It’s important for the Academy to build upon the good work that is already in place to accelerate all our efforts. Each of the three projects listed below has alignment potential with important work within the Academy in the policy, research, education and reimbursement areas, as well our participation in the global nutrition conversation with Academy colleagues at the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations and the European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians.
The Foundation, through fundraising and grant making — along with Academy resources and external grants — will help secure support for these approved initiatives:
- Lifestyle First Program is a U.S.-based initiative that advocates for nutrition and lifestyle therapy as the standard first-line treatment to prevent and manage chronic diseases, delivered by credentialed food and nutrition practitioners.
- Nutrition in Population Health is a grant program that supports research, training and demonstration projects to improve preventive behaviors in specific communities or locations. The program will support “Population Health Leaders” in promoting positive change within the U.S. health system through fundamental food, nutrition and lifestyle prevention strategies at the population level.
- Global Nutrition Collaborative will build an international coalition of leading food, nutrition and health organizations, dietetics associations and individuals to expand and empower the global food and nutrition workforce. The goal of the collaborative is to accelerate progress in tackling some of the greatest food and nutrition challenges of this century.
Malnutrition Clinical Characteristics Study
This research study will determine the predictive validity and inter-rater reliability of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition’s Malnutrition Clinical Characteristics diagnostic tool for hospitalized pediatric and adult patients, relative to a portfolio of relevant health-related outcomes. Additionally, this project will fund two fellows to support the study.
Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Adult Malnutrition Fellowship
Through the support of the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the Foundation is funding an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics member RDN fellow to participate full-time in a one-year project in collaboration with the Academy’s Research, International, and Scientific Affairs (RISA) team to validate the Malnutrition Clinical Characteristics for adult acute care inpatients and develop a gold standard for inpatient dietitian staffing.
Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group Malnutrition Fellowship
Through the support of the Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group, the Foundation is funding an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics member RDN fellow to support the Malnutrition Clinical Characteristics Validation Study. This position will be filled with a member of the Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group to participate full-time in a two-year project in collaboration with the Academy’s Research, International, and Scientific Affairs (RISA) team to validate the Malnutrition Clinical Characteristics for pediatric acute care inpatients and develop a gold standard for inpatient dietitian staffing. The fellow will work closely with the primary investigators to accomplish the goals of the project.
Transitions of Care Technical Implementation Guide
A technical guidance manual for health IT vendors (including electronic health records) will ensure that nutrition intervention records are designed and implemented using eNCPT and mandated clinical terminology.
Addressing Malnutrition in Central America Fellowship
In collaboration with the Duke Center for International Development, the Foundation is supporting a fellow to serve as the co-primary investigator on this important year-long project to address chronic malnutrition in Central America. The Foundation fellow will conduct a mapping of existing interventions and an assessment of needed next steps.
Applied Global Nutrition Research Fellowship
This fellowship includes a year-long applied nutrition research fellowship with the Maya Health Alliance/Wuqu’ Kawoq. The fellow will oversee the implementation research and quality improvement aspects of a unique garden research project currently taking place and lead on the data analysis and dissemination for the implementation research aspect of the project.
Second Century Scholarship in Memory of Constance Geiger
Three $10,000 Second Century Scholarships will be awarded in 2018 in memory of past Foundation Board member and longtime donor Constance Geiger, PhD, RDN, LD, CD. Preference will be given to a PhD student with an interest in global or regulatory research, a focus area of Second Century efforts to which Constance Geiger dedicated much of her time.