Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals DPG


DPG #51

Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals is a dynamic network of professionals who are leaders in providing nutrition education for health professionals including medical, dental, nursing, and many other allied healthcare professionals, students, residents and practitioners. NEHP offers an environment for interaction with other educators, opportunities for professional growth and mentoring, and a forum for developing curricula for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing nutrition education for a diverse field of health professionals. Members enjoy networking opportunities year-round through the NEHP newsletter, webinar participation, online resources, social networking and collaborative efforts with the Society for Nutrition Education & Behavior. An electronic mailing list ensures members have up-to-date information from the practice group. Members also have an annual education/networking opportunity at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo.

Mission: Empower food and nutrition professionals to be the valued source of nutrition education of health professionals.

Vision: Optimize the nation's health as leaders in nutrition education of health professionals.

Newsletter: The Educators Resource

The Educators Resource is a quarterly publication that covers a wide range of topics, including teaching tips and other topics of interest to educators at all levels. Newsletter contributors share their diverse experiences, innovative solutions to educational challenges, wisdom, expertise and mentorship. The NEHP newsletter has been credited as one of our most valued resources for all who interact with NEHP.

  • Newsletter Editor: Katie Tharp, PhD, MPH, RD
  • Co-Editor: Teresa Johnson, DCN, RD, LD

Academy Positions Involvement

  • Oral health and nutrition
  • Nutrition education for health care professionals
  • The impact of fluoride on dental health
  • Functional foods

Awards, Grants, Scholarships, and Stipends

Enhancement and Promotion of the Academy's Strategic Initiatives and Campaigns

NEHP Excellence in Education Award given to a member for outstanding service and creativity in educating healthcare professionals.

Physician Nutrition Education Project

Technical expertise, information references and resources made available to members to facilitate communication with physicians. NEHP members provide resources, expertise and training as part of this ongoing program to educate physicians in the area of nutrition.

Integrative Medicine Nutrition Education Project for Physicians

In collaboration with the University of Arizona College of Medicine, NEHP provided expertise for the development of a Web-based training program in nutrition for physicians enrolled in the Integrative Medicine Associate Fellowship Program.

Academy/APhA Dietary Supplement Project

NEHP members were actively involved in the development of an educational training module for use by dietetic practitioners and pharmacists to advance knowledge and practice in the area of dietary supplements. Members also provided editorial support for the Academy's newest dietary supplement book.

Nutrition Academic Award Schools

Several NEHP members are involved in medical education at medical schools with National Institutes of Medicine Nutrition Academic Awards. NEHP has participated in national discussions regarding the dissemination of NAA developed materials and continues to be actively engaged in networking opportunities to support nutrition in medical education.