Public Health and Community Nutrition

Public health nutrition is the application of nutrition and public health principles to design programs, systems, policies and environments that aims to improve or maintain the optimal health of populations and targeted groups. Community nutrition encompasses individual and interpersonal-level interventions that create changes in knowledge, attitudes, behavior and health outcomes among individuals, families or small, targeted groups within a community setting.

The terms "public health," "community health" and "population health" are often used interchangeably with public health being the broadest term with the longest history of use. Population health is a term that is becoming more common, often with a focus on people with shared characteristics such as race or ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geography and gender.

Academy SOP and SOPP for RDNs in Public Health and Community Nutrition
The Academy's Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance help RDNs assess their skills and identify areas for improvement. This publication includes indicators for standards throughout the nutrition care process and provides examples of outcomes and rationales.

Nutrition.gov
This USDA hub serves as an access point to a multitude of nutrition tools and resources including the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, MyPlate SuperTracker, National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, dietary supplement fact sheets as well as information on food assistance programs.

NIH Health Information
This National Institutes of Health website provides access to information on a variety of health conditions for both consumers and professionals including a health services locator, heart-healthy recipes and NIHSeniorHealth.

MedlinePlus Nutrition
This Web page provides links to numerous federal programs and resources as well as latest news articles, health check tools and clinical trial information. Free patient handouts are available in English and Spanish.

National WIC Association
NWA is the non-profit education arm and advocacy voice of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The NWA website houses resources including publications, blog posts, position papers and fact sheets.

USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
The CNPP provides reports and publications related to cost of food, dietary guidance for birth to 24 months, nutrient content of the U.S. food supply and more. Downloaded data files of USDA food plans and Healthy Eating Index are also available.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service
The USDA FNS site houses information on programs and services including food distribution programs, child nutrition programs, SNAP and WIC. This website also provides nutrition assistance tools such as the healthy access and SNAP retailer locators.

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
The USDA FSIS website houses regulations, policies, recalls and data related to food safety. Information for consumers in available via downloadable education material, videos, live chat and the Keep Food Safe Blog.

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
The USDA NIFA supports nutrition research and education and has a commitment to helping at-risk Americans live healthfully. NIFA offers webinars, factsheets, reports, newsletters, presentations and more on its website.

Healthfinder.gov
This consumer-friendly U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website contains a wealth of information including nutrition quick tips and shopping lists.

CDC Healthy Living
This landing page provides an access point to CDC resources on a wide variety of health conditions including alcohol use and public health, breast-feeding, chronic disease prevention, healthy communities, mental health, nutrition, public health genomics and much more.

CDC Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website offers tools and resources including a chronic disease calculator, statistics and tracking, and publications. A link to the CDC division of nutrition, physical activity and obesity is accessible here.

Health Resources and Services Administration
This U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website provides public health data and statistics, funding opportunities, clinical resources, community resources and health literacy information.

Federal Register
The Federal Register is the source for United States government meeting announcements, proposal requests, proposed regulations and final rules for federal programs. Significant regulations and recent documents related to food and nutrition can be found on the Federal Register website and are published daily.

American Public Health Association
APHA is a multi-disciplinary organization with the mission of improving the health of the public and achieving equity in health status. The APHA website houses resources, publications and periodicals relating to a wide variety of public health issues including chronic disease.

Association of State and Public Health Nutrition
ASPHN is a membership organization with the mission of developing leaders in public health nutrition who strengthen policy, programs and environments making it possible for everyone to make healthy food choices and achieve healthy, active lifestyles. The ASPHN website offers resources including success stories by state, presentation slides and training presentations.

Mapping the World of Nutrition
This Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics resource provides a breakdown of federal oversight and funding as well as programs, stakeholders and participants of federal nutrition programs.

Self-Assessment Tool for Public Health/Community Nutritionists
These four modules developed by the University of Minnesota provide public health and community nutrition practitioners, nutrition and dietetics students and dietetic technicians the opportunity to systematically identify strengths and weaknesses in specific areas of public health and community nutrition practice. It also provides guidance and resources to assist individuals in career development planning.

Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior
SNEB includes nutrition educators from all over the world and has a mission of promoting effective nutrition education and health behavior through research, policy and practice. The SNEB website includes a link to the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior as well as advocacy information and nutrition resources such as the resource guide to environmentally based nutrition interventions.