Nutrition Education for Health Care Professionals

One of the four founding principles of the Moore Institute is to provide education through professional training and community outreach. The Nutrition Education for Health Care Professionals Committee will facilitate the integration of nutrition education, including the key concept of the effect of early nutrition on adult disease, for health care professionals throughout the greater OHSU community.

Short-term goals:

  • "Map" the nutrition curriculum to identify where nutrition is taught within the university curriculum and to link specific concepts to program goals and student learning objectives
  • Determine if educational opportunities are sufficient to promote competence in fundamental nutrition knowledge and nutritional interventions/counseling skills to promote healthful behavior change
  • Use innovative, step-wise strategies to integrate nutrition education within and across the curriculum and into practice
  • Promote nutrition education as the platform to launch the collaborative OHSU inter-professional education initiative
  • Evaluate the ability of health care providers trained at OHSU to efficiently and effectively transfer nutrition assessment and behavior change strategies from the classroom into practice to enhance health and wellness

Long-term goal:

Offer a robust, fully integrated nutrition assessment and education training program within and across the OHSU curriculum for all health care professionals so that healthy, nutrient-rich, whole-food diets are promoted and accepted early in life, before conception, during pregnancy and lactation, through infancy, childhood, and adolescence and into adulthood.

Progress to date:

  • Initiated a preliminary curriculum map of nutrition education options across the OHSU curriculum
  • Participated in the discussion to create a common (single) academic calendar to facilitate inter-professional education
  • Attended the School of Medicine M.D. Curriculum Transformation retreat and promoted the incorporation of an integrated nutrition curriculum
  • Started the revision of the Metabolism Lecture Series, including 12 hours of nutrition topics, for 2nd year medical students to include patient-centered counseling to follow healthy, nutrient-rich, whole-food diets with a focus on the Fetal Origins Concept
  • Developed an interdisciplinary Nutrition & Oral Health Seminar Series that was piloted during the Fall Term, 2012 with students and faculty from the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition and the School of Dentistry
  • Invited the greater OHSU health care community to participate in a series of discussions on the PLoS Medicine series on "Big Food" to stimulate debate on the influence of the food industry in global health and how public health professionals may respond
  • Contributed to the design and curriculum development for the Moore Institute pilot research projects: The PEN project (Goldberg) and Maternal Dietary Intervention to ADHD (Nigg)