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 the state, 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. 

Area of Concentration

As a fundamental component of the mission and vision of OHSU and the Dietetic Internship Program, our area of concentration is Community Outreach. Our concentration in Community Outreach builds upon several of ACEND's required Professional Practice 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.

These learning objectives are incorporated throughout the Dietetic Internship curriculum. As part of a group, each intern selects a community outreach project related to food or nutrition that is of interest, writes a project proposal, and carries out the project. Project planning begins in the summer and continues through winter and spring quarters with project implementation, evaluation and presentation. 

2015 – 2016 Community Outreach Projects

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