Nutrition Policy Institute researchers present at the UC ANR Statewide Conference in support of the 2025-2040 strategic visioning process

Apr 16, 2023

The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources is calling academics, UC ANR staff, and students to attend the kickoff of their 2025-2040 strategic visioning process at the UC ANR Statewide Conference on April 24-27, 2023 in Fresno, California. Topics of the conference include: healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities, and healthy Californians. Nutrition Policy Institute researchers will attend the conference to share current challenges, best practices, and future opportunities pertaining to healthy food access and nutrition policy in California and nationally. NPI team members will also lead sessions on professional development and best research practices. In addition to presenting, NPI will have an interactive table in the UC ANR Resources Room where NPI team members can answer attendees' questions about NPI and the CalFresh Health Living Evaluation Unit. A list of the poster presentations and sessions led by NPI researchers is found below.

Community Nutrition

  • Sharing Successes and Collaborations in Community Nutrition and Health 
    Session: Measuring outcomes of CalFresh Healthy Living: Collaborating to enhance evaluation rigor and apply an equity framework
    Presenters: Kaela Plank, Miranda Westfall, and Barbara MkNelly
    Monday, April 24, 2023, 11:00 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Drinking Water

  • Enabling Consumption of Water: the Example of Schools
    Session: What's New in the World of Water?
    Presenter: Christina Hecht
    Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Nutrition Security

  • Research to Inform Policy: Nutrition Security and Health Equity
    Session: Food Systems: Healthy Planet, Healthy People
    Presenter: Lorrene Ritchie
    Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 8:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.

Professional Development and Research Skills

  • Wheel of your Career
    Session: Food Systems: Healthy Planet, Healthy People
    Presenter: Danielle Lee
    Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

  • From Science to Action: Tools and Techniques for Fact-Based Civic Engagement
    Session: Strengthening Participatory Extension Approaches
    Presenter: Christina Hecht
    Thursday, April 27, 2023, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

School Food

  • Universal School Meals in California: Challenges and Benefits Reported by Foodservice Directors and Parents
    Poster: M-55
    Presenter: Lorrene Ritchie
    Monday, April 24, 2023, 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

  • Method for Evaluating Food Packaging Waste in Schools: Waste Audit for Sustainable Transitions and Evaluations (WASTE)
    Poster:  T-30
    Presenter: Danielle Lee
    Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

  • Highlighting the impact of multi-state research-to-policy efforts during COVID-19: understanding perspectives and utilization of WIC adaptations in California and beyond
    Poster: M-64
    Presenter: Lorrene Ritchie, Danielle Lee, and Marisa Tsai
    Monday, April 24, 2023, 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.


By Katherine Lanca
Author - Graduate Student
By Danielle L. Lee
Editor - Director of Communications & Research Engagement
By Lorrene Ritchie
Editor - Director of the Nutrition Policy Institute and Cooperative Extension Nutrition Specialist