Nutrition & Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network

NOPREN informs policies and practices designed to support the equitable intake of healthy, nutritious foods so that everyone has a fair chance at health.

Our collaborative network includes policy researchers and evaluators, practitioners, people representing professional organizations and community organizations, and people working in government agencies.

We seek to understand the effectiveness of policies and practices enacted at the federal, state, tribal, and local levels, and their impact on access to healthy food and water, food security, dietary intake, and health.

NOPREN Members Engage with the Network in Two Primary Ways:

Anyone can join NOPREN!



2024 HER NOPREN Summer Speaker Series for Students 

Join us for the 5th annual HER NOPREN Summer Speaker Series. This series is a collaborative effort of Healthy Eating Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN).

The series will consist of 5 webinar presentations spanning timely and fundamental topics from school meals, Food is Medicine, food service contracts, childhood food security and WIC, and collaborating across sectors. The presentations will be held on the following Wednesdays from 4-5pm ET: June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, and August 7, 2024. 

Click here to register
To learn more about the series, click here.
To view recordings of past sessions, click here.

Student Presentation Application is Open

HER and NOPREN will be hosting a virtual student presentation session on August 14th from 4:00 - 5:00 pm EST; the final session of the HER NOPREN Speaker Series for Students. Selected students will be asked to give a brief, 5-10 minute presentation on a public health nutrition related project or research they worked on over the summer. Students of all levels are encouraged to apply. Students who are not selected to give a virtual presentation, may be selected to develop a poster of their work that will be showcased on the NOPREN website.  If you are interested in presenting, please complete the submission form by Wednesday, July 17th at 5pm ET.

2023 NOPREN Special Collection Application Now Open!

The NOPREN Coordinating Center is developing its 2023 special collection of NOPREN publications to showcase the impact of our collaborative research activities. The special collection will be comprised of NOPREN-related articles published in peer-reviewed, open access journals in 2023, covering any public health nutrition topic. Papers do not need to be funded by NOPREN in order to qualify; however, articles must be the result of a NOPREN collaboration and include more than one NOPREN member. If you have questions about whether to submit your article for consideration, reach out to [email protected]. The NOPREN Special Collection will be posted online. To view previous collections, click here.

NOPREN 2023 Special Collection Criteria - Eligible papers include:

  • Published in a peer-reviewed journal in 2023
  • Open access
  • NOPREN-related publication* (*includes papers that were funded by NOPREN, borne out of a NOPREN work group collaboration, and/or includes more than one NOPREN work group member)
  • Paper topic areas: food/nutrition security, health equity, drinking water access, rural food access, healthy food retail, school wellness, resilient food systems, early childhood nutrition, pediatric obesity, food policy councils, and federal food and nutrition programs.
  • Papers that are of relevance for local health departments and/or implementers.
  • Special consideration given to papers from NOPREN funded work group seed projects and/or collaborations across work groups

Click here to submit articles to the 2023 NOPREN Special Collection by August 31, 2024.

Call for Papers

Promotion of Health and Wellness in Early Childhood Settings Special Issue Honoring Dr. Dianne Stanton Ward - submit manuscripts by October 1, 2024. For submission instructions, click here

Highlighted Resources



HER NOPREN Summer Speaker Series: Session 4

Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2024 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm EST

HER NOPREN Summer Speaker Series: Session 5

Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2024 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm EST

HER NOPREN Summer Speaker Series: Student Presentations

Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2024 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm EST