lens.

This session will also include a Native American Elder blessing as an opening to the panel discussion.

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Building Workforce Capacity in Public Health Nutrition and Community Nutrition

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021

Worldwide, the prevalence of malnutrition and noncommunicable disease continues to increase, driven by rapidly changing dietary patterns, demographic shifts, climate change, systemic racism, political instability, persistent economic inequities and the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this challenging context, a well-trained public health and community nutrition workforce is critical to manage and contribute to interventions to improve population health. This webinar will describe the results of a study that used surveys and interviews to examine the preparedness and capacity of registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) to work in public health and community nutrition. This will be followed by a panel discussion with several RDNs working in public health and community nutrition. The panel will reflect on the results of the study and identify pragmatic ways to increase RDN interest in and capacity to pursue careers and leadership positions in public health and community nutrition.

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Structural Competency and Stigma

Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021

The webinar will define structural barriers to health equity and describe how stigma reflects societal values at a structural level. Using a case study approach, we will draw a distinction between structural barriers and the social determinants of health. We will also review the five steps to structural competency described in the seminal work of Metzel and Hansen (2014). Webinar participants learn how to conceptualize interventions that address structural barriers using a more integrated and interdisciplinary conceptualization of health and well-being. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to reflect on how to re-conceptualize health care delivery in a way that centers on health equity.

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Hot Topics in Public Health and Community Nutrition: Identifying and Addressing Racial Bias in the Provision of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition Services

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021

This webinar will address how racial bias leads to public and nutritional health access disparities and consequential health risks across the five levels of the Social-Ecological Model. Participants will identify examples of explicit and implicit racial bias and observe racially inclusive and affirming nutrition services in public health and clinical settings. Racial literacy tools for health care providers will be shared, and participants will leave the webinar with an individualized anti-racism toolkit for self-learning and confidence to provide inclusive and affirming public health and clinical nutrition services to diverse racial and ethnic groups.

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Hot Topics in Public Health and Community Nutrition: Providing WIC Services through Remote Delivery during these Unique Times

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020

This webinar will be a discussion of the many adjustments and changes the PHFE WIC Program made during the beginning, the height, and continues to make during the COVID-19 pandemic. This discussion will include lessons learned, adjusting and working through the various governmental policies and procedures, and adapting communication methods to fit the needs of the moment.

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Hot Topics in Public Health and Community Nutrition: Policy and Advocacy 101 for the Public Health and Community Nutrition Dietitian

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020

This webinar will identify the structure of the policy and advocacy program at the Academy to help dietitians understand the many and varied opportunities to get involved in advocacy and policy initiatives. It will cover how to submit comments with specific examples; why action alerts are important and the importance of identifying subject matter experts within the DPG so that they are readily available when legislation and comment opportunities arise. This webinar will also discuss how to get involved with advocacy within global nutrition and review the Advocacy and Education section of the Guide and how to use it.

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Partners in Prevention: Integrating Primary Care and Public Health Programs for Pediatric Obesity Programs

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020

This webinar will describe the implementation and outcomes of the Texas Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration project, which was funded by CDC to decrease obesity in low-income, diverse children ages 2-12.

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Starting a Career in Public Health

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Landing a dietetic job in your area of passion takes planning and networking. This webinar will include stories and suggestions from three RDNs who successfully launched a career in public health and community nutrition. The panel presentation will be followed by a question and answer segment open to the participants. This webinar will identify the skills needed for an entry level position in public health nutrition. The panelists will present information based on their experience both in beginning their careers in public health as well as advancing their careers in the field. The participants will discover skills and tactics that facilitate career advancement and help them construct a plan for a job search in the area of public health and community nutrition.

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Exploring the Food Security Solutions Prioritization Process

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020

Improving food security is an urgent issue but the resources to do this are limited. You need to do the most you can with what you have, but how do you determine where to start? The Food Security Solutions (FSS) Prioritization Process, a unique decision-making approach, can help. The FSS Prioritization Process is a systematic, transparent process that was developed using evidence (in economics and ethics), refined by subject matter experts (in nutrition and public health) and tested by communities (in the U.S. and globally). It identifies which food security solutions resources should be allocated to and, along the way, builds consensus, engagement and community support and positions the community for action.

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