All Universities awarded the Partners in Excellence for Leadership in MCH Nutrition Grant through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau attend an annual meeting in Washington, DC to network and develop professional and leadership skills.
Western MCH Nutrition Partners - Mission
The Western Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Partners are a group of academic faculty and public health nutrition practitioners who are dedicated to improving the health of women, children and families through better nutrition.
The Partners come together to support leadership for MCH nutrition through training, continuing education and networking.
News & Announcements
Join former and current MCHB Trainees in a unique opportunity to enhance leadership and presentation skills, further develop career goals and aspirations, and boost professional networking. Applications are available here and will be accepted through January 9, 2017, 12:00 noon Pacific Standard Time.
Every year, UCLA organizes the Nutrition Leadership Network Meeting to bring together Registered Dietitians from the Western United States to discuss pertinent issues related to MCH Nutrition. In previous years, session topics have included 2015 Dietary Guidelines, The Affordable Care Act, and Mentorship. In addition, come prepared for an abstract sharing session in which all participants are invited to share current research projects. Enjoy networking with fellow MCH Nutritionists in sunny Southern California!
Visit the NLN 2017 page for more information.
The UC Berkeley School of Public Health has organized a policy day in Sacramento, CA, and the trainees from UC Berkeley and UCLA will be attending January 11 and 12, 2017. Speakers will include California Food Policy Advocates, CA WIC, CA Pan-Ethnic Health Network, Dairy Council of CA, Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Branch of the Department of Public Health, CA Endowment, and a tour of the State Capitol building.
In September 2015, Dr. Dena Herman was officially named Director of the Partners in Excellence for Leadership in MCH Nutrition at UCLA! Dr. Herman’s participation in the Partners in Excellence for Leadership in MCH Nutrition began during her doctoral studies at UCLA, and we are excited for what is to come under her leadership. Her research interests focus on the prevention of childhood obesity and the relationship between the microbiome and diet. She has worked with ethnically diverse population groups across the age spectrum from infancy to elderly and in both domestic and international settings. Congratulations, Dr. Herman!
The annual Western MCH Nutrition Leadership Network meeting will be held on February 26-27 in San Francisco, California. Click here for more information!
The annual Western MCH Nutrition Leadership Network meeting is confirmed for April 10-11 in Marina del Rey, California. Click here for details!
Western MCH Nutrition Parter, Barbara Laraia, associate professor at University of California, Berkeley, was featured on the PBS NewsHour to explore the links between food insecurity and obesity. To access a transcript, please visit: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/why-stress-and-money-woes-may-lead-to-weight-gain/
Congratulations to the Western MCH Nutrition Partners! The article, Life Course Perspective: Evidence for the Role of Nutrition, by Dena Herman, Marion Taylor Baer, Elizabeth Adams, Leslie Cunningham-Sabo, Nelida Duran, Donna Johnson, and Elizabeth Yakes, was published in the February 2014 issue of the Maternal and Child Health Journal.
The paper explores the critical importance of good nutrition as an essential part of comprehensive strategies to reduce adverse health consequences. Through the life course perspective, nutrition should be a priority across the lifespan, with targeted support during critical periods and a focus on the environmental and equity issues that put some populations at higher risk than others for poor health outcomes.
To access journal article, please click: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10995-013-1280-3
A research paper co-authored by former Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) trainee, Megan Patton-Lopez, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. The study, "Prevalence and Correlates of Food Insecurity Among Students Attending a Midsize Rural University in Oregon," found that food insecurity was a significant issue for over half of the college students surveyed. Congratulations to Megan and the OHSU Nutrition in MCH Leadership Training Program! To access the complete article, please visit http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1499404613007070#.