Food and Nutrition Security


FNCE 2018

218. Nutrition Risk Screening in Pediatrics: Hospital-and Community-Based Tools

Tuesday, October 23
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

Nutrition screening tools have been examined extensively in the adult population, but little is known about the validity and reliability of quick and easy tools to identify nutrition risk in the pediatric population. This session will describe methodology and results of a systematic review of nutrition screening tools to identify risk of malnutrition related to over- and undernutrition in the pediatric population. Validity and reliability of 14 pediatric nutrition screening tools used in clinical and community settings were examined, including how well different administrators of the tools identify malnutrition risk. Tool parameters were evaluated to guide future development and implementation of pediatric nutrition screening tools that can be utilized in a variety of settings. Finally, the link between food insecurity and risk for malnutrition in the US was investigated. A research call to action will be proposed for underrepresented areas and groups and for expansion upon existing tools.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 3090 - Screening parameters, methodology, surveillance
  • 4150 - Infancy and Childhood (stages of life cycle)
  • 4070 - Food security, hunger

Mary Rozga, PhD, RDN

Mary Rozga is a Nutrition Researcher for the Evidence Analysis Library in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In this role, she works with expert workgroups to produce systematic reviews and Evidence Based Practice Guidelines on a variety of nutrition topics in order to inform nutrition practice. She is the EAL staff liaison the Pediatric Nutrition Screening project and has worked as a systematic review methodologist with the project manager, lead analyst and expert workgroup for this project to conduct each step for this systematic review. She completed her doctorate and dietetic internship, both focused on community nutrition, at Michigan State University.


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Molly Vega, MS RDN LD

Molly received her Bachelors degree in nutritional science from Texas A&M University and her Masters degree from Texas Women's University. For the past 10 years she has worked caring for children with kidney disease at Texas Children's Hospital. She is active in research in several areas including critical care, nephrology and malnutrition. She is co-author of Malnutrition among hospitalized children in the US. Changing Prevalence. Published in JAND in 2017. She is a member of the EAL pediatric malnutrition nutrition risk screening project. She also pursues her love of sports nutrition as a member of the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute human performance group.


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Sarah G. Bellini

Sarah is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science at Brigham Young University and the director of the didactic program in dietetics. She earned her master’s and doctorate degrees from Utah State University in Nutrition and Food Science and completed her bachelor’s degree at University of Idaho in Dietetics.

She worked as a clinical dietitian at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City Utah for 11 years with 6 of those years as the inpatient clinical nutrition manager. During her time as clinical nutrition manager, she facilitated the implementation of electronic nutrition screening and assessment. Now she melds her clinical experience with research in pediatric nutrition and mentoring future registered dietitian nutritionists.


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Elizabeth Spoede, MS, RD, CSP, LD

Libby is a pediatric clinical dietitian at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas where she has spent a majority of her time caring for patients with cystic fibrosis. She completed her undergraduate degrees in biology and nutrition from Texas A&M University and went on to receive a master’s degree in nutrition from Texas Woman’s University. Libby is an adjunct faculty at the Art Institute of Houston where she teaches a nutrition course for the culinary and general education programs.


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