Student Resources

Welcome! This is a page for all students in the NOPREN network to come and find important resources, opportunities, and information about upcoming events. Learn more about the network and ways to engage with your peers and leaders in the field to advance your knowledge about nutrition policies, programs, and research needs.

HER NOPREN Summer Speaker Series for Students 2022

The goal of the third-annual Summer Speaker Series for Students is to explore various public health topics related to food and nutrition security, federal nutrition assistance programs, COVID-19 implications, and nutrition equity through research, policy, and practice. Each week will feature presentations from speakers across different public health sectors on the fundamentals of the topic and give participants opportunities to network with experts in the field. Participation in the series is open to all students. 

To learn more about the HER NOPREN Summer Speaker Series for Students 2022, click here
To register for the Summer Speaker Series, click here



June 15, 2022

Improving Nutrition Security Among Young Children
Policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies and interventions that influence young children's nutrition and food security in the US

To view the recording, click here
To view the slides, click here

June 22, 2022

Food Retail and Inflation
Broad overview of healthy food retail and factors that affect rising food costs, along with its impact on nutrition assistance programs

To view the recording, click here.

June 29, 2022

Centering Equity in Nutrition Research
Strategies and practices that promote health equity in the planning and execution of community nutrition research

To view the recording, click here.

July 13, 2022

Upcoming Policy Opportunities for School Meals
Federal and state school meal policies with strongest potential to increase participation and impact the nutritional status of school-age children

To view the recording, click here.

July 20, 2022

Impacts of COVID-19 on Food Security
Overview of food and nutrition security during the pandemic and policies and programs that address these issues

To view the recording, click here.

July 27, 2022

WIC: Research for the Next Generation
Opportunities for new research in WIC and how to develop a research agenda

To view the recording, click here.

August 3, 2022

Implementing Food Service Guidelines
Broad overview of food service guidelines and strategies to implement sustainable practices in food service

To view the recording, click here.

August 10, 2022 Emerging Research in Drinking Water
Brief overview of the CDC’s focus on drinking water and new research in water consumption patterns
August 17, 2022

Student Presentations 
For Student Presentation and Poster Abstracts, click here

To view the recordings for the HER NOPREN Summer Speaker Series for Students 2020, click here
To view the recordings for the HER NOPREN Summer Speaker Series for Students 2021, click here

Join a Work Group

The NOPREN work groups allow members to collaborate on specific nutrition-focused, policy-relevant topics, and contduct action-oriented applied research and translation to inform policy and create impact. NOPREN work groups are open to all interested people.

To join a specific work group, please contact the the work group fellow listed below: 

COVID-19 Food & Nutrition: Jessica Soldavini ([email protected])
Drinking Water: Abigail Colburn ([email protected])
Early Childhood: Daniel Zaltz ([email protected]) or Chelsea Kracht ([email protected])
Food Policy Councils: Abiodun Atoloye ([email protected])
Food Security: Kaitlyn Harper ([email protected]
Food Service Guidelines: Bethany Williams ([email protected]) 
Healthy Food Retail: Caitlin Lowery ( [email protected]
Rural Food Access: Kyle Busse ([email protected]
School WellnessDeborah Olarte ([email protected]) or Marisa Tsai ([email protected])
WIC Learning Collaborative: Cayley Ryan ( [email protected])

Other Resources

NOPREN Acknowledgement

Please include the following statement on all NOPREN supported publications, products, and resources:

"Support for this [product] was provided in part by Cooperative Agreement Number (U48DP006374/ACL/ACL HHS/United States) funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) and Prevention Research Centers Program, which includes the Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN). The findings and conclusions in this product are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position of the CDC or DHHS."

About HER: Healthy Eating Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and supports research on policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies that have strong potential to promote healthy eating among children, especially lower-income and racially and ethnically diverse population groups that are at highest risk for poor health and well-being and nutrition-related health disparities. 

About NOPREN: The Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network is a thematic research network of the Prevention Research Centers Program. The CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) created NOPREN to foster understanding of the effectiveness of policies to prevent childhood obesity through improved access to affordable, healthier foods and beverages in child care, schools, worksite, and other community setting.