From the Coordinating Center
NOPREN State-of-the-Science:
October 17th @ 12pm ET
*Note that date of this event has been changed from October 10th to October 17th*
New Developments in Research & Application of the HER Nutrition Guidelines for the Charitable Food System

Speakers: Marlene Schwartz, Maria Gombi-Vaca, Caitlin Caspi (University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity)

This presentation will offer updates on the work surrounding the HER Nutrition Guidelines for the Charitable Food System since its release in 2020. The discussion will include a recent validation study of the Guidelines and new tools for its application in the charitable food system.

Passcode: 610909
Meeting ID: 910 5393 6229
Work Group Meetings & Updates
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Information about upcoming Work Group meetings can be found here.
October's featured topics include:
USDA actions on nutrition security in early childhood
Early Childhood WG

Commercial determinants of health framework and measuring the Influence of the product environment on health
Healthy Food Retail WG

Technology-based behavioral strategies for rural communities
Rural Food Access WG

School food policy interpretations on public health outcomes
School Wellness WG

Impact of the WIC CVB increase
WIC Learning Collaborative

And more!
NOPREN Science Communication Series
October 26th @ 12:30pm ET

Communication Planning: Effective Use of Digital and Social Media for Engagement and Dissemination
Hosted by: The Drinking Water Work Group

NOPREN Digital ECE Subgroup Research Study
Call for Participants in Study on Technology in Early Care

Childcare providers have the opportunity to participate in an online survey about the use of digital technology in health education for children, provider training, and family engagement. Participants will be entered for a chance to win $100 prizes by October 2nd.

The NOPREN Early Childhood Work Group is interested in understanding how digital technology is leveraged in the early care and education setting for nutrition and active play provider training, educating children, and family engagement. They also want to explore the barriers and facilitators in using digital technology for nutrition and active play training, education, and family engagement. The results of this study will help to inform the development of digital solutions to support training, education, and family engagement within the context of nutrition and active play. Please circulate to your networks.
Who is eligible: You are eligible to participate if you’re an over eighteen adult, working at a state-licensed or registered child care facility in the US that is currently open, operational, and caring for children for pay. Ready to pitch in? Simply follow the link to the survey. It should only take 15 20 minutes. For questions contact principal investigator Lucine Francis, PhD, RN.
NOPREN HER Resource Digest
The weekly digest is a joint product of NOPREN and HER.

Please send any relevant resources to or click the following link for possible inclusion in a future digest.
The content in this digest are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position of CDC, DHHS, or HER.
Aschemann-Witzel, J. & Janssen, M. (2022). The role of policy actions to accelerate food consumer behaviour change. Agricultural and Food Economics 10(2).

Avorgbedor, F., McCoy, T.P., Wideman, L., Shriver, L. H., Buehler, C., & Leerkes, E.M. (2022). Racial disparities in neighborhood and socioeconomic disadvantage predict postpartum weight retention. AJPM Focus.

Berardy, A.J., Rubín-García, M. & Sabaté, J. (2022). A Scoping Review of the Environmental impacts and nutrient composition of plant-based milks. Advances in Nutrition, nmac098.

Brady, P.J., Askelson, N.M., Thompson, H., Kersten, S., & Hopkins, H. (2022). Meeting Older Adults' Food Needs: Interviews with Area Agency on Aging Staff, Food Bank Staff, and Older Adults. Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics.

Christensen, K.A., Hazzard, V.M., Richson, B.N., & Hagan, K.A. (2022). Measures used with populations with food insecurity: A call for increased psychometric validation. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 122(10).

Cohen, JFW, Polacsek, M, Hecht, CE, Hecht, K, Read, M, Olarte, DA, Patel, AI, Schwartz, MB, Turner, L, Zuercher, M, Gosliner, W, Ritchie, LD. (2022). Implementation of Universal School Meals during COVID-19 and beyond: Challenges and Benefits for School Meals Programs in Maine. Nutrients 14(19):4031. 

Garcia Varela, E., Zeldman, J., & Mobley, A.R. (2022). Community Stakeholders’ Perceptions on Barriers and Facilitators to Food Security of Families with Children under Three Years before and during COVID-19. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19(17):10642.

Gombi-Vaca, M.F., Xu, R., Schwartz, M., Battista Hesse, M., Martin, K., & Caspi, C.E. (2022) Validating a Nutrition Ranking System for Food Pantries Using the Healthy Eating Index-2015Nutrients 14(19):3899.

Houghtaling, B., Greene, M., Parab, K.V., & Singleton, C.R. (2022). Improving fruit and vegetable accessibility, purchasing, and consumption to advance nutrition security and health equity in the United States. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
Annals of the American Association of Geographers.

Kenney, E.L., Soto, M.J., Fubini, M., Carleton, A., Lee, M., & Bleich, S.N. (2022) Simplification of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Recertification Processes and Association With Uninterrupted Access to Benefits Among Participants With Young ChildrenJAMA Network Open 5(9):e2230150.

Perez, C.L., Moran, A., Headrick, G., McCarthy, J., Cradock, A.L., & Pollack Porter, (2021). State and local healthy kids' meal laws in the United States: A review and content analysis. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 122(10).

Poblacion, A., Ettinger de Cuba, S., &Cook, J. (2022). For 25 years, food security has included a nutrition domain: Is a new measure of food security needed? Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 122(10).

Thompson, H.R., Machado, S.S.;,Madsen, K.A., Cauchon-Robles, R.; Neelon, M., & Ritchie, L. (2022). Impact of a Teacher Intervention to Encourage Students to Eat School Lunch. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 19(18).11553.

Yosief, S.F., Abunimer, L., & Permashwar, V. (2022). Preference and Utilization of Food Resources by Refugee and Immigrant Populations. Pediatrics 149(1). Meeting Abstracts.

Essel, K. (2022). The First 1000 Days - A Missed Opportunity for Pediatricians. American Journal of Public Health.

Hamner, H.C., Nelson, J.M., Sharma, A.J., Jefferds, M.E.D., Dooyema, C., Flores-Ayala, R., Bremer, A.A., et al. (2022). Improving Nutrition in the First 1000 Days in the United States: A Federal Perspective. American Journal of Public Health.

Thomas, B. (2022). From Evidence to Action: Uniting Around Nutrition in the First 1000 Days. American Journal of Public Health.
Altarum Institute, Population Health Division - Project Manager (Food and Nutrition).

Chicago Food Policy Action Council - City of Chicago Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP) Specialist, deadline 10/02/22.

ChopChop Family, Inc. - Executive Director.

USDA - Program Analyst, deadline 10/3/22 or 100 applicants.

USDA - Supervisory Biological Science Specialist, deadline 9/30/22 or 200 applicants.

George Washington University - Associate/Professor of Exercise and Nutrition Services, deadline 10/17/22.

Illinois Public Health Institute - Multiple positions.

Milken Institute - Senior Associate, Feeding Change.

National Institutes of Health, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research - Multiple positions.
National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine - Program Officer, Food and Nutrition Board.

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science - Community Engagement Core Lead (Research Assistant Professor)

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science - Data Resource Core Lead (Research Assistant Professor)

Share Our Strength - Sr. Manager, Health Strategies.

Share our Strength - Sr. Manager, Policy.

University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources - Program Assistant 3.

University of Connecticut - Educational Program Assistant 2, deadline 10/7/22.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign - Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Science (SNAP-Ed), 10/17/22.

University of Iowa College of Public Health, Department of Community and Behavioral Health - Open Rank Tenure-Track or Tenured Faculty Position.

University of Minnesota, School of Nursing - Research Professional I for the Twin Cities Mobile Market.
American Heart Association - 2023 Established Investigator Award, deadline 10/12/22.

PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation - Barclay-Giel Seed Grants, deadline 11/03/22.

City of Providence Emergency Food Planning and Food Security Prioritization Process - Request for Proposals, deadline 10/24/22.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health, deadline 10/5/22.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Health Policy Fellows, deadline 11/07/22.

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: Global Food Research Program - Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity: Application Opens for 2023 Fellowships, deadline 11/15/22.
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This digest is jointly supported by Healthy Eating Research (HER) and the Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN). HER is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; NOPREN is supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 5U48DP00498-05 funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity and Prevention Research Centers Program. The findings and conclusions in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position of HER, CDC, or DHHS