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.

NOPREN HER Summer Speaker Series for Students 

The Summer Speaker Series for students takes a deep dive into policy, systems, and environment (PSE) change strategies that promote healthy eating among children and families, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, by exploring various local, state, federal, and tribal nutrition policies and programs. 

NOPREN HER Summer Speaker Series for Students 2021

You can find the recordings and slide decks for the 2021 Summer Speaker Series sessions hereTo read more about the series, click here.

NOPREN HER Summer Speaker Series for Students 2020

You can find the recordings and slide decks for the 2020 Summer Speaker Series sessions 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]
   - WIC Learning Collaborative: Caitlin Lowery ([email protected])
Rural Food Access: Kyle Busse ([email protected]
School WellnessDeborah Olarte ([email protected]) or Marisa Tsai ([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.