Oregon Nutrition Day 2021

Thanks for joining us!

We want to thank everyone who participated in the sixth annual, 2021 Oregon Nutrition Day, Diverse Nutrition for Diverse Communities.

This year, we heard from an inspiring group of leaders who are supporting the health and well-being of Black, Indigenous, Latinx and low-income communities. Speakers presented on programs, policies and food sovereignty initiatives that incorporate culturally affirming foods and practices that support the health of their communities. 

2021 Conference Resources:
Recipes  shared by participants
Resources and speaker contact information

Questions? Email us
*CPE credits from the Oregon Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will be sent out to participants.

Presenters (in speaking order), with presentation slides and recorded talks

Dr. Thornburg, Director, Moore Institute

Kent Thornburg, Ph.D., is the M. Lowell Edwards Chair and Director of the Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness at Oregon Health and Science University. He is also a Professor of Medicine and Director for the Center for Developmental Health in the Knight Cardiovascular Institute. Dr. Thornburg welcomed attendees and shared a message from the Moore Institute.

Dr. Thornburg made opening remarks

Dr. Stadler

Diane Stadler, Ph.D., RDN, LD, is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition at the OHSU School of Medicine. She is also the Director of Curriculum Development for the OHSU-Lao Nutrition Education and Research Partnership.

Dr. Stadler moderated the event and also gave a presentation. View the presentation slides and watch the recording of her presentation: "Yes, Our Students are Hungry" Promoting food security through a culturally affirming and welcoming student food resource center."

Co-director of Black Food Sovereignty Program

Charles Smith, M.S.W., is co-director of the Black Food Sovereignty Coalition (BFSC) in Portland. The BFSC is focused on food production, land access, and economic prosperity for members of the Black community. He also works with the Rockwood Community Development Corporation to coordinate Grandma's Hands, a program that engages Black families and community members in sharing cultural food traditions.

View the presentation slides and watch the recording of Charles Smith's and Vanessa Chambers' presentations: "Black Food Sovereignty Coalition & The Grandma's Hands Program - Elevating Black Food Sovereignty."
Note: includes opening remarks from Dr. Thornburg.

Community Health Worker, Rockwood CDC

Vanessa Chambers is a Community Health Worker at the Rockwood Community Development Corporation, where she serves African American families. She operates the Grandma's Hands community program, which is a platform for Black grandmothers to share family recipes and food traditions with future generations.

See above for presentation slides and video recording of Vanessa Chambers' and Charles Smith's co-presentation.

Registered Dietician

Valeria Mallett, RD, LD, CDCES, CEO and Clinician, Valeria Mallett Nutrition. Born and raised in Brazil, Ms Mallett has had a passion for food and nutrition since an early age. Valeria offers care to under-served populations and serves as an advocate for prevention and management of diabetes, in addition to diseases associated with obesity.

View the presentation slides and watch the recording of Valeria Mallett's presentation: "Latin American Family Health."

Public Health Nutritionist

Keynote Speaker:
Joel Gittelsohn, Ph.D.,
is a public health nutritionist and medical anthropologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Gittelsohn focuses on developing, implementing and evaluating community-based programs that work to prevent chronic diseases in disadvantaged ethnic minority populations. He is a Professor in the Center for Human Nutrition and the Global Obesity Prevention Center, Department of International Health.

View the presentation slides and watch the recording of Dr. Gittelsohn's presentation "Preventing Chronic Disease in Diverse Communities: Looking Back, Looking Forward."

Nora Frank-Buckner, MPH

Nora Frank-Buckner, M.P.H., is a Nez Perce Tribal Member and a Klamath Tribal Descendant. She began working for Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board in January 2015 and is the Chair of the Oregon Community Food Systems Network.  She is currently coordinating the efforts of the NW Tribal Food Sovereignty Coalition. The Coalition is an opportunity for tribes and tribal organizations to convene efforts that are driven by cultural revitalization, empowering communities and the use of innovative strategies to improve the health of the people.

View the presentation slides and watch the recording of Nora Frank-Buckner's presentation: "NW Tribal Food Sovereignty."