From the Coordinating Center
A Tribute to Dr. Dianne S. Ward
It is with deep sadness that NOPREN has learned of the death of colleague and researcher, Dr. Dianne S. Ward.

Dr. Ward was a professor in the UNC Gillings School of Public Health, Department of Nutrition and was embedded with the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP), where she directed the Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group.

Dianne’s pioneering spirit, dedication to research, and relentless pursuit of improved environments for young children in childcare settings lives on in so many ways. One example of this is the use of GO NAPSACC in 22 states by public health departments and early childhood stakeholder groups. As part of CDC’s ECE Spectrum of Opportunity work, DNPAO worked with partners including Dianne and the team to spread and scale this evidence-based intervention through its public health programs and through collaborations with USDA SNAP-ED. The creation and use of this evidence-based intervention by public health and early childhood practitioners for the benefit of young children across the nation is part of Dianne’s wonderful legacy. She will be greatly missed. 

HER NOPREN Summer Speaker Series
Student Presentation Session
Wednesday, August 16th, 4-5 PM ET

Join us for the final session of the HER NOPREN Summer Speaker Series for Students. This session will feature 5 student presentations that will highlight the public health nutrition projects and research they have been working on over the summer. Students will be presenting on topics related to childhood nutrition, produce prescription programs, COVID-19, and federal nutrition assistance programs. Additional projects will be featured as posters on the NOPREN website (available August 16th).

You can learn more about the student presentations and posters on the NOPREN website here.

Check out past recordings here, including our August 9th session on COVID-19 Policy Implications for USDA Child Nutrition Programs and SNAP.
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From our CDC DNPAO Partners

Park, S., Lee, S. H., Merlo, C., & Blanck, H. M. (2023). Associations between Knowledge of Health Risks and Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Intake among US Adolescents. Nutrients, 15(10), 2408.

SNEB High Impact Award Recipient
McLoughlin, G. M., Fleischhacker, S., Hecht, A. A., McGuirt, J., Vega, C., Read, M., Colón-Ramos, U., & Dunn, C. G. (2020). Feeding Students During COVID-19-Related School Closures: A Nationwide Assessment of Initial Responses. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 52(12), 1120–1130.

Dietary Guidelines and Intake
Hess, J. M. (2023). Dietary Supplements are an Important Nutrient Source for Older Americans- What Does This Mean for Dietary Guidance? The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 118(1), 3–4.

Jenkins, M., Jefferds, M. E. D., Aburto, N. J., Ramakrishnan, U., Martorell, R., & Addo, O. Y. (2023). What Do United States Adolescents Eat? Food Group Consumption Patterns and Dietary Diversity from a Decade of Nationally Representative Data. Current Developments in Nutrition, 7(8).

Drinking Water
Patel, A. I., Schmidt, L. A., McCulloch, C. E., Blacker, L. S., Cabana, M. D., Brindis, C. D., & Ritchie, L. D. (2023). Effectiveness of a School Drinking Water Promotion and Access Program for Overweight Prevention. Pediatrics. e2022060021.

Early Childhood
Pérez-Escamilla, R. (2023). Breastfeeding and the Obesity Pandemic. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 118(1), 1–2.

Ware, J. L., Li, R., Chen, A., Nelson, J. M., Kmet, J. M., Parks, S. E., Morrow, A. L., Chen, J., & Perrine, C. G. (2023). Associations Between Breastfeeding and Post-perinatal Infant Deaths in the U.S. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Zimmer, M., Obbagy, J., Scanlon, K. S., Gibbs, K., Lerman, J. L., Hamner, H. C., Pannucci, T., Sharfman, A., Reedy, J., & Herrick, K. A. (2023). Count Every Bite to Make “Every Bite Count”: Measurement Gaps and Future Directions for Assessing Diet From Birth to 24 Months. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, S2212-2672(23)00242-3.
Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs
Anderson, C. E., Au, L. E., Yepez, C. E., Ritchie, L. D., Tsai, M. M., & Whaley, S. E. (2023). Increased WIC Cash Value Benefit is associated with greater amount and diversity of redeemed fruits and vegetables among participating households. Current Developments in Nutrition, 101986.

Gusto, C., Diaz, J., Warner, L., Overdevest, C., Campbell, C., & Galindo, S. (2023). A snapshot of nutrition incentive adaptation during COVID-19: Consensus-building with practitioners. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 12(3), Article 3.

Woodward-Lopez, G., Esaryk, E. E., Hewawitharana, S. C., Kao, J., Talmage, E., & Rider, C. D. (2023). Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education reductions during COVID-19 may have exacerbated health inequities. SSM - Population Health, 23, 101471.

Food and Nutrition Security
Laska, M. N., Fleischhacker, S., Petsoulis, C., Bruening, M., & Stebleton, M. J. (2020). Addressing College Food Insecurity: An Assessment of Federal Legislation Before and During Coronavirus Disease-2019. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 52(10), 982–987.

Qin, Y., Cowan, A. E., Bailey, R. L., Jun, S., & Eicher-Miller, H. A. (2023). Usual nutrient intakes and diet quality among United States older adults participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program compared with income-eligible nonparticipants. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 118(1), 85–95.

Food is Medicine
Lynch, C. J. (2023). A Concept for Comprehensive Food is Medicine Networks or Centers of Excellence. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 118(1), 10–12.

School Wellness
Thompson, H. R., Madsen, K. A., Nguyen, C., Argenio, K., D’Agostino, E., Konty, K., & Day, S. (2023). School-level self-reported versus objective measurements of body mass index in public high school students. Preventive Medicine, 174, 107616.

Wang, L., Cohen, J. F., Maroney, M., Cudhea, F., Hill, A., Schwartz, C., Lurie, P., & Mozaffarian, D. (2023). Evaluation of health and economic effects of United States school meal standards consistent with the 2020–2025 dietary guidelines for Americans. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 0(0).



Healthy Mothers Health Babies Consortium - 2022 Annual Report

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

Nutrition Policy Institute & Impact/Justice

University of California Research Consortium on Beverages and Health

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - Senior Manager, Nutrition Services Coverage

Baylor University - Professor and Chair, Department of Public Health, deadline 8/31/23

Consumer Federation of America - Communications and Membership Outreach Manager

Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition - Multiple positions

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - Grassroots Co-Director, deadline 8/25/23
The Network for Public Health Law - Deputy Director – Policy, Equity, and Community Impact

NYC Food Policy - Multiple positions

UNC Global Food Research Program - Project Manager, deadline 8/29/23

University of Michigan - Recommendation Request: Dr. Kate Bauer, University of Michigan, is seeking recommendations for an individual or team that can assist with data visualization and developing nutrition policy communication products for diverse audiences. If you are interested in this type of work or have recommendations for a company working in this space, please email her at
America's Health Food Financing Initiative - HFFI Local and Regional Healthy Food Financing Partnerships Program, deadline 11/3/23
2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee: Meeting 3 - Request for Oral Comments

CDC - Apply to Be a Host Site: CDC’s Public Health Law Fellowship
Federal Register - Request for Comments: Draft Prospectus for the First National Nature Assessment, deadline 9/18/23

Leadership Academy for the Public's Health - Applications Open: National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH)

The Breakthrough Institute - Food and Agriculture Policy Intern, deadline 9/1/23

Consumer Federation of America - Public Policy Internship

Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition - Postdoctoral fellow

NOPREN Drinking Water Work Group - Fellow Position

Penn State - Postdoctoral Scholar, Health, Ingestive Behavior, and Technology

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - 2024 - 2025 Policy Fellows
Texas State University - Postdoctoral Scholar Pool: College of Applied Arts, deadline 5/31/24

University of Michigan School of Public Health, Department of Nutritional Sciences - Food Security and Nutrition Promotion Policy Research Assistant, deadline 9/3/23

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - HHS Nutrition Policy Fellowship, deadline 10/2/23

The White House - Internship Program, deadline 8/18/23
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This digest is based on a compilation of news services and listservs developed by Sheila Fleischhacker, PhD, JD, RDN during her time as co-chair of the HER NOPREN COVID-19 Food & Nutrition Work Group and operationalized on a weekly basis by HER. The new bi-weekly digest is created by NOPREN and reviewed by Dr. Fleischhacker. The digest is jointly supported by Healthy Eating Research (HER) and the Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN). HER is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; NOPREN is supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 5U48DP00498-05 funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity and Prevention Research Centers Program. The findings and conclusions in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position of HER, CDC, DHHS, or the USDA.