International Webinar “Global Perspectives: Nutrition Care as a Human Right”

Date and Time: Thursday, October 7, 2021, 12:00 - 13:15 ET


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Diana Cárdenas MD, PhD - Professor, Faculty of medicine, Universidad El Bosque, Colombia: "Why is Nutrition Care a Human Right?"
Leah Gramlich, MD, FRCPC - Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta: "Using a Malnutrition Standard to Support and Promote Best Nutrition Care"
Jay M. Mirtallo, MS, RPh, BCNSP, FASHP, FASPEN - Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University: "Policy to Enhance Nutrition Access: The Medical Nutrition Therapy Act Expansion. What is the Medical Nutrition Therapy Act?"
Dr. Trevor Smith - President of the British Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition: "Patient Engagement session"

Despite ongoing efforts by several nutrition societies and researchers around the world, the impact of hospital related malnutrition remains a significant healthcare concern. While there are multiple contributing factors that vary in each setting, there is a common desire across nations to influence public policy to improve nutrition care for hospitalized patients. A recent, large international effort has led to the recognition of the right to nutritional care being a fundamental human right that is closely linked to the right to health and food (reference Position paper ASPEN, ESPEN 2021). Nutritional care rights include being screening for malnutrition, diagnosis and assessment and food and evidence based nutrition therapy.  In this session, experts from CNS and ASPEN will introduce a new Malnutrition Standard for Hospitals and the Medical Nutrition therapy Act and as examples of cutting-edge initiatives upon which public policy for improved nutrition care and dietitian access can be built. Strategies on how to engage patients to advocate for nutrition and lessons from current national efforts on gathering patient perspectives, will also be shared by BAPEN leaders.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  1. Be able to state why nutrition care is a human right.
  2. Learn about the recommendations from the new Malnutrition Standard for acute care hospitals.
  3. Become familiar with the Medical Nutrition Therapy Act and its potential impact on improving patient access to dietitians.
  4. Gain an understanding of how patient engagement can be utilized to advocate for better nutrition

Speaker Bios:

Diana Cárdenas Diana Cárdenas MD, PhD, iis a medical doctor, graduate of the Colombian School of Medicine, Universidad El Bosque. She got a master’s degree   in metabolism and nutrition from the Université de Paris Diderot, a master’s degree in political science and International Relations from Université de Lyon and a PhD in philosophy from Université Franche-Compté, France.  She has been working on clinical nutrition for more than 20 years in different countries, and on ethics for the last decade. Currently, she is Professor of Nutrition at the University of El Bosque, Editor-in-Chief of the Revista de Nutrición Clinica y Metabolismo and Associate Editor of Clinical Nutrition ESPEN.  Previously, she worked at the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Central America where she was in charge of the bioethics program. The focus of her research is on the link between ethics, human rights, and clinical nutrition.

Dr. Cardenas is a member and collaborator of several international scientific societies of clinical nutrition, European Society of Clinical Nutrition (ESPEN), Latin American Federation of Clinical Nutrition (FELANPE), Colombian Society of Clinical Nutrition (ACNC), Francophone Society on Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (SFNCM). She is currently the coordinator of the International Working Group for patients´ right to nutritional care.

Leah Gramlich MD, FRCPC  is a Gastroenterologist and Physician Nutrition Specialist. She graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at University of Alberta in 1987 and currently holds a position as Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta. In addition to her clinical roles in Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Dr. Gramlich is the Provincial Medical Advisor for Nutrition Services in Alberta Health Services. Her key research areas include nutrition support including enteral and parenteral nutrition, home nutrition support, malnutrition, and enhanced recovery. She has an interest in implementation science and uses this approach to advance nutrition care locally, nationally, and internationally.Dr. Gramlich is founding president of the Canadian Nutrition Society and a past member of the ASPEN Board of directors. She is a founding member and current co-chair of the Canadian Malnutrition Task force. She has published more than 100 articles as author or co-author, has had multiple students and received multiple grants for her research.

Jay M.Mirtallo, MS, RPh, BCNSP, FASHP, FASPEN  is Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, College of Pharmacy, Division of Pharmacy Practice and Administration and Clinical Practice Specialist, The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. As one of the pharmacy specialists pioneers, Professor Mirtallo was instrumental in leading cost-effective practices in parenteral nutrition and advancing the role of the pharmacist on nutrition support services. His research focused on comparative evaluations of amino acid injection products, the use of fat as a calorie source, PN compatibility and stability, and systems issues in the preparation, administration, and management of parenteral nutrition.

Professor Mirtallo is Past President of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN). He also spent many years on the ASPEN Public Policy Committee where he advocated for reimbursement of PEN in the hospital and home, dealt with drug shortage issues and worked to improve the safety and efficacy of PN. He served on the Joint Commission task force that created the Nutrition Care Standards. Mirtallo has been actively involved with nutrition support guidelines and co-authored an etiology-based definition of malnutrition which is the basis for an inter-professional malnutrition strategy. He chaired a PN safety summit in the fall of 2011 which led to the development of the safety consensus recommendations recently released by ASPEN.

Dr. Trevor Smith is a Consultant Gastroenterologist in Southampton. He has a specialist interest in clinical nutrition and intestinal failure; he leads a large regional Intestinal Failure service serving the South of England. Trevor is President of the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN). He has several other leadership roles including Divisional Clinical Director and Deputy Chief Medical Officer in Southampton. He is a member of the NHS England Colorectal Clinical Reference Group and he has chaired two NHSE Clinical Cells supporting Intestinal Failure and Home Parenteral Nutrition services over the last two years.


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