Community Outreach

Faculty and students of the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition participate in a variety of food and nutrition programs and events in the Portland metropolitan area, throughout Oregon, and in regional and international locations. Outreach opportunities include providing nutrition education classes to the general public and patients with chronic diseases, participating in health fairs and conferences, and helping underserved and disadvantaged groups through service learning experiences. We strongly believe in giving back to our community.

Area of Concentration

In 2012, ACEND began requiring all dietetic internships to select a unique concentration that would enrich its curriculum and set it apart from other internship programs. The GPHN chose a concentration in Community Outreach because it directly reflects the mission of OHSU and inspires our students to build bridges between the classroom, clinic, and community. Our dietetic internship provides a greater number of supervised practice hours in clinical nutrition than any other are of dietetic practice, which appeals to students seeking a strong focus on clinical nutrition knowledge and skills. With the addition of our concentration in Community Outreach, students are also able to enhance their skills in leadership, interdisciplinary teamwork, and communication while participating in a community-based program.

Our concentration in Community Outreach builds upon several of ACEND's required core competencies, as well as the following concentration-specific competencies:

  • Identify a specific community need(s) involving food and nutrition, set the goals and objectives, and integrate all required parties to carry out the project or activity.
  • Execute and then assess the effectiveness and impact of the community-focused project or activity.

2015 – 2016 Community Outreach Projects

Community outreach projects and partners vary each year and depend upon current food and nutrition needs identified within our community. To read about the three projects completed by our students in 2015-16, view the posters below.

Community Supported Agriculture: What's In My Produce Box and How Do I Use It? - A partnership with Zenger Farm CSA

Integrating Nutrition in the Classroom: A Guide to Teaching Nutrition Education in Schools - A partnership with The Moore Institute

Combating Malnutrition Among Children with Disabilities in Twelve Countries: Development of Culturally Appropriate Texture-Modified Recipes - A partnership with the SPOON Foundation