Nutrition and Cultural Competence


Cultural Competence Improvement Tool (CCIT)
The Cultural Competence Improvement Tool was been developed by the National Black Child Development Institute under the supervision of Lauren Hogan, Director of Public Policy and Angele’ Doyne, Child Health Program Coordinator. The CCIT can assist schools, after school providers, and child care providers conduct a review of cultural competence in existing health and nutrition education curricula. This tool can be used in the following ways: 1) It can help providers select a health and nutrition curriculum that meets the particular needs of their learners (i.e., children and family members); 2) It can help providers improve the cultural relevance of an existing health and nutrition curriculum being used in their program; 3) It can be used to compare multiple health and nutrition curricula in order to choose a curriculum that best fits your program needs. (Link)

Ethnic Pyramids
For professionals and consumers, these language sets contain Food Pyramids and handouts for healthy adults, mothers and babies, mature adults, and children. All are bilingual and copyright free. Available in 37 languages, including Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Bosnian, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Laotian, Polish, Russian, Somali, Turkish, and more. N.E.N.A. Project/CARA, Department of Anthropology & Geography, Georgia State University. (Link)


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Hardin-Fanning, F. (2013). Adherence to a Mediterranean diet in a rural Appalachian food desert.  Journal of Rural and Remote Health 13(1), 2293.

Heiss, C. J., Rengers, B., Fajardo-Lira, C., Henley, S. M., Bizeau, M., & Gillette, D. (2011). Preparing dietetics practitioners to effectively serve the Hispanic population. JAND, 113(5), S24-S28.

Hong, T., Dibley, M., and Sibbritt, D. (2010). Validity and reliability of an FFQ for use with adolescents in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Public Health Nutr, 13:368-75.

Huycke, P., Ingribelli, J., and Rysdale, L. (2017). Aboriginal Cultural Competency in Dietetics: A National Survey of Canadian Registered Dietitians. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 2 78(4), 172-176.

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Kittler, P., Sucher, K., and Nelms, M. (2012). Food and Culture. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.

Klement, C. (2010). Intercultural Competence for the Nutrition Professional. Thesis. Eastern Michigan University (Link)

Knoblock-Hahn, A., Scharff, D., Elliott, M., (2010). Cultural Competence in Dietetics Education: Where Are We Now and Where Do We Need to Go? Topics in Clinical Nutrition, 25(4), 323-334.

McArthur, L., Greathouse, K., Smith, E., Holber, D. (2011). A quantitative assessment of the cultural knowledge, attitudes and experiences of junior and senior dietetics students. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour; 43(6): 464-472.

McConnell, S. (2013). Culturally tailored postsecondary nutrition and health education curricula for indigenous populations. Int J Circumpolar Health, 72: 21144

Medico, J. (2011). Curricular Competencies Related to Cultural Competence for the Education and Training of Registered Dietitians.  Master’s Thesis, University of Tennessee. (Link)

Millichamp, A. and  Gallegos, D. (2011). Meeting the Food Needs of Queensland’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Aged: What do service providers say? Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology.

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