April 7-9, 2021 // 1:00 – 5:00 pm PST

Moving Forward Together: NLN 2021

Meet the 2021 Speakers – Watch the short introductory Videos here


Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Re-play the FULL Wednesday, April 7 Stream here: (or watch individual Sessions below)

1:00 – 1:15 PM      Welcome and Introductions                                                            

1:15 – 5:00 PM      “MCH Policy to Action: Putting the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025 into Practice.”  


  • Jamie Stang, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Carol Boushey, Associate Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa, HI
  • Rachel Novotny, Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa, HI.

Facilitator: Monica Esquivel
(Meet Monica – watch her Introduction Video)

Reading Assignments: TBD

Attendees of this session will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the processes for selecting topics and questions to be answered by the 2015-2020 and 2020-2025 DGACs and the special considerations for infants and toddlers.
  2. Learn how MCH professionals can addressing the dietary pattern gap for the 0-24 month age groups.
  3. Identify and explain new findings and DGAC recommendations on what pregnant and lactating women should eat and what and when to feed infants and toddlers.

1:15 – 2:15 PM      Jamie Stang: “Translating the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans into Practice in your Program.”  


2:15 – 2:20 PM      Break 

2:20 – 3:20 PM      Carol Boushey: “How can MCH Professionals Address the Dietary Pattern Gap for the 0-24 Age Groups?”


3:20 – 3:25 PM      Break

3:25 – 4:25 PM      Rachel Novotny: “New Findings and DGAC Recommendations on What and When to Feed Infants and Toddlers and for Women Who are Pregnant or Lactating”


4:25 – 4:35 PM      Wrap Up and Lessons Learned       

4:35 – 4:55 PM      Sandy Perkins: ASPHN Updates
(Meet Sandy – watch her Introduction Video)

Resources for Download (PDF):

4:55 – 5:00 PM      Overview of Day 2 and Adjourn

Break Out Rooms 1

Break Out Rooms 2

Break Out Rooms 3 Sandy Perkins

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Session Title: Food Security, Food Systems, and Food Sovereignty

Re-play the FULL Thursday, April 8 Stream here: (or watch individual Sessions below)

1:00 – 1:05 PM      Welcome and Program Overview                                                               

1:05 – 3:00 PM      “Engaging Nutrition Leaders in Food Systems” 


Marie Spiker, Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
Facilitator: Barbara Laraia

Reading Assignments:

Attendees of this session will be able to:

  • Describe how nutrition leaders and other inter-professional health colleagues are a key part of leveraging food systems to support population health
  • Describe current food systems topics that are relevant to nutrition leaders including sustainability and food waste.
  • Discuss strategies for leveraging inter-professional connections as part of systems change. 

1:05 – 1:45 PM      Speaker presentation

1:45 – 2:05 PM      Breakout discussion groups

2:05 – 2:10 PM      Break

2:10 – 2:40 PM      Speaker Presentation

2:40 – 2:55 PM      Breakout discussion groups

2:55 – 3:00 PM      Wrap Up and Lessons Learned       

3:00 – 3:05 PM      Break

3:05 – 3:50 PM      Food Systems and Food Sovereignty and CBPR with Native Populations 


Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, DrPH, MPH, Professor of Rural Health, Executive Director, Center for Indigenous Health Research and Policy
Facilitator: Cristen Harris

3:50 – 3:55 PM      Break

3:55 – 4:50 PM      Food Sovereignty: Tribal Issues in Current Food Economy


  • Valerie Segrest, Regional Director, Native Food & Knowledge System, Native American Agricuture Fund
  • A-dae Romero Briones, Director of Programs, Native Agriculture and Food Systems, First Nations Development Institute

4:50 – 5:00 PM      Wrap-up and Day 3 Overview    

Friday, April 9th, 2021

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Title: “Leading from Within: Title V MCH Nutrition Changing Systems of Inequity”


Jeannine Herrick, Adjunct Instructor, UNC, Gillings School of Global Public Health and Public Health Leadership Department
Facilitator: Dena Herman

Attendees of this session will be able to:

  • Co-create and garner support among staff and stakeholders for a strategic vision that aligns with systems change priorities 
  • Facilitate collective work to identify root causes of adaptive problems requiring systems change efforts
  • Create a daily practice that promotes leading systems change work; gain an increased understanding of when to use various leadership styles to lead systems change efforts
  • Identify team or organizational limiting beliefs that perpetuate current results and identify leverage points for impactful change

Section I: Setting a Vision for Systems Change

1:00 – 1:15 PM      Welcome

1:15 – 1:40 PM      A New Future State

1:40 2:30 PM      Strategic Questions

Section II: Guiding Collective Work to Identify Root Causes of Adaptive Challenges

2:30 – 3:10 PM      Problem and Objective Tree

3:10 – 3:20 PM      Asset-Framed Aim Statements

3:20 – 3:30 PM      BREAK

Section III:    Inside Out: Self

3:30 – 3:45 PM      Cultivating a Daily Practice

3:45 – 4:20 PM      Flexibility in Leadership Styles

Section IV Inside Out: Others

4:20 – 4:50 PM      Limiting Practices That Impede Progress

4:50 – 5:00 PM      Q&A / Closing

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