Public Health and Wellness

FNCE 2018

437. The Double Burden: Nutrition in Refugee and Immigrant Populations in the United States

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

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

The refugee and immigrant populations in the United States are growing. Upon arriving in the United States, these populations often have little knowledge of nutrition or available food choices. Despite being burdened by under- and over-nutrition, nutrition is seldom addressed during their initial health assessment. As the Academy expands its scope globally, understanding the nutritional and health challenges faced by refugee and immigrant populations when relocating to the United States is paramount. This session will identify those challenges and demonstrate the connection between refugee and immigrant mental heatlh and dietary acculturation.

Planned with the Committee for Public Health/Community Nutrition

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1040 - Cultural sensitivity
  • 8015 - Cultural/ethnic food and culinary practice
  • 4070 - Food security, hunger

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Cordialis Msora-Kasago, MA, RD

Cordialis Msora-Kasago is the founder of The African Pot Nutrition, a consultancy that improves the health of people of African descent through diet and lifestyle changes. An advocate for heritage foods and healthy cultural practices, Ms. Msora-Kasago specializes in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, family wellness and nutrition education. She is a Regional Nutrition Manager with Sodexo, media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, professional speaker, Stone Soup blogger and contributor to several media outlets. Ms. Msora-Kasago holds a certificate in adult weight management, is a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles and earned a master’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.


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Jigna Dharod, PhD

Dr. Dharod is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She conducts research focused on understanding the extent and manifestation of food insecurity among U.S. born and non U.S. born population groups. She is specifically interested in understanding the relationship between past and current food insecurity, coping strategies and thereby health outcomes.


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