International Nutrition Innovations

142. 2018 Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim International Lecture: Innovative Partnerships- How Collaboration Leads to Stronger Global Dietitians

Sunday, October 21
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 1- Intermediate

This session will present the work of two organizations that are identifying nutrition educational needs and training dietitians/nutritionists in low resource settings around the world.

The University of Ghana and Iowa State University will discuss their innovative approach to providing global opportunities and training dietetic interns through rotations at the Nutrition Research and Training Centre (NRTC) in Asesewa, Ghana, Africa. Dietetic interns collaborate to develop and provide interventions to rural community members focusing on complementary feeding practices of infants six months up to five years of age.

Oregon Health & Science University will present how they have established the Lao-American Nutrition Institute (LANI) in Lao P.D.R. in collaboration with the Lao Ministry of Health. To help the country achieve its 2020 Sustainable Development Goals, LANI is training Lao nationals as the country’s first clinical dietitian/nutritionists in a low-income, low-resource country.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 6060- Learning needs assessment, learning plan development & evaluation
  • 8015- Cultural/ethnic food and culinary practices
  • 5280- Nutrient deficiencies

Joanna Cummings, MS, RD, CNSC

Joanna Cummings, MS RD CNSC, is the Country Director and Clinical Nutrition Instructor for the Lao-American Nutrition Institute (LANI) in Vientiane, Lao PDR. She received her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and is a Registered Dietitian (RD) with advanced certification as a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC). Her clinical and research experience includes pediatric and adult nutrition, inherited metabolic disorders, oncology, and bone marrow transplant. Additionally, she has worked extensively on the development of nutrition education tools as the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) trainee at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) at OHSU, Research Dietitian at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Clinical Dietitian in Oncology at the University of Colorado and as an adjunct professor at the University of Northern Colorado.

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Judith Gilbride, PhD, RDN, FAND

Dr. Judith Gilbride, recipient of the 2018 Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award, is a Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University. She has been an educator and professional role model at New York University for most of her career, teaching dietary managers and doctoral students, and inspiring them make their marks on the profession. She advanced from teaching assistant to lecturer, instructor, assistant, associate and then to full professor at NYU. She has served the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as President, House of Delegates Speaker, Foundation Director-at-Large, and as a member of numerous committees and task forces. Most recently, she became an ACEND program reviewer. For the past 17 years, she has been a Foundation Advisor for the Wimpfheimer‐Guggenheim International programs. Dr. Gilbride also received a Medallion Award in 1997.

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Diane Stadler, PhD, RD

Dr. Stadler, PhD, RD is an Associate Professor of Medicine. She received her doctoral degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Iowa and was on the faculty at the University of Utah before joining the faculty at OHSU in 2000 and Health Promotion & Sports Medicine in 2005. Her clinical and research experience centers on "extreme nutrition interventions" for the treatment and prevention of disease including: nutritional rehabilitation of severely malnourished children in Zambia, Africa, dietary treatment of children with rare genetic disorders, use of extremely high fat diets for children with severe, unresponsive seizure disorders, and comparing the health risks and benefits of very low- and high-carbohydrate diets for weight loss in obese adults.

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Erin Bergquist, MPH, RD, CNSC, LD

Erin received her BS in Dietetics from Iowa State University and her master’s degree in Public Health from Des Moines University, Iowa with an emphasis on improving access to healthful foods. Erin has previous experience working as a nutrition support specialist at a Trauma Level 1 hospital and currently works as an instructor for the Iowa State University Dietetics Internship (ISU DI). She is the coordinator for ISU DI’s international locations in Ghana, Africa and Paris, France. She has received the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year, Outstanding Dietetic Educator, and Faculty Award for International Achievement. In her spare time, Erin enjoys gardening and spending time with her family, dog, and free range chickens.

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Laurene Boateng, PhD, RD (Ghana)

Laurene Boateng, PhD, RD currently serves as a lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Ghana. She is the clinical placement coordinator for hospital rotations and internships for undergraduate and post-graduate students and interns.
She earned her BS in biochemistry from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana in 2001, followed by her PgDipEd in Science Education from University of Cape Coast in Ghana in 2005. In 2008 she obtained an MPhil Degree in Dietetics after which worked as a clinical dietitian for 2 years. She has been in her current role since 2008. She obtained her PhD degree in Nutrition from the University of Ghana in 2017 and her current research is focused on improving dietetics practice in Ghana.

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Chandavone Phoxay, MD, MSc, PhD

Chandavone Phoxay, MD, MSc, PhD is the Director of the National Nutrition Center, Ministry of Health Lao PDR, and she has served on the Board Committee of the Lao American Nutrition Institute since 2014. Dr. Phoxay has authored numerous publications and previously served as the Deputy Director of General of Hygiene Health Promotion, where she was in charge of developing their hygiene health promotion program and leading work related to primary health care, national health education, and national nutrition programs. She also worked with the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement and was the secretariat of the National Nutrition Committee in Lao PDR.

Dr. Phoxay worked as a pediatrician on the pediatric intensive care unit in the Mahosot hospital (the largest national hospital) in Lao PDR for eight years and worked on the pediatric ward in the rural setting of Strung Treng provincial hospital in Cambodia for one year. She was lecturer and assistant professor at Osaka University for three years, sharing her expertise on maternal and child health, international health, and primary health care. Additionally, she was the Assistant Director of the Secretariat of Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) for Global Fund against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (GFATM) Program for three years and the Director of Health System Strengthening, supported by the Global Fund, for five years.

Dr. Phoxay holds a PhD in Human Sciences from Osaka University (Japan), a Masters of Health Science on International Health from University of Tokyo, and her MD from Lao Medical University.

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Joanna Cummings, MS, RD, CNSC

Joanna Cummings, MS RD CNSC, is the Country Director and Clinical Nutrition Instructor for the Lao-American Nutrition Institute (LANI) in Vientiane, Lao PDR. She received her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and is a Registered Dietitian (RD) with advanced certification as a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC). Her clinical and research experience includes pediatric and adult nutrition, inherited metabolic disorders, oncology, and bone marrow transplant. Additionally, she has worked extensively on the development of nutrition education tools as the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) trainee at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) at OHSU, Research Dietitian at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Clinical Dietitian in Oncology at the University of Colorado and as an adjunct professor at the University of Northern Colorado.

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