Focus on Nutrition Consortium
The Moore Institute Nutrition Consortium brings together nutrition-oriented groups around the state to share knowledge and resources, find methods for collaboration and use our collective voices to improve maternal and infant nutrition in Oregon. Thus far, the Nutrition Consortium has hosted forums in Portland, Corvallis, Medford and LaGrande, with the most recent one in Bend last month.
Each forum is planned in conjunction with a local organization. In this way, the Moore Institute can learn about the local community and organizations that are already working to improve nutrition. In Bend, the Nutrition Consortium collaborated with the Central Oregon Research Coalition (CORC), a community-university partnership designed to support research best practices in Central Oregon for optimized health outcomes. With their help, we hosted more than 70 community members who work in public health, education, health care and food and nutrition programs. They also introduced us to the High Dessert Food and Farm Alliance, a group working toward developing a community-based food system in Central Oregon to increase access to fresh, healthy food that gave a presentation on their local work.
Each forum offers an introduction to the concepts of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), presentations from local groups and opportunities for networking. The goal of the forum is not only to integrate DOHaD into current community work, but also to help build connections within the community and with the Moore Institute to inspire future projects addressing the nutritional needs of communities.
The Nutrition Consortium is chaired by Joanne Rogovoy, the State Director for Program Services and Government Affairs at the March of Dimes, Greater Oregon Chapter. Under her leadership, she plans to utilize the forums to provide an opportunity for the Moore Institute to complement the work already being done in Oregon communities and to increase knowledge of the multigenerational effects of nutrition on population health.
If you know of a community that would be a great fit for a future Nutrition Consortium forum, drop us an email to let us know!