Out of the Dark: Shining the Light on Nutritional Challenges of Female Sex Workers and their Children

Sunday, October 17
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Central Time)
Location:
CE: 1.0
Level 2 (intermediate knowledge/experience)
Activity Code: 163447

Description

Globally, maternal and child health is at the top of nearly every county’s Sustainable Development Goal priorities. It is critical that each country reach and address the most vulnerable and marginalized mothers and children in order to reach set goals. This panel session will discuss the challenges, barriers and opportunities to improve the health and nutrition status of women who are sex workers and their children. Research presented will describe findings from studies conducted in Africa, Asia and North America. The panel discussion will focus on bringing this subject into our professional discourse to explore actionable solutions that will improve access to nutrition and health care, address the impact of developmental origins of disease in this population, identify the social determinants of health that impact the nutritional status of these women and children, and demonstrate how registered dietitian nutritionists can influence policy makers at the local and global levels to address this population..

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the key challenges and barriers faced by vulnerable women sex workers and their children.
  • Apply knowledge to influence policymakers at a local and global level to design programs and policies to improve outcomes for this population.
  • Identify reasons for high maternal and child undernutrition and death.

Performance Indicators:

  • 12.1.1 Advocates for and promotes food and nutrition programs and resources to address issues of food insecurity, nutritional health and
    overall health and wellness.
  • 12.2.1 Identifies determinants of health and influences on population health status.
  • 8.2.3 Analyzes new information and how it impacts medical nutrition
    therapy.

    Moderator(s)

  • Out of the Dark: Shining the Light on Nutritional Challenges of Female Sex Workers and their Children -

    Diane Stadler, PhD, RD

    Professor and Director Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition

    Oregon Health & Science University

  • Speaker(s)

  • Out of the Dark: Shining the Light on Nutritional Challenges of Female Sex Workers and their Children -

    Joanna Cummings, MS, RD, CNSC

    Assoc Director, Dietetic Internship; Director, Lao-OHSU Nutrition Education & Research Partnership

    Oregon Health & Science University

  • Out of the Dark: Shining the Light on Nutritional Challenges of Female Sex Workers and their Children -

    Brian Willis, JD, MPH

    Director

    Global Health Promise