Food and Nutrition Security

Public Health and Wellness

FNCE 2018

305. Preventing Chronic Disease Among Native Americans Through Food Security

Tuesday, October 23
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

This session will outline the current state of food insecurity among American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) and the policies that influence food access in urban and rural Native communities. We will explore the association between food insecurity and nutrition-related chronic disease, including diabetes and obesity. We will provide examples of culturally appropriate approaches to promote food security at the individual, family, and community level when serving AI/AN populations, and discuss the importance of including indigenous perspectives into evidence-based chronic disease prevention initiatives. This session will also highlight professional opportunities for RDNs and NDTRs to work with AI/AN populations, including in Indian Health Service, and demonstrate the food insecurity assessment tools currently used in clinical and community settings.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1040 - Cultural sensitivity
  • 4040 - Disease prevention
  • 4070 - Food security, hunger

Tiffany Grant, MA, RD

Tiffany Grant-Evans is a registered and licensed dietitian with the Chickasaw Nation, Get Fresh! program. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from East Central University and her Master of Arts degree in Dietetics from the University of Oklahoma. Tiffany is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and currently serves as the Professional Education Chair for the Nutrition Education for the Public DPG as well as Past President for the Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As the Food Demonstration Specialist Coordinator, Tiffany works with the Get Fresh! team to develop nutrition education for the Chickasaw Nation, other American Indians and community members in a variety of settings.

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Tiffany Grant, MA, RD

Tiffany Grant-Evans is a registered and licensed dietitian with the Chickasaw Nation, Get Fresh! program. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from East Central University and her Master of Arts degree in Dietetics from the University of Oklahoma. Tiffany is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and currently serves as the Professional Education Chair for the Nutrition Education for the Public DPG as well as Past President for the Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As the Food Demonstration Specialist Coordinator, Tiffany works with the Get Fresh! team to develop nutrition education for the Chickasaw Nation, other American Indians and community members in a variety of settings.

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Kelli Begay, MBA, MS, RD

Kelli is a registered dietitian nutritionist and experienced health care and business development professional with a demonstrated history of working in the health care industry. She is a subject matter expert in the areas of public health, nutrition, diabetes, and Indian health. In her role as Nutrition Consultant, Kelli leads, plans, manages, coordinates, and evaluates nutrition components of the Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Diabetes programs. She provides nutrition leadership, management, direction, and technical expertise to clinical and community health care providers and administrative officials within the IHS. Kelli offers program leadership and coordination to implement strategies and special projects within the Indian Health System (Federal, Tribal, and Urban health programs) that improve the health status of patients and populations affected by chronic conditions related to diabetes and to reduce the prevalence and prevention of those conditions.

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Patty Keane, MS, RDN

Patty is a registered dietitian nutritionist, Associate Scientist and Lecturer at the University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center (PRC). Her work centers on maternal and child nutrition, food security, and federal nutrition programs. Her current projects include the USDA’s SNAP-Ed-funded Child Health Initiative for Lifelong Eating and Exercise (CHILE) Plus, and the CDC’s Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN) statewide evaluation of nutrition policies in New Mexico Head Start. Patty is a member of the Academy’s Political Action Committee Board of Directors, and the Farm Bill Workgroup, and previously served on the Academy’s Legislative and Public Policy Committee, for which she chaired the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Workgroup. Patty is a Past-President of the New Mexico Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and previously served as Public Policy Coordinator. Her volunteer food and nutrition advocacy work has garnered national recognition, and in 2017 she was awarded the Academy’s Award for Grassroots Excellence, after being nominated by US Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01). In 2017, she was appointed to the Institute of Child Nutrition's Child and Adult Care Food Program National Advisory Committee, and in 2018 was elected to the Association of SNAP-Ed Nutrition Networks and Other Implementing Agencies (ASNNA) Leadership Team. She volunteers on the Board of Directors of several New Mexico non-profits, including Roadrunner Food Bank (for which she serves on its Advocacy Committee and chairs its Healthcare Advisory Committee), Three Sisters Kitchen, and the United Way of Central New Mexico’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board.

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