WIC! Innovative Practices and Legislative Updates
Date: February 28, 2024
Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. (CT)
Darlena Birch, MBA, RDN, Senior Manager, Public Health at the National WIC Association (NWA), will give us a glimpse of the current projects and goals to promote and advance racial and healthy equity in public health. Presented amongst the backdrop of the WIC legislative updates from Capitol Hill, it has never been more vital that the inequities in nutrition, breastfeeding, and prenatal and postpartum health outcomes are elevated. The WIC program has always been an innovator in food as medicine and quality nutrition education services, NWA is committed to lending their expertise to ensure that the food insecurity and nationwide racial and health inequities are addressed. Coming through the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the identification of innovative strategies to provide services, resources, and support to millions of women, infant, and young children. Join this webinar to learn more how subject matter experts in nutrition, lactation, research, and policy are raising the bar in public health services and support.
Darlena Birch, MBA, RDN
Darlena Birch's WIC journey commenced at the grassroots level within a local agency serving an 8,600-resident rural community along the Arizona-New Mexico border. Progressing from a role as the agency's WIC director and Registered Dietitian, Darlena ventured to the Arizona WIC state office in Phoenix. Her drive for growth led her back east, where she served as the Training Center Nutritionist with the Maryland WIC state office. Currently, Darlena oversees NWA's nutrition and breastfeeding initiatives, contributing to advocacy efforts, crafting public comments, and contributing her expertise in the evaluation of research/studies pertaining to nutrition and breastfeeding.
PHCN Webinar Series: Careers in Public Health Community Nutrition
Date: January 31, 2024
Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. (CT)
The field of Nutrition is so widespread and broad. There are so many Registered Dietitian in public health and community nutrition and so many different career paths, we feel it is important to share this information with future Dietitians. The Careers webinars will highlight 2-3 Registered Dietitian currently working in public health community nutrition. During the 1-hour webinar each speaker will have the chance to discuss their current position and how their particular backgrounds allowed to the achieve their current status. This webinar will be offered free to students in order to gain an interest in public health community nutrition and to gain more about what we do in this particular field.
Beth Cordova, MPA, RDN
Beth Cordova received both her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and her Master of Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. She has been employed at the PHFE WIC Program since 2002, currently working as the Dietetic Internship Director. She currently serves as Treasurer for the California Academy of Nutrition, Chair Elect for the Public Health Community Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, and a member of the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists’ Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Council’s DEIA work group. Beth considers it an honor and a privilege to serve future dietetic professionals.
Marianella Herrera, MD, PhD
Marianella Herrera graduated from Medical School at Central University of Venezuela, and holds a Master and a Doctorate in Human Nutrition both from Simon Bolivar University in Caracas. She currently is a Visiting professor at Framingham State University and Simmons University, both in Massachusetts, and continues her research in Venezuela, Latin America and the USA through diverse projects. She has served the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics through different roles: past-president of the International Affiliate, past Chair of the Council on research, past NNC at LAHIDAN and she currently is the NCC of this wonderful group: PHCN.
Victoria Warren-Mears, PhD, RDN, FAND
For 17 years, Victoria Warren-Mears has served as Division Director of the Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center. She is responsible for staff management, grant writing, and program development at the direction of tribal leaders to improve health outcomes for tribes in the Portland area. Victoria received a Ph.D. from the University of Washington and a BS and MS from Washington State University. Victoria has been involved in developing tribally driven best practices for data sharing, use, and stewardship. As an active Academy Member, she served as State President for Washington and Oregon Academies and former Chair of the PHCN Practice group.
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