Food and Nutrition Security

Public Health and Wellness

Research and Standards

FNCE 2018

304. Informed Feeding: Data-Driven Nutrition Education and Intervention

Sunday, October 21
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

Recently, the Dietetics Practice-Based Research Network has been expanding to support public health nutrition focused projects. In this session, we will highlight two ongoing research projects focused on improving and evaluating point of service nutrition education and on data collection and utilization efforts in collaboration with Feeding America and the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger. Participants will learn about efforts to develop and test best practice point of service nutrition education interventions in Feeding America food banks to improve food bank client experience, knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy for healthy eating behaviors, and about efforts to pilot expansion of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Health Informatics Infrastructure (ANDHII) to support the collection and reporting of data to inform food bank efforts around service delivery and food quality in the community.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 9060 - Research development, design
  • 1065 - Informatics
  • 4070 - Food security, hunger

Elizabeth Jimenez, PhD, RD

Elizabeth Yakes Jimenez is a Research Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and Director of the Nutrition Research Network for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Yakes Jimenez's research is focused on the prevention of micronutrient deficiencies and on the prevention and improved treatment of obesity and diabetes in underserved populations. She is a pediatric registered dietitian with an M.S. in public health nutrition from Case Western Reserve University and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of California, Davis.


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Christine Rivera, RD

Christine Rivera RD, is a food insecurity, health and nutrition professional with 10 years of experience leading initiatives that address hunger and promote health. As Feeding America’s Community Health and Nutrition Manager, Christine supports the nationwide network of food banks and their partner agencies as they work to improve access to healthy foods and to provide nutrition and health education to clients. Christine leads Feeding America’s Nutrition Education Research, including nudge technical assistance to disseminate this innovative approach to us low cost cues to make the healthy choice the easy choice for food pantries. Christine contributes to, connecting and educating a cross sector of professionals on the intersections of food insecurity, nutrition and health.


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Amy Knoblock-Hahn, PhD, MPH, MS, RD

Amy Knoblock-Hahn completed her dietetics training, including her bachelors and master’s degree in nutrition at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She also holds a master’s of public health and a doctorate in public health from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Knoblock-Hahn’s primary career focus has been in public health research and programming related to health promotion, disease prevention, chronic disease self-management, and social determinants of health. She currently serves as a consultant for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on public health initiatives through the Research, International and Scientific Affairs office as well as the Foundation on Future of Food Initiatives aimed at developing and maintaining high quality nutrient foods sustainable for a growing world population.


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Lauri Y. Wright, PhD, RDN

Lauri Wright is an assistant professor at the University of North Florida, co-director of the Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition, director of the Center for Nutrition and Food Insecurity, and Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. Through her research and with the Center, she develops programs for food insecure individuals in the community, works globally with malnutrition, and directs nutrition programming for people with AIDS. Wright has developed a food recovering and meal distribution model that serves the food insecure (Food Fighters) and seniors (Meals on Wings) in the community. She formerly worked as a clinical dietitian for the Veterans Administration, providing medical nutrition therapy for veterans with chronic disease. Wright is past-president of the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and serves as a Delegate to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Wright earned an undergraduate degree in nutrition from The Ohio State University, a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University and a doctorate from University of South Florida.


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