Toolkit: 2018 Innovative Projects for Nutrition Programs and Services Part 1 & 2

In 2017, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) issued a funding opportunity for the Innovations in Nutrition Programs and Services grant. This grant aimed to support systematic testing and documentation of innovative & promising practices that would enhance the quality, effectiveness & proven outcomes of nutrition programs within the aging services network. From across the nation, a cohort of six grantees was selected to receive this funding.

The National Resource Center for Nutrition & Aging (NRCNA) hosted a two-part webinar – held on October 17 and October 24 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. EDT – where attendees had the opportunity to hear exciting information from each of these ACL grantees about their innovative nutrition projects currently in action across the country. Attendees also received guidance for how to potentially replicate these initiatives in their own communities, as well as hear about key lessons learned from implementing this work.

• Heard firsthand insights from a variety of senior nutrition programs about their experience with implementing innovative new services and efforts;
• Explored promising practices that can increase use of evidence-informed approaches within senior nutrition programs to enhance impact on client health and well-being; and,
• Gained an understanding of how senior nutrition programs of any size can adapt an innovative programming approach to meet their current operational and staffing needs.

Presenters & Topics:

Part 1

  • Technology Interventions to Improve Congregate & Home-Delivery Nutrition Programs for High-Risk Seniors – Lydia Kaume, PhD, RDN, Project Director & Consultant, Missouri Association of AAA
  • Bridging High Quality Malnutrition Screening, Assessment & Intervention for Older Adults from Hospital to Home – Susan Saffel-Shrier MS, RDN, CD, University of Utah
  • Addressing Oral Health and Effectiveness of Home-Delivered Meals in NYC – Kavita P. Ahluwalia, DDS, MPH, College of Dental Med, Columbia University

Part 2

  • Taking Charge of Diabetes – Vanesa Karamanian, MD, MPH, Director Nutrition and Active Living, Health Promotion Council
  • Linn County Iowa Innovations in Nutrition – Carlene Russell, MS, RDN, LDN, Iowa Department on Aging
  • Maryland’s Innovations in Nutrition Programs & Services – Judy R. Simon, MS, RD, LDN, Nutrition & Health Promotion Programs Manager, Maryland Department of Aging

Downloads and Webinar Recording

Slide Deck for Part 1

Audio Recording for Part 1

Slide Deck for Part 2

Audio Recording for Part 2

Key Resources