296. Going Global: Barriers and Bridges to International Nutrition Work

Monday, October 28
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: 120-ABC
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 149478

Course Tracks: Global Nutrition

When dietitians first learn of global nutrition work, the first question often asked is, “How can I get involved?” This session will highlight how RDNs from a wide array of professional backgrounds can get involved in global nutrition work via speakers representing areas of volunteerism, non-profits, government organizations, and public universities.
Strategies for bridging the barriers to global nutrition work will be addressed, including how to build networks with potential partners doing global work and how to identify and access helpful resources. Organizations who would benefit from working with dietitians will be identified. Additionally, potential grants and other funding sources will be discussed. Attendees will leave with a personal action plan of how they can become involved in global nutrition initiatives.

Planned with the Global Member Interest Group

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the various roles that RDNs can play in the global nutrition arena.
  • Outline agencies at all levels that could provide opportunities for global nutrition work and list resources available to initiate international work.
  • Develop a personal action plan to transition to global work utilizing the strategies, lists, and information shared by panelists.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 4020 Community program development
  • 1060 Foreign language, cultures
  • 7180 Strategic planning

Performance Indicator:

  • 12.1.1 Promotes nutrition programs and resources to address issues of food security, nutritional health and overall health and wellness.
  • 2.2.2 Considers and respects the opinions, creativity, values, beliefs and perspectives of others.
  • 4.2.8 Identifies and implements a plan to address the problem, issue or challenge.


  • Jen Brewer, MA, RDN

    Global Nutrition Consultant

    Maya Health Alliance

  • Speaker(s)

  • Yibo Wood, PhD

    Global Nutrition Coordinator

    USDA/Food and Nutrition Service

  • Charlotte Block, MS, RD

    Technical Specialist, Nutrition and Resilience


  • Linda Yarrow, PhD, RDN, LDN, CDE

    Instructor/Clinical RDN

    Kansas State University/Clay County Medical Center

  • Laurie Sauerwein, MS, MScPH, RD

    International Public Health Nutrition volunteer

    Not currently employed