From the Coordinating Center
NOPREN State-of-the-Science webinar May 8th @ 12pm ET
Advancing nutrition policies during COVID-19 and beyond: NOPREN Work Groups at the cutting edge

In this State-of-the-Science, a select number of NOPREN Work Groups will give lightning round talks on their NOPREN-funded projects evaluating the impact and future implications for nutrition assistance program or policy changes that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Topics include:
  • An analysis of funding priorities and the equity implications of water security provisions in United States’ COVID-19 policies and programs (Abigail Colburn)
  • Household food security and food sourcing patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic in Appalachian Ohio (Jennifer Garner and Kyle Busse)
  • Food policy councils and the COVID-19 pandemic (Larissa Calancie and Abiodun Atoloye)
  • Free school meals for all: A policy study of adoption in Maine and California (Juliana Cohen and Amelie Hecht)

Passcode: 610909
Meeting ID: 910 5393 6229

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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.
Webinars to Watch

Check out the April Early Childhood Work Group webinar on Effective State-Level Policies to Strengthen the Early Years featuring Dr. Cynthia Osborne, Executive Director of the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center. 

Grounded in the science of the developing child and based on comprehensive reviews of the most rigorous evidence available, this session shared 11 policy solutions that help foster the nurturing environments infants and toddlers need to thrive and that reduce longstanding disparities in opportunities and outcomes among racial and ethnic groups and socioeconomic statuses. 

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Dietary Guidelines and Intake
Du, M., Griecci, C. F., Cudhea, F., Eom, H., Wong, J. B., Wilde, P., Kim, D. D., Michaud, D. S., Wang, Y. C., Mozaffarian, D., & Zhang, F. F. (2023). What is the cost-effectiveness of menu calorie labelling on reducing obesity-associated cancer burdens? an economic evaluation of a federal policy intervention among 235 million adults in the USA. BMJ Open, 13(4).

Food and Nutrition Security
Bleich, S. N., Fiechtner, L., and Kenney, E. L. (2023). Opportunities to Promote Food and Nutrition Security as the Federal Public Health Emergency Ends.” JAMA Health Forum 4(4). e231472.

Mozaffarian, D. (2023). Measuring And Addressing Nutrition Security To Achieve Health And Health Equity. Health Affairs Health Policy Brief.

Tufts Institute for Global Obesity Research and Tufts Equity in Health, Wealth, and Civic Engagement - The Role of Dollar Stores on Food Access and Obesity Inequities in the United States, 5/9/23 @11a ET
Center for Science in the Public Interest - Program Manager, deadline 5/10/23

Chef Ann Foundation - Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy, deadline 5/15/23

Congressional Research Service - Analyst in Health Policy, deadline 5/30/23

Excite Program - Program Coach, first review of applications 5/8/23

Public Health Institute - Junior Program Analyst, The Global Health Training, Advisory and Support Contract

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Managing Director, Leadership for Better Health

The Rockefeller Foundation - Managing Director, Food is Medicine

Food Minds - upwaRD Class of 2023, upwaRD is a professional recognition and development program for emerging nutrition communicators

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Ways to Get Involved with the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
American Academy of Pediatrics - Public Health Internship

Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations - 2023 II Session of the UN Global Indigenous Youth Forum, 10/18/23-10/24/22, applications due 6/30/23

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - Cynthia Hayes Memorial Scholarship, deadline 5/12/23

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Health Equity Scholars for Action 2023, deadline 5/31/23

Texas A&M AgriLife Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Evidence Center - Research Student Assistant

USDA - Climate or Nutrition Science Fellowship, deadline 5/26/23
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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.