Nutrition Leadership Network 2018
In April 2018, seven UC Berkeley Maternal Child Health Nutrition trainees traveled to Southern California to participate in the annual Western Maternal Child Health Nutrition Leadership Network (NLN) meeting. The network brings together public health nutrition leaders, University partners and trainees from the 13 states west of the Rockies, including Hawaii and Alaska. The purpose of the NLN is to provide leadership training, support, technical assistance and opportunities for collaborative learning so that the practice of public health nutrition is strengthened across the western states. During this meeting, attendees learned about ways to leverage partnerships and scale up interventions to enhance obesity and nutrition related policies. They also learned valuable negotiation skills. Speakers included the Nutrition Policy Institute’s, Lorrene Ritchie, Jessie Jones Smith from the University of Washington and Angie Tagtow, the Former Executive Director of the Center for Nutrition Policy and Programs, United States Department of Agriculture.
Making Lifelong Connections Conference 2018
In April 2018, two Maternal Child Health Nutrition trainees from the PHN program traveled to Tampa, Florida to participate in the Making Lifelong Connections conference, which brings together current and former trainees from all of the Maternal Child Health Bureau funded training programs. While there, the students participated in interactive leadership activities and learned more about the research being conducted by other trainees across the country. Chris Chau, a Doctorate of Public Health student and MCH trainee got the opportunity to present his research on sugar-sweetened beverage intake and obesity among adolescent girls. First year PHN student, Katie Berns also got the opportunity to facilitate a group workshop for other trainees.