DIFM Diversity


A warm welcome from your Diversity Chair, Rita Batheja, MS RDN CDN FAND and past Diversity Chair, Denine Rogers, RDN, FAND 


Some of the Indian Dietetic Assoc ( IDA ) Leadership W Academy Leadership.Pat Babjak, (CEO) Lucille Beseler, ( President ) Donna Martin ( president Elect). Christine Kristie (VP Sponsorship) & Judy Rodriguez ( Academy past president & ICDA board member & Country representative.)


Rita with Jessica Pearl, Diversity Committee member


ICD2016 Conf in Granada Spain. Diversity w/ Rosa Hand, Academy Director, Dietetics Practice Based Research Network ( DPBRN ) Research, International, and Scientific Affairs


Rita Batheja with Tatyana El Kour from Middle East, Diversity Committee member

Diversity is one of the four strategic plans of the Academy. DIFM is a progressive DPG! We are the only Academy DPG who has created a Diversity Chair/Co-Chair position. We are honored to be appointed and thank DIFM leadership for the opportunity.

Lilliane Smothers is the Senior Manager of Membership and Diversity who coordinates the Academy’s Diversity Leadership two-year program. Please visit eatright.org for more information if you are interested in this fantastic program. Diversity committee members are appointed by the Speaker Elect.

The Academy currently has 10 Member Interest Groups (MIG). MIGs were formerly known as Ethnic Networking Groups. All MIG leaders have face to face meetings with Academy leadership, including Professional Engagement Lifelong Learning staff, and the Director and Senior Managers of other affiliate MIGs. All MIGs host their own reception together on Monday evening before the Foundation Gala at FNCE from 5 pm to 6:30 pm.

nashville2014FNCE MIG Reception, Atlanta, 2014

fnce2015FNCE MIG Reception, Nashville, 2015


FNCE Joint MIG reception, Boston 2016.

Member Interest Groups (MIGs)

Any academy member can join a MIG. MIGs are invaluable and very inexpensive to join. Do not shy away from the name Asian Indian MIG, as all members are not only of Asian Indian origin. The AIND MIG, DIFM DPG, and VN DPGs all share similar philosophies. MIGs and DPGs collaborate with each other for the benefit of all members.

In today’s times we all need to come together to achieve our goals and live our mission. AIND MIG encourages both domestic and international members to join the Academy and the MIGs and DPGs of their choice. We embrace a diverse membership at DIFM, and encourage you to share your expertise.

Grants & Awards

Below are Grant and Award opportunities available for the benefit of every healthcare professional.  Note: Academy membership is not required to apply for these two awards.

First International Nutritionist/Dietitian Fellowship for Study in the USA! This $2,200 award assists foreign nationals who are pursuing postgraduate work in the United States and have a clearly articulated plan to return to their country. The application deadline is February 1, 2017. Click here to learn more.

The Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Fund for International Exchange in Nutrition, Dietetics and Management provides up to two $1,100 awards for essays describing new approaches, including the application of technology, to feed the hungry by maximizing underutilized food resources or through a fresh produce program reducing food wastage. The deadline to submit essays is February 1, 2017Email Amy Donatell or click here for more information.

The following list includes the topic and winning essay(s) for each year. Several of the essays cover more than one topic. Each country has the possibility of adapting the ideas outlined in the projects to its needs. You can read all of the winning essays by clicking here.

Describe innovative global inter-professional teamwork by communicating effective roles and values of a dietitian/nutritionist as a member of the inter-professional healthcare team worldwide.
Erin Bergquist, MPH, RD, CNSC, LD
Establishing an International Community Nutrition Partnership
Jennifer Brewer, RDN
Dig In! Improving Nutrition in Developing Countries Through Home and Community Gardens

Describe innovative ways or an example of how to communicate the latest research or practice procedures in the field of nutrition, dietetics, and/or food service management. Examples could include: social media messaging (email, blogs, chat-rooms, Facebook pages, etc), distance learning programs as well as approaches that do not require the use of electronic devices.
Prajakta Khare-Ranade MSc, RD, LD
International Diabetes Education Program: A simplified Distance Education Program Focused at Training Diabetes Educators in Rural India
Beatriz Dykes, PhD, RDN, LD, FADA, FAND
Beyond Borders: A Vision on Dietetics Education, Credentials, and Practice

Describe an original approach for the dissemination of nutrition, dietetic, and/or management information to an underserved area in the world community. Examples could include: social media messaging (email, blogs, chat-rooms, Facebook pages, etc), distance learning programs as well as approaches that do not require the use of electronic devises.
Kristine Rose Caiafa, RD
Experience as Education: Participatory Research as a Means for Transferring Nutrition Knowledge To Youth and Community in Freetown, Sierra Leone
Dixie Havlak, RD
Mobile Health Education Kits in Rural Nicaragua
Terezie Tolar Mosby, EdD, RDN, IBCLC
Development and Testing of Educational Tool for Low Literacy caregivers of Children with Cancer Teaching About Food Safety

Describe a food and nutrition system improvement coordinated with an allied partner to work toward raising the nutritional standards of a community. Examples could include (but are not limited to): foodservice, teaching or public instructions. The project described should be easily adaptable to a variety of situations.
Nireshnee Reddy, BS
The Health Promoting Schools Essay Writing Project on “How Do I Use Nutrition to Make My School a Health Promoting School” – collaboration between government and private sector targeting communities faced with poor socioeconomic conditions.
Kudakwashe Chimanya, MPH, MS, RD
Improving Nutrition Status in Zimbabwe: A Call to Action

Describe the application of innovative technologies (example solar or telehealth tools), policies or interventions to raise the nutritional health of a community. The project described should be easily adaptable to a variety of situations. The author must be a professional dietitian or nutritionist and must be involved in the actual project.
Peggy Lynn Gregson, MPH, RD, LD
The Implication of Pilot Solar Technology Projects in El Salvador
Terezie Tolar Mosby, MS, RD, LDN
Training Program for International Dietitians, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee

Describe a plan to create a regional nutrition or dietetic association preferably in a developing country or countries or describing an effective mass feeding program for special groups such as the elderly, malnourished or disaster victims in a developing country. The project described should be easily adaptable to a variety of situations.
Penny E. McConnell, MS, RD, SNS
Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF) Country Planning Process for Sustainable School Feeding Programs
Diane D. Stadler, PhD, RD
Growth Assessment and Nutritional Intervention among High-Risk Children in Rural Honduras: Partnerships among OHSU, Medical Teams International, and PREDISAN

Describe an existing regional collaboration or partnership between at least two countries preferably from developing nations. The project must raise the nutritional health such as practices, education or awareness of the population served. The author, a professional dietitian or nutritionist, must be involved in the actual project. The collaboration described in the project should be easily adaptable to a variety of situations.
Patricia Thompson MS, RdN, SNS
Developing and Sustaining School Breakfast Programs in Jamaica

Describe a new methodology and or technology used to transmit nutrition education or to alleviate food insecurity through sustainable agriculture.
Rosanna Agble
The Ghana Experience: Given the Opportunity, Communities can Improve on their Lives

Describe ADA as the link to global nutrition.
Not Awarded

Describe innovative ideas to improve the nutritional health of the population, or a segment of the population such as the elderly, preferably in a developing country through an income generating project or projects.
Prisca N. Nemapare, PhD, CNS
Helping Restore Livelihoods and Build Self Confidence through Sustainable Strengthening of Resource Base of Caregivers in Their Struggle to Improve the Well-Being of Orphans in Zimbabwe
Barbara L. Jendrysik, MS
Incorporating Nutrition Education, An Affordable, Nutritious and Convenient Weaning Food And Income Generation Into an Infant Feeding Project in New Delhi, India

Describe a resourceful educational food, nutrition or dietetic exchange program or study tour with an institution or organization of a foreign country.
Carolyn M. Bednar, PhD, RD, LD
Mexican/American Exchange for Cross-Cultural Nutrition Education
Sunny Ham, PhD, MS
An International Partnership Between the Yellow Window Association in Korea and the Mongolian University in Mongolia: From the Initiation to the Expansion of School Foodservice Programs in Mongolia

Describe a new and innovative approach to solving nutritional problems in a developing country through creating policies, outcomes research or original fund raising activities.
Varsha, PhD, RD
Partnerships in Action: Medical-Nutrition Synergism for Clinical Nutrition/Dietetic Practice and Nutrition Education in the Indian Subcontinent

Describe an innovative international team approach to solve a nutritional problem in neighboring countries. The essay must describe the applicant’s professional involvement in a program across national borders, preferably in a developing country.
Mary Cocke Read, RD, LDN
What are the Typical Dietary Patterns in Aleppo, Syria? A Collaboration

Describe an international partnership to advance the nutritional well-being of a specific population. The essay must describe the applicant’s professional involvement in a program to raise the nutritional standard of a particular population group such as the elderly, children or those living with HIV or AIDS.
Christine Lindell Detweiler, MPH, RD
Baby Weighings and Village Folklore Groups: Mobilizing communities to improve the nutritional health of infants and young children in rural Benin, West Africa

Describe a program to eliminate food waste in a city or cities, which would then benefit the hungry directly.
John Krakowski, MA, RD, CDN
Food Rescue: A Safe Place at the Table

Describe an existing resourceful consumer education program done in collaboration with an organization, institution or the media to benefit a large segment of the population in a developing country.
Stacia M. Nordin, RD
Improving Nutrition Through Permaculture in Malawi

Describe an innovative interdisciplinary team approach, in cooperation with health, social or management professionals to solve nutritional problems in a developing country.
Jennifer Shaw, MPH, RD
Chronic Disease: The New Face of Poverty in Chile
Teresa M. Kemmer, MS, RD, Major, USA
Field Surveys to Assess the Nutritional Status of Burmese Refugees in Thailand: Basis for Recommendations for Humanitarian Programs

Describe an innovative private industry project that enhances the nutritional well-being of a developing country.
Sal J. Attanasio, RD, LD
FoodLinks: Promoting More Equitable, Sustainable Trade Between North and South (For the purposes of this paper, the term “North” refers to highly-developed/industrialized countries; the term “South” refers to less-developed/industrialized countries)

Describe a new (preferably established within the past two years) or proposed project by a professional nutritionist or dietitian in cooperation with one or more international, national or local government agencies that works to alleviate hunger or enhance the nutritional well-being of a developing country.
Bernadette Lucas, MS, RD
Amesbury for Africa and Esabalu Self Help Group: Sister Villages Ending Hunger Through Local Partnerships

Describe a specific, well-organized, innovative, international distance teaching program for nutrition or dietetics professionals, preferably with a developing country.
Ninfa Saturnino Springer, PhD, RD, FADA
Clinical Computer-Assisted Simulation Exercise (CCASE) as a Strategy for Distance Learning in the Philippines

Describe a specific nutrition project that benefits the world community through global linkage of dietitians in the same practice area.
William D. Evers, PhD, RD
Linking the World’s Nutrition Educators Via Cyberspace
Amanda Frye, MS, RD
Nutri-Net: Proposed use of a geographic information system (GIS) to link dietitians

Describe the benefits and potential input of a nutrition program (proposed or existing) through an international alliance with the American Dietetic Association or the International Committee of Dietetic Associations.
Judith A. Beto, PhD, RD
Beneficial Nutrition Program Through International Alliance (Nutrition Foundation of India) with ADA or ICDA

Propose or describe an existing program to combat world hunger in developing countries.
Barbara N. Benson, MS, RD
Fish Farming Project in Tanzania: Women’s Involvement as Key to Alleviating Hunger

Diversity Promotion Grant
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Diversity Promotion Grant provides up to a $10,000 grant to support diversity recruitment and retention projects by dietetics education programs accredited/approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), dietetic practice groups, Academy affiliates and member interest groups. The Diversity Promotion Grant is awarded on even years.

Diversity Action Award
A $1,000 award will be given to a dietetics educational program accredited/approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), Academy Affiliate, dietetic practice group, member interest group or other recognized Academy group in recognition of past accomplishments to successfully recruit and retain diverse individuals.

The Diversity Action Award and Diversity Promotion Grant applications are now being accepted online at
www.eatrightPRO.org/diversityApplications are due by March 1st. 


Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim International Lectures

The Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Fund for International Exchange in Nutrition, Dietetics and Management has established an annual international lecture at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE). The focus of the lecture is to raise the nutritional health of the world community by highlighting original international projects in food and nutrition, dietetic education, research and foodservice management.

The Changing Face of Nutrition & Evolution of Dietetics in Asia
Presented by: Winnie Chee, PhD, MSc; President of the Malaysian Dietitians Association
Dr. Chee is the President of the Malaysian Dietitians Association, Secretary of the Asian Federation of Dietitians, and Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences/Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics at the International Medical University, Malaysia. Additionally, she holds a conjoint faculty position with the School of Health Sciences, University of Newcastle, Australia since 2012. Previously, Dr. Chee served as faculty as National University of Malaysia for 12 years before joining her current university.
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“Global Dietetic Alliances-the European Experience”
Presented by: Anne De Looy, PhD; Honorary President of the European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD)
Dr. Anne de Looy, Honorary President of the European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD), shares best practices from the European Union funded Thematic Network for Dietitians known as ”Dietitians Improving Education and Training Standards in Europe” (or DIETS for short). This network links 95 Partner institutions together across 31 countries in Europe. Walk away from this impactful session with key insights to forming multidisciplinary alliances in your own practice setting.
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“Integrating Nutrition into Healthcare Systems: A Collaborative International Approach”
Presented by: Bernadette Lucas, MS, RD; Program Coordinator, North Shore Community College
Terezie Tolar Mosby, EdD, RDN, IBCLC; Program Director at the Tennessee Technological University
Kristine Caiafa, RD; Pediatric Dietitian, University Hospital
Amie Heap, MPH, RD; Senior Nutrition Advisor – Bureau of Global Health – Office of HIV/AIDS – U.S. Agency for International Development
This dynamic session showcases three unique international nutrition projects, highlighting the successful Sister Village project and key impacts to the regions of Guatemala and Sierre Leone. Next, you will hear from an RD with USAID regarding the many sources of U.S. food and nutrition aid programs to Africa and the need for a greater presence of nutrition into health care. Then learn about an exciting new Academy collaboration to integrate nutrition competencies and education into the training of healthcare providers on an international level.
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“Loans and Funding for Dietitians in Developing Countries”
Presented by: Boitshepo (Bibi) Giyose; Senior Advisor Food and Nutrition Security at NEPAD Agency
Boitshepo Giyose, Senior Advisor of Food and Nutrition Security at African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AU/NEPAD) and recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award from Appalachian State University, provided insights into how to fund nutrition care in developing countries. Ms. Giyose discussed the many challenges of food and nutrition in developing countries such as the limited access of food, clean water and health services. Practical applications of innovative, creative and feasible solutions were presented.
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“International Employment Opportunities for RDs”
Presented by: Helena Pachón, PhD, MPH; Senior Nutrition Scientist /Research Associate Professor, Food Fortification Initiative at Emory University
Jenny Bond, PhD, RD, FADA; Acting Director of Women and International Development and Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Douglas Balentine, PhD; Director Nutrition Science at Unilever
This session explored opportunities in a variety of international employment sectors. The panelists will discussed opportunities for international development work for dietitians and nutritionists as well as the range of opportunities for registered dietitians from the public and private sectors. The Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim International Lecture was established to raise the nutritional health of the world community by highlighting original international projects in food and nutrition, dietetic education, research and foodservice management.
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“From Global to Local: Opportunities and Challenges Utilizing Programming Science”
Frances R. Davidson, PhD, MSc (USA); Health Science Specialist, Global Health Bureau, U.S. Agency for International Development
A wealth of scientific knowledge exists on the pivotal role nutrition plays in human and social development. However, prevention of nutrition deficiencies to improve health and well being in diverse populations has not been a global priority. Key factors in ensuring malnutrition programs have higher visibility, increased resources and policy impact internationally are not dissimilar to those of domestic programs. Translating scientific information and program experience into policies to improve nutrition is a challenging area that global and domestic implementers share. Frances R. Davidson PhD MSc is a global leader in maternal and child health nutrition, Davidson has spent the past 20 years improving the health of the world community. Dr. Davidson is a Health Science Specialist in the Global Health Bureau at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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“Addressing Global Malnutrition”
Ricardo Uauy, PhD, MD (Chile); President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences IUNS (2006-10)
Dr. Uauy is one of the most distinguished scientists in international nutrition today. He is a highly respected advisor to the United Nations, World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization and has been the recipient of many International Awards. He is the President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences IUNS (2006-10). He has edited/co-edited 8 books and published over 200 original scientific publications.
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International Resources

In 2015, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation received a donation to develop an international nutrition education pilot project to support the efforts of health educators across the globe. The goal of this pilot project is to provide an open-access collection of relevant and effective nutrition education materials for use in Central America. This region was chosen for the pilot project because it is small in size and registered dietitian nutritionists with experience teaching nutrition in Central America were readily accessible to help guide the content of the project.

The Academy will continue to expand its resources for international nutrition education. You can help enhance it by sharing your feedback about the Academy’s new international nutrition education resources.

How the Academy Developed Educational Materials for this Pilot Project

A survey to solicit input on nutrition issues in Central America was developed and sent to Academy members and health, professional and nongovernmental organizations across the world. This survey also gathered information on the preferred format of nutrition education materials and effective teaching strategies and allowed respondents to upload examples of nutrition education materials they had created and used internationally. Survey respondents who indicated experience teaching nutrition in Central America were contacted for telephone interviews to gather more information. The Academy thanks these individuals for taking the time to share their experience to inform the development of valuable resources for use by a variety of health professionals.

Academy Pilot Project Acknowledgment:

This international nutrition education pilot project was supported by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation’s WIMPFHEIMER -GUGGENHEIM Fund for INTERNATIONAL Exchange in Nutrition, Dietetics and Management.

This pilot project would not have been possible without the volunteer content expertise of Academy members Dixie Havlak, RD, Diane Stadler, PhD, RD, LD and Laurie Sauerwine, MS, MScPH, RD.