Celebrating The MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education's (COPE) 10th Anniversary

Wednesday, October 6

Prioritizing and addressing diversity, equity and inclusion is essential to providing optimal patient care and achieving health equity. How can Nursing and Dietetic professionals best respond to the needs of the diverse populations they serve?

Join us virtually for our Anniversary kick-off conference where we explore the impact of inclusive practices and engage in dialogue around time sensitive topics such as health disparities in racial and ethnic minority groups and set the stage for incorporating cultural sensitivity skills into practice – from the frontlines to the kitchen.





An Interdisciplinary Conversation
1-3:30 PM ET


Teresa Turner, MS, RD, LDN, SNS, FAND

Few things are more important than the well-being of a child. Children take what is given and absorbed to create what is new. As nutrition and health professionals, how we serve and nurture children determines the returns on our investments. Let’s delve into what it takes to maximize those returns with a lens that acknowledges social determinants of health and appreciates cultural and racial differences to avoid the “one size fits all” approach.


  • Define Social Determinants of Health & systemic racism and explore their impact on equity and on the behaviors and mindsets of those we serve
  • Examine how implicit bias, racial colorblindness, microaggressions, and the concept of “polite discrimination” may knowingly or unknowingly influence our interactions, nutrition planning and care. 
  • Summarize methods to provide optimal service and care throughout different child nutrition environments.
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Teresa Turner

Teresa Turner, MS, RD, LDN, SNS, FAND, is the Army Child and Youth Services Nutritionist on base at Fort Meade in Maryland. She is the Food Service Manager for three child development centers, two school-age centers, and a middle school/teen center, all operating under CACFP. One short conversation with Teresa is enough to ignite thoughtful conversation, fueled by her passion for equity and justice.


Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, PhD, RN
Vice Dean for Research; Sarah E. Allison Endowed Professor
Deputy Director, Institute for Clinical Translational Research
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Joint Appointments in Schools of Medicine and Public Health

Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and it is well established that certain racial and ethnic groups experience a higher risk of hypertension than others. Reasons for these disparities in hypertension control are multi-factorial, and the impact of these disparities on progression of cardiovascular disease is significant. In this presentation, we will identify and discuss factors influencing disparities in hypertension control among racial and ethnic groups and will explore examples of successful strategies to reduce disparities at multiple levels from the Reducing Inequities in Care of Hypertension: Lifestyle Improvement for Everyone (RICHLIFE) Project, an innovative program that treats the whole person using a collaborative care approach and principles of community based participatory research.


  1. Identify and discuss multiple factors influencing disparities in hypertension control among racial and ethnic groups.  
  2. Review effective strategies for reducing racial and ethnic disparities, including the Reducing Inequities in Care of Hypertension: Lifestyle Improvement for Everyone (RICHLIFE) Project
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Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb’s sustained passion and commitment to reducing health disparities and improving the quality of care and outcomes for cardiovascular and critical care patients is seen as a consistent thread throughout her progressive program of research, professional practice, and teaching. Her research has led to the development of an effective and transferrable health system and interdisciplinary team-based strategies to improve the quality of cardiovascular care. Dr. Himmelfarb’s scholarship has contributed to a greater understanding of social and cultural determinants of cardiovascular risk, particularly among Black and resource-limited populations. Additionally, as a deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translation Research, she leads the Research Participant and Community Partnership Core, a program that has enhanced research participant experience and promoted best practices for research participant recruitment and retention and community engaged research at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Himmelfarb has served on numerous National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association expert panels that have generated scientific statements and national clinical guidelines to reduce health disparities and improve the quality of cardiovascular care. Dr. Himmelfarb has been prolific in her efforts to translate and disseminate this research to both scientific and clinical audiences, thus she has informed future research and policy efforts while driving improvements in current clinical practice and patient outcomes. Dr. Himmelfarb provides leadership for research strategy and related initiatives for the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Her responsibilities broadly include monitoring and expanding the school's research portfolio and enhancing faculty competitiveness for research funding, while ensuring regulatory compliance and responsible, reproducible conduct of research. She is a professor of Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health.





5-6:30 PM ET

Breana Lai Killeen, MPH, RD
Test Kitchen & Editorial Operations Manager, EatingWell Magazine
Tessa Nguyen, RD, LDN / 테사 
Founder and Principal, Taste Nutrition Consulting

What is an authentic recipe? Can you write a recipe if you are not from a specific culture? In this presentation, we’ll delve into how to name, develop, and alter global recipes so they retain their heritage in terms of ingredients and methods while being respectful of cultural appropriation. We’ll also discuss words to use and words to avoid when describing food in titles, headnotes, and general media.  

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Breanna Killeen

Breana Lai Killeen, MPH, RD is the Test Kitchen & Editorial Operations Manager at EatingWell Magazine in Shelburne, VT. She oversees the development, production and nutrition analysis of 500+ recipes per year as well as managing day-to-day operations to keep everything running smoothly. Breana has a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu London, a Wine Spirit & Education Trust trained sommelier and is a registered dietitian. Test Kitchen Manager @eatingwell. Dietitian. Gardener @killeenfarm@breanakilleen 

Tessa Nguyen

Chef Tessa Nguyen, RD, LDN is the founder and principal of Taste Nutrition Consulting. She is an internationally acclaimed chef and registered dietitian. Tessa’s work promotes accessible cooking, cultural inclusion and diversity advocacy within the food and nutrition industries. She champions these efforts in her consulting business as well as on the Board of Directors for Diversify Dietetics. Tessa is currently pursuing her Master of Education in Urban Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Tessa is based in South Korea. Follow along for her culturally diverse recipes on her blog or her YouTube channel, Tessa’s Table. Connect with her @thetessanguyen on Instagram and Twitter.   Chef & Dietitian championing accessible #cooking, cultural #inclusion & #diversity advocacy; Instagram: @thetessanguyen & @diversifydietetics. Twitter: @thetessanguyen 

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