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.

Join us for the 2nd Annual
Summer Speaker Series for Students
Every Wednesday @ 4pm EST, June 16-July 28, 2021

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. Students will hear from a multidisciplinary group of experts and leaders in the field who will present on the fundamentals of each topic, along with relevant professional opportunities in research, policy, and practice. Participation in the series is open to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students.

The series will consist of 7 webinar presentations on a variety of topics related to PSE strategies to promote healthy eating. The presentations will be held on Wednesdays from 4pm to 5pm EST every week from June 16th, 2021 to July 28th, 2021. 

Registration link: https://ucsf.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwpf-mqrzkjH9byFrUo7Ps9jn1J1WCO02lp 

To read more about the series, click here.




Series Overview and U.S. Food Systems
To view the slide deck, click here.


Healthy Food Retail
To view the slide deck, click here.


School Wellness
To view the slide deck, click here


Early Childhood 
To view the slide deck, click here.


Nutrition Guidelines
To view the slide deck, click here.


Drinking Water Access and Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
To view the slide deck, click here.


Food & Nutrition Security


Student Presentations


HER NOPREN Summer Speaker Series for Students 2020

You can find the recordings and slide decks for last year’s 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: Mary Katherine Poole ([email protected])
Early Childhood: Daniel Zaltz ([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: Christina Kasprzak ([email protected]
Rural Food Access: Kyle Busse ([email protected]
School Wellness: Amsie Hecht ([email protected]

Other Resources

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.