FNCE 2021







Diversity Stipend Winner 2021-2022

Nency R Patel
is a BS Nutrition student from South Asia currently living in Norwalk, California.  This stipend will help her become an Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy based RDN in her South Asian community, which is in Western India. This award will fund travel and activities in the Community Nutrition class which requires her to go to elementary and middle schools in Pomona (a community with low-income Hispanics) to provide nutrition education.  She will use it for her community education project and to pay part of her internship applications.

Diversity Stipend Winner 2021-2022

Katherine Hinojosa
a Dietetic Intern student who is interested in sports nutrition, principally Latinx athletes. She is from Bolivia, and currently lives in River Grove, Illinois. She plans to use this award to promote Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy, share a space and form a community with Latinx individuals that need support and guidance to use nutrition as an important component of integrative and functional medicine.
Diversity Stipend Winner 2021-2022

Sheetal Parikh, MSC BSC RDN
a professional specialist in plant-based nutrition and integrative and functional nutrition, highly involved with her patients and clients that are from the Indian Community and live in the USA. This award will help her to financially build the resources and education material for this community, conduct free sessions with the needy and spread the adherence to a healthy lifestyle. She currently lives in Apopka, Florida.

 

Diversity Stipend Winner 2021-2022 

Jamika Smith, MPH
is currently a student and Dietetic Intern with Andrews University pursuing a MS in Nutrition and Wellness. She plans to continue her education with a PhD in Nutrition in Loma Linda University. Already with a MPH in Environmental Health, and President of the local dietetic association, Jamika is passionate to bring plant-based nutrition principles to rural health education efforts and academic settings. She lives in Columbus, Georgia.




2020 Diversity Winner UPDATE


Demetria Cox-Thomas, MS
2020 Diversity Stipend Award
Student Winner
I finished my MS program in May and started my internship with Garden to Table this summer. Still working as Community Garden Manager at Southminster as well. I did get to use my stipend to purchase & complete DIFM's certificate of training. It has inspired me to learn more & get the credentials needed to practice IFM. I really appreciate DIFM for providing the opportunity so I could explore my interests as a RD2Be.




2020 Diversity Winner UPDATE


Malu Trehan, RDN, MPH

2020 Diversity Stipend Award
Professional Winner
I am in the process of creating a South Asian based group diabetes prevention program. Meanwhile, I began teaching with the HALT program at Kaiser Dublin (Health Achieved through Lifestyle Transformation)! Several South Asian patients participate in this class. HALT is a diabetes intervention program for patients with HgA1c of 8.0 or higher and is a 20-week whole foods plant based dietary intervention.
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