In collaboration with UC Davis Extension and the Center of Excellence in Nutritional Genomics, we are offering a nutrigenomics course that consists of a DVD with PowerPoints on nutrigenomics topics from workshops held in Davis, Seoul, Auckland, and Ames Iowa with online course material. Register at the UC Davis Extension site.
The Center of Excellence in Nutritional Genomics Communities Programs
Health disparities in the United States, other developed countries, and throughout the world result from a complex set of issues including overt and covert racism, socioeconomic status, inadequate access to healthcare and healthy, inexpensive food, the physical neighborhood and environment, and nutrient - genetic makup differences. There is no one solution. In addition to its interest and focus on nutrigenomics, CENG has developed an training, education, and outreach initiative with partners that focuses on:
- The education initiative works in partnership with the training core. Our educational efforts consists of the Nutrigenomics Alerts which has an international audience, an online nutrigenomics' course developed from the Center's nutrigenomics' workshop in conjunction with the University of California Extension service, and an edited volume entitled Nutritional Genomics: Developing the Path to Personalized Nutrition (Wiley and Sons, 2006).
- The community outreach component is designed to encourage, equip, and reinforce community-based organizations to partner and/or conduct disease prevention and/or intervention strategies to eliminate health disparities. CENG builds its programs with existing large coalitions and networks of various organizations dedicated to community health. The various components of the Center work in concert to provide nutrition and health education to local minority communities as well as promote diversity in the health professions through mentorship of minority youth. Center projects and programs are designed and coordinated to ensure that all stakeholders such as researchers, educators, health care providers and community members understand and benefit from the fruits of the proposed research.
- The training component consists of a well-established cultural competency-training program at Children's Hospital Oakland. Although there exists significant amounts of nutrition information that may be used as a basis for training and education, the research members of the UC-Davis/CHORI/WHNRC have developed culturally-sensitive and appropriate educational information and materials focusing on the emerging field of nutrigenomics. We believe that such outreach activities will enhance the public understanding of the human genome project and explain better how individual genetic difference must be taken into consideration for proper nutrition and health. The goal of this training paradigm will be increased provider knowledge and, as importantly, improved patient outcomes as a result of cross-cultural education.