Food and Nutrition
Section Newsletter
Fall 2008

Food and Nutrition Section Highlights at the APHA Annual Meeting

APHA annual meeting logo

The Food and Nutrition Section is pleased to announce a packed program for APHA's 136th annual meeting in San Diego, Oct. 25 - 29, 2008.  Please be sure to review the schedule to note business meetings and scientific sessions.  In addition, a few noteworthy Food and Nutrition Section events are described in this abbreviated edition of the newsletter.  We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!

March of Dimes Announces Susan Carlson as the Agnes Higgins Award Recipient

Susan CarlsonPlease join us Monday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. for the March of Dimes Agnes Higgins Award Lecture and Reception honoring Dr. Susan E. Carlson, A. J. Rice Professor of Nutrition in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. This event is jointly sponsored by APHA’s Food & Nutrition and Maternal and Child Health Sections and will take place at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina in the Marriott Hall, Salon 4.


The March of Dimes Agnes Higgins Award was developed in 1980 to recognize distinguished achievement in research, education or clinical services in the field of maternal-fetal nutrition. This year’s recipient, Dr. Susan E. Carlson, is internationally recognized for her work in maternal-fetal nutrition and specifically for her research on DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid. Dr. Carlson was the first to recognize and note the implications that human milk-fed infants had higher amounts of circulating DHA than formula-fed infants and, in 2002, was awarded honorary membership in the American Dietetic Association for her pioneering work leading to the recognition that DHA was a conditionally essential nutrient for infants. Since 2002, Dr. Carlson has taken an active role in the education of U.S. pediatricians, obstetricians, nurses and dietitians about the roles of DHA in maternal and infant health. She has been involved nationally and internationally in evaluating the quality of evidence and establishing best practice guidelines for intake of DHA by infants and pregnant women.


Dr. Carlson’s lecture, “Improving Maternal and Infant Nutrition: The DHA Story,” will be followed by a reception in her honor. Food and beverages will be served. For more information, please contact Mary Lavan, March of Dimes manager of professional education services.  The invitation for the lecture and reception is available here.

Sowing Common Seeds in Food, Nutrition, Agriculture and the Environment

Join your Section colleagues and sponsors for the 3rd annual Food and Nutrition Section-Environment Section joint social hour on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6:30 pm - 8:00 p.m. in San Diego. This third annual event is an opportunity to network and strategize with like-minded APHA colleagues about building a healthier, more sustainable food system. The event will take place at the San Diego Wine & Culinary Center, just a short walk from the San Diego Convention Center. For more information, see attached flier. To RSVP, e-mail Karen Perry Stillerman.

Sea Grant Program Seeks Nutrition Professionals' Input

Sea Grant logoI would like to invite you to participate in a seafood education project.  Six universities (University of Delaware, University of Rhode Island, Oregon State University, University of Florida, Cornell University, and University of California), with expertise in seafood and nutrition, are involved in the effort.  The project objective is to develop a communication program for the health care community that educates providers about benefits/risks of seafood consumption, and supplies educational tools for them to share with their clients and/or patients.  Seafood is growing front and center as a healthy food source worldwide; we want to ensure that the best science-based information is easily available to health care practitioners and their clients.


As a recognized authority on health and/or nutrition, you know how important it is for the medical community to have access to clear and accurate information about food and its impact on health for at-risk and other patient groups.  You also recognize there is a range of perspectives for almost any nutritional recommendation and that the more targeted, informed, and balanced the recommendation, the better that advisory will be.


We would like you to help with our needs assessment survey.  Results from the survey will help us to develop information targeted for health professionals and distribute it in the best manner possible.  The survey will take approximately 20-25 minutes, and a progress bar at the bottom of the page will show you how far you are in the survey.  The survey is designed such that you cannot change your responses once you go to the next page.  All of your responses will remain confidential.  Please click on the following link or copy and paste it into your browser:


If you have any questions about this survey, feel free to contact me.


Doris T. Hicks

Seafood Technology Specialist

University of Delaware Sea Grant

700 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958

(302) 645-4297, (302) 645-4213 (fax)

AHRQ's HCUP announces the release of two datasets

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) announces the availability of two datasets, the 2006 Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), and the 2006 Kids’ Inpatient Database (KID).


Released in May, the NIS is the largest inpatient care database including all patients, regardless of payer — covering Medicare, Medicaid, privately insured, and uninsured patients.  The 2006 NIS includes eight million discharge records from more than 1,000 hospitals and includes data drawn from 38 states. NIS data can be weighted to produce national estimates, allowing researchers and policymakers to identify, track and analyze national trends in health care utilization, access, charges, quality and outcomes. The NIS is considered by health services researchers to be one of the most reliable and affordable databases for studying important health care topics.


Released every three years since the 1997 data year, the 2006 Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) was released in June by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). The KID is the only dataset in the U.S. designed specifically to study hospital use, outcomes, and charges in the pediatric population. The KID includes all patients under age 21 regardless of payer.  The 2006 KID includes data from 3,739 hospitals in 38 states. The KID can be weighted to produce national estimates, allowing researchers and policymakers to use the data to identify, track, and analyze national trends in pediatric health care issues.

The 2006 NIS, 2006 KID, and other HCUP databases are available through the HCUP Central Distributor. Additional information on the NIS is available on the HCUP User Support Web site at  Additional information on the KID is available on the HCUP User Support Web site at


HCUP is a family of health care databases and related products developed by AHRQ through a Federal-State-Industry partnership. HCUP produces powerful, comprehensive, health care data that can be used to identify, track, and analyze national, regional, and state trends in health care utilization, access, charges, quality, and outcomes. Additional information about HCUP’s databases and products is available on its User Support Website.