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AoE inovation + talent - sherry sidick

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Peer Mentorship Program to Promote Diversity within the Field of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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AoE inovation + talent - sherry sidick

  1. 1. Peer Mentorship Program to Promote Diversity within the Field of Nutrition and Dietetics
  2. 2. The Problem • Shortage of culturally diverse Registered Dietitians and professionals in the community. • Need to educate the community towards prevention of chronic diseases. • The challenge that we face, is helping our students by educating them to be more culturally aware and sensitive to the needs. • Students with culture diverse backgrounds may not have all the resources available to obtain a DI Program successfully. 91% 2% 5% 2% Other/White Hispanic Asian African-American Diversity of US Registered Dietitians
  3. 3. The Solution THE PEER MENTORING PROGRAM WAS DEVELOPED IN 2010 BY ANNETTE BESNILIAN, MPH, RD AND APRIL GOLDENBERG, MS, RD. THE PROGRAM ALLOWS CURRENT DIETETIC INTERNS TO SERVE AS MENTORS FOR STUDENTS APPLYING TO DIETETIC INTERNSHIPS. STUDENTS ARE PAIRED UP WITH A MENTOR WHO PROVIDES ONE- ON-ONE GUIDANCE THROUGH THE DIETETIC INTERNSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS. To increase diversity in dietetics by guiding culturally diverse dietetic students. Our Goal
  4. 4. Starting Out CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY NORTHRIDGE (CSUN) WAS AWARDED THE DIVERSITY PROMOTION GRANT IN JUNE 2010. MENTORSHIP PROGRAM: CSUN DI/NEVHC WIC PROGRAM STAFF AND DIETETIC INTERNS ARE TRAINED IN CULTURAL DIVERSITY.
  5. 5. Getting Creative Creativity Current Dietetic Interns are able to mentor prospective students via hands on guidance and support. Identification Early identification of students who may need assistance. Perspective Interns provide their own personal perspective and knowledge of the DI.
  6. 6. CSUN After the Peer Mentoring Program 67% 17% 8% 8% Other/White Hispanic Asian African-American 96% 2% 2% Other/White Hispanic Asian CSUN Before Peer Mentoring Program
  7. 7. Adaptability and Sustainability • Train-the-Trainer module • Future mentees that become dietetic interns will in turn become mentors • Our Peer Mentoring Program model can be used throughout the country in various dietetic internship programs to further promote cultural diversity within our field.
  8. 8. Peer Mentoring in Action
  9. 9. The Peer Mentoring Program paved way for… Additional Support, Funding and Recognition • The USDA Grant “Pathways for Success” (a collaboration between Dr. Besnilian and Dr. Efrat) Pathways to Success • Chancellor’s Office • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Support and recognition from the • Peer mentoring has become a part of the CSUN Dietetic internship program rotation hours (ongoing) • Student Learning Outcome and Competency in all nationally accredited dietetic internship programs Institutional, Replicable & Sustainable
  10. 10. In Conclusion… Peer Mentoring Program Originality Impact Leadership Sustainability
  11. 11. For additional questions please contact Dr. Annette Besnilian, EdD, MPH, RDN,CLE, FAND Executive Director Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics California State University, Northridge Annette.Besnilian@csun.edu (818) 677-3102 Special Thank you to: UEDA Sherry M. Sidick, MS, Associate Director of External Relations

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