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Continuing Professional Education for Dietetics Professionals

Select Readings and Resources for Continuing Professional Education for Dietetics Professionals as part of Food Solutions New England’s 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

Approved for 5 CPEs

The Food Solutions New England’s 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. Participation in the Challenge helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact the food system as we identify ways to dismantle racism and become better leaders for a more just, equitable food system.  Registered Dietitians, Nutritionists, and Diet Technicians are invited and encouraged to participate in the entire 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge for the full breadth and depth of the experience. Sign up here

However, for self-study documentation, the following select readings and resources have been chosen with the scope of dietetics practice in mind as a way to earn 5 CPE credits (approved by the Commission on Dietetics Registration).   Academy professionals may be aware of the connection between race and health disparities through their scope of practice. The goals of this self-study are to: 1) provide an opportunity for deeper explorations of the role of race and equity in our current food system, 2) facilitate the discernment of personal and professional strategies to thoughtfully and systematically promote greater racial equity and food justice, and 3) position professionals to identify a breadth and depth of timely resources on this topic. 

By using a variety of resources, nutrition professionals may expand their knowledge of reputable resources for timely data and discourse on race, equity, and food systems.  

To receive your CPE certificate, please review the readings and complete the self-study CPE questionnaire by May 31, 2019.  (The Challenge materials will remain posted indefinitely on the Food Solutions New England website.)  For any questions, please contact Michelle Fox at the University of New Hampshire’s Sustainability Institute michelle.fox@unh.edu.

Background Readings: How Racial Equity Intersects with our Food System
State of Racial Inequity and Impacts in Health and Access to our Food System
  • Usher, K. M. (2015). Valuing all knowledges through an expanded definition of access. Commentary on race and ethnicity in food systems. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 5(4), 109–114. http://dx.doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2015.054.018 

How Nutrition Professionals Can Engage with Networks and Support Greater Health and Racial Equity
Optional: Additional Supportive Resources of interest to Dietetics Professionals, Health Advocates, and Educators