343. Expanding Horizons: RDN Fellows Advancing Strategies to Address Global Malnutrition

Sunday, October 21
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 143 ABC
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 141070

There is an increasingly important role for RDNs to work globally to accelerate progress in ending malnutrition. To illustrate the formative work being done by RDNs in the global space, this session will showcase the work of two current Academy Foundation fellows in Guatemala to address malnutrition and improve food security. In collaboration with with Maya Health Alliance/Wuqu’ Kawoq, the Duke Center for International Development, and with the support of Academy and Foundation staff, university partners, and local stakeholders, culturally sensitive nutrition interventions have been researched and reviewed, and programs and policies targeting the core causes of malnutrition have been developed and identified. The session will describe this work, including the development of multi-disciplinary relationships and program implementation and policy development initiatives, to identify collaborative solutions for areas at high risk of malnutrition.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the importance of culturally sensitive nutrition interventions in global settings.
  • Demonstrate how to use the systems approach to address malnutrition in global settings.
  • Identify how nutrition research is conducted in global settings.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1040 – Cultural sensitivity
  • 4010 – Community intervention, monitoring, evaluation
  • 4070 – Food security, hunger
  • Dietetics Practice Based Research Network

Performance Indicator:

  • 1.3.6 Develops and implements culturally appropriate strategies when delivering service.
  • 12.1.1 Promotes nutrition programs and resources to address issues of food security, nutritional health and overall health and wellness.
  • 3.3.3 Collaborates with customers and others to support access to services.


  • Elizabeth Jimenez, PhD, RD

    Research Associate Professor

    University of New Mexico

  • Session Speaker(s)

  • Stephen Alajajian, RD, CLC

    with Maya Health Alliance/Wuqu’ Kawoq

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation

  • Alice Figueroa, MPH, RDN

    Duke Center for International Development Malnutrition Fellow

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation