From the Coordinating Center
NOPREN State-of-the-Science webinar June 12th @ 12pm ET
Launch of NOPREN’s New Pediatric Obesity Health Services Research Work Group


  • Alyson B. Goodman, MD, MPH, CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
  • Amanda Staiano, PhD, LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Join this month’s webinar to hear more about NOPREN’s new work group focused on the advancement of the study and implementation of pediatric obesity treatment and research methodologies. Learn about ways to connect with the group as they seek to build a network of interdisciplinary members to identify and answer research gaps to provide evidence-based information and policy guidance on the equitable prevention and treatment of childhood obesity and co-occurring conditions in the U.S.

Passcode: 610909
Meeting ID: 910 5393 6229

Missed a State-of-the-Science? All past recordings can be found here.
Upcoming Work Group Meetings

May topics include:

Introduction to the Farm Bill, Rural Food Access WG

...And more!

Information about upcoming Work Group meetings can be found here.

Save the Date: HER NOPREN Summer Speaker Series for Students

Join us for the fourth annual HER NOPREN Summer Speaker Series for Students! This series will feature 5 webinar presentations on a variety of topics related to food and nutrition security, federal nutrition assistance programs, COVID-19 implications, and nutrition equity.

The presentations will be held on the following Wednesdays from 4-5pm ET: June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26, and August 9, 2023.

HER NOPREN Healthy Food Retail Work Group: Call for Fellow

The HER NOPREN Healthy Food Retail Work Group is looking for a new fellow! This is a 1-year position and requires a commitment of 5-10 hours per month. In return, the fellow is provided a $1,000 stipend and invitation to attend the HER Annual Meeting.

If you are interested in the HFR Work Group Fellow position, please send your resume & brief description on why you would like this position to Beth Racine (
Feedback Requested: COVID-19 Food & Nutrition Work Group

With the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, but continued impacts and opportunities to learn from the pandemic, we are interested in how we can make working group activities most beneficial to you. We are also interested in hearing about collaborations, projects, or papers that have resulted from your participation in the working group. Please complete this brief, 5-minute survey to share your thoughts.
From the Archives

This month we are featuring a presentation by Dr. Sanjay Basu, MD, PhD, titled New Research Methods for the Evaluation of Policy Changes: Old Problems, New Solutions. In this State-of-the-Science, Dr. Basu discusses three methods of policy evaluation that can be used to address some of the most common problems faced by researchers.

Check out the presentation here:
NOPREN HER Resource Digest
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Food Security
Gosliner, W., Felix, C., Strochlic, R., Wright, S., Yates-Berg, A., Thompson, H.R., Tang, H., and Melendrez, B. (2023). Feasibility and Response to the San Diego County, California, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Agency Sending Food and Nutrition Text Messages to All Participants: Quasi-Experimental Web-Based Survey Pilot Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research 25(1). e41021.

Nutrition Policy
Bleich, S.N. (2023). Reflections on Federal Service in the Executive Branch. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

School Wellness
Michael, S.L., Jones, S.E., Merlo, C.L., Sliwa, S.A., Lee, S.M., Cornett, K., Brener, N.D., Chen, T.J., Ashley, C.L., and Park, S. (2023). Dietary and Physical Activity Behaviors in 2021 and Changes from 2019 to 2021 Among High School Students - Youth Risk Behavior Survey, United States, 2021. MMWR Supplements 72(1). 75–83.
Action for Health Kids - SR Program Coordinator

The Center for American Progress - Senior Director, Health Policy

Credence Management Solutions - Senior Nutrition Advisor

Emory University - Public Health Program Associate, The Food Fortification Center

Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition - Multiple positions

Indiana Department of Health - Community Food Systems Manager

Mathematica - Child Nutrition Policy Senior Research, Deputy Area Director

Milken Institute - Feeding Change Senior Associate

NIH - Director, Office of Science Policy
Nutrition Policy Institute - Administrative Officer 2

Public Health Institute - Senior Nutrition Advisor

Rochester Institute of Technology - Nutrition Faculty Lecturer

Rockefeller Foundation - Managing Director, Food is Medicine

Rockefeller Foundation - Project Manager, Food is Medicine

Save the Children - Lead Advisor, Nutrition

Syracuse University - Director of Performance Nutrition

Washington D.C., Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development - Program Analyst (Business Development Manager- Food Access)

The Y in Central Maryland - Senior Director Health & Nutrition
Hunger to Health Collaboratory - Submit a Nominee, 2023 H2HC Inaugural Innovation Prizes

  • Request for Comments, Determining Eligibility for Free and Reduced Price Meals and Free Milk, deadline 7/7/23
  • Request for Comments, Information Collection for the National School Lunch Program, deadline 7/7/23
  • Request for Comments, Operational Challenges in Child Nutrition Programs (OCCNP) Surveys, deadline 7/7/23
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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.