The Alumni of the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition, many of whom serve as preceptors, generously give their time and expertise to mentor students enrolled in our programs. Many of our alumni are employed as clinical dietitians, work in community and public health, or in private practice. Our alumni also serve on advisory boards & committees and others serve as lecturers for our Monday courses.
Sabaidee! Hello from Vientiane, Lao PDR! My name is Joanna (Helm) Cummings, MS RD. I am a graduate of OHSU where I received my masters in Clinical Nutrition and completed the dietetic internship. Currently, I am living and working in Lao PDR (Laos) in Southeast Asia as part of OHSU's Global Health program. I am the Coordinator and Instructor for the Lao-American Nutrition Institute (LANI). LANI is a collaboration between the U.S. Government, Lao Government and OHSU. We are in the process of building a brand new campus with classrooms, a lecture hall, outpatient and inpatient clinical assessment and intervention areas, and a clinical laboratory.
The campus will also include a teaching/demonstration kitchen and café in order to feature innovative food products and to display the research efforts that are being studied; outdoor training facilities to simulate typical rural home environments in order to evaluate innovative and adaptive food preparation techniques and storage methods; and a community-based demonstration garden to display and test "garden-to-family" sustainable agriculture methods, hygienic animal husbandry practices, and health-promoting environmental initiatives. I am honored to be teaching the first dietitians in Lao PDR! Our goal is to help prevent malnutrition, stunting and wasting of the children in Lao (currently among the highest rates in the world) and promote health and well-being throughout Lao.