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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Speaker Biosketches." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults: Exploring the Impact of the Physical, Social, and Cultural Environment: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23496.
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Appendix C
Speaker Biosketches

Richard M. Allman, M.D., is the Chief Consultant for Geriatrics and Extended Care for the Veterans Health Administration in Washington, DC. He serves as a member of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Advisory Council and of the Advisory Committee for the Alzheimer’s National Plan. Before becoming Chief Consultant in January 2014, he was the founding director of the Birmingham/Atlanta Veteran Affairs Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center. Dr. Allman was a faculty member at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine between 1986 and 2014. He was the Parrish Endowed Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, and the Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging at UAB. He served as the principal investigator for the NIA-funded UAB Study of Aging, the Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research, and the UAB component of the Hartford Foundation–funded Southeast Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine. He provided leadership for statewide quality improvement initiatives as the Principal Clinical Coordinator for the Alabama Medicare Quality Improvement Organization between 1995 and 2005. He directed the Pilot Grant and Nascent Project Programs of the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science between 2010 and 2014. His research has focused on mobility, cardiovascular disease, and health disparities among older adults, including studies of the associations between nutritional risk and adverse outcomes. Dr. Allman received his M.D. as an Alpha Omega Alpha honor graduate from West Virginia University School of Medicine, where he also completed a residency in internal medicine. After completing a fellowship in internal medicine and training in clinical

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Speaker Biosketches." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults: Exploring the Impact of the Physical, Social, and Cultural Environment: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23496.
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epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Allman joined the faculty at UAB. Dr. Allman is a board-certified geriatrician, and he was listed annually in Best Doctors in America between 1991 and 2014. He received the 2013 Donald P. Kent Award for leadership and service from the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the 2013 Joseph T. Freeman Award from the Health Science Section of GSA in recognition of his research.

Sally M. Allocca, M.Div., is the Senior Pastor of East Lake United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, where she has served for 22 years, as well as Founder and Executive Director of P.E.E.R., Inc., a nonprofit community health and economic development organization serving a diverse neighborhood. Rev. Allocca is a leader in local efforts to build a healthy, just, and sustainable local food system in the East Lake neighborhood, and in greater Birmingham. As part of her efforts, she founded the East Lake Farmers Market, a successful growers-only market serving her low-income community. As an outgrowth of the market, P.E.E.R., Inc., sponsors weekly boxes of produce that are delivered free of charge to older adult residents of low-income housing facilities in the neighborhood during market season. Rev. Allocca was awarded a Champion of Change award by the White House in 2013. She received her B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Birmingham-Southern College, and her Master of Divinity degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Lura Barber, M.P.P., is the Director of Hunger Initiatives at the National Council on Aging (NCOA). In this role, she provides direction and oversight for NCOA’s initiatives to end hunger among older adults and increase access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Under her leadership, NCOA’s SNAP and hunger-related initiatives have grown from a small pilot project in two states, to senior SNAP enrollment initiatives in 26 states and online. She also leads initiatives focused on creating sustainable policy and systemic changes to improve benefits access for seniors at the state and national level. Her efforts inform NCOA’s policy agenda to increase the participation of older adults in SNAP. Before joining NCOA, Barber served as a Long-Term Care Ombudsman and Pension Rights Advocate at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago (LAF), where she advocated for the rights of older adults to self-determination, freedom from abuse, and economic security. While at LAF, she also served terms as Vice President, Treasurer, and Lead Bargainer for United Legal Workers Local 2320. Barber earned a B.A. in English and Gender and Women’s Studies from Grinnell College and a Master’s in Public Policy, focusing on Women and Public Policy, from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She is

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Speaker Biosketches." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults: Exploring the Impact of the Physical, Social, and Cultural Environment: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23496.
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a member of the faculty of Washington Improv Theater, and teaches and performs improv comedy in the DC area and across the country.

Bob Blancato, M.P.A., is President of Matz Blancato and Associates, located in Washington, DC. He is the National Coordinator of the bipartisan 3,000-member Elder Justice Coalition. He serves as Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs. Blancato has more than 20 years of federal government service in the Congress and Executive branches. He has participated in four White House Conferences on Aging, including the most recent in July 2015, and was appointed by President Clinton to be Executive Director of the 1995 Conference. In March 2016, he became Chair of the Board of the American Society on Aging. Blancato serves as AARP Volunteer State President in Virginia, and on the Board of the National Council on Aging. He has won numerous awards for advocacy. In 2011 he was knighted by the Italian Republic. He is a contributing blogger on Huffington Post and Next Avenue, writing on aging issues. In September 2015, he was appointed to the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. He holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.P.A. from American University.

Beth Burrough, M.B.A., is a Partner of Healthcare Alliances and Chief Marketing Officer for PurFoods, LLC, a provider of fresh-made meals delivered directly to the doorsteps of older adults nationwide under the brand name Mom’s Meals NourishCare®. Mom’s Meals NourishCare has partnered with Area Agencies on Aging, Managed Care Organizations, and Health Plans and Service Providers to provide nutrition solutions for Medicaid Waiver, Medicaid Managed Long Term Services and Supports, Care Transitions post-acute discharge and chronic care patients. From 1991-2006, Ms. Burrough worked for Johnson & Johnson in Consumer and Pharmaceutical strategic marketing, including as Vice President for the Worldwide Oral Health Division and Executive Director of Strategic Marketing for Johnson & Johnson/Centcor’s Global Biologic Drugs. She earned her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Ms. Burrough has presented on “The Importance of Nutrition in Care Transitions” and “Nutritional Intervention in Treating Chronic Conditions” at the American Society on Aging, National Area Agencies on Aging, Case Management Society of America, and other organizations.

Wayne W. Campbell, Ph.D., is currently a Professor in the Department of Nutrition Science at Purdue University. Dr. Campbell’s research includes determining the dietary protein requirements of older adults and evaluating the effects of protein, carbohydrate, and energy intakes and exercise train-

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Speaker Biosketches." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults: Exploring the Impact of the Physical, Social, and Cultural Environment: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23496.
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ing on macronutrient metabolism, body composition, and muscle strength and function. In addition, his research includes studying the effects of macronutrient intakes and dietary patterning on human appetite, body composition, and cardio-metabolic health. He was a member of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Dr. Campbell received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Delaware and University of Maryland, respectively, with emphases in exercise physiology, and completed post-doctoral training in nutrition, exercise physiology, and geriatrics at the Noll Physiological Research Center, The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Campbell received his Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences at Tufts University while conducting research at the Human Physiology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, specializing in the dietary protein needs of older adults.

LCDR Kibbe Conti, M.S., R.D., serves the U.S. Public Health Service as Supervisory Dietitian at Rapid City Indian Hospital. She is a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. She is a recipient of the Annie Dodge Wauneka award for her work with tribes creating education materials that promote health by building on historic food ways. LCDR Conti received her M.S. degree in Nutrition at South Dakota State University, and completed undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota.

Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.S.C., F.A.S.P.E.N., serves as an Associate Professor in the Doctoral Nursing Department and Nutrition Sciences at the College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University. During her John A. Hartford Foundation post-doctoral fellowship, she collaborated with interdisciplinary experts at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing to incorporate biomarkers of nutrition and inflammation into her research model. Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili maintains an active program of research with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), American Nurses Foundation, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition’s Rhoades Research Foundation, Drexel-Coulter Research Partnership Program, and several Drexel University internal grants. Her research focuses on the role of nutrition on improving health outcomes in older adults across the care continuum. Additional interests include nutrition assessment, malnutrition, inflammation, sarcopenia, frailty, gerontechnology, and interprofessional nutrition competencies. Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili is a certified nutrition support clinician and serves on national committees for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (including the Malnutrition Committee), and was recently appointed as a board member to the Rhoades Research Foundation board. She was recently appointed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for a 4-year term to the Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Speaker Biosketches." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults: Exploring the Impact of the Physical, Social, and Cultural Environment: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23496.
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Board. Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili received her Ph.D. in research and theory development in nursing science from New York University, where she explored the changes in nutritional status in older adults undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting surgery. She received her B.S. in nursing and M.S.N. as a medical-surgical clinical nurse specialist from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing at Hunter College of the City University of New York.

David Donnan, M.B.A., is a Partner with A.T. Kearney, a management consulting firm based in Chicago. He leads A.T. Kearney’s Global Food & Beverage Consulting team. He is an experienced business leader and consultant with significant global experience in consumer products and retail industries. During his career, Mr. Donnan has managed operating companies, run food plants and consulted to leading global retail and consumer product companies in technology and supply chain strategies, brand growth and positioning. In his consulting career, Mr. Donnan has provided strategic advice on major transformation initiatives and growth opportunities to executives from the top 100 global consumer and retail companies. Mr. Donnan is a frequent speaker and author and has presented at a variety of industry conferences for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Food Marketing Institute, National Retail Federation, Global Market Development Center, Independent Grocers Allowance and Healthcare Distribution Management Association. He also has appeared on Bloomberg TV and has been quoted in various business journals, including Business Week, Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. Mr. Donnan earned his M.B.A. at the University of Toronto Rotman School of Business and his Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Leslie Gordon is Senior Director, Program Strategy & Operations at City Harvest. Ms. Gordon joined City Harvest in 2007, where she leads and sets the vision and growth strategy for four business units—Agency Relations, Mobile Markets, Volunteer Services, and Healthy Neighborhoods—responsible for the organization’s relationship with nearly 600 community food programs, allocation of nearly 60 million pounds of food annually, development and engagement of more than 13,000 volunteers annually, and delivery of City Harvest’s bold citywide plan to improve food access and nutritional behaviors for nearly 500,000 low-income residents. Ms. Gordon previously served as a consultant to the Fortune 500 under the direction of General Colin L. Powell at America’s Promise Alliance, where she helped corporations achieve their goals by designing large-scale corporate social responsibility programs that serve youth. After spending time at America’s Promise, Ms. Gordon directed the launch of “Made in Hudson Valley,” an innovative business designed to promote products manufactured in the Hudson Valley region of New York State (with a special focus on food)

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Speaker Biosketches." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults: Exploring the Impact of the Physical, Social, and Cultural Environment: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23496.
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through website, direct mail, and retail distribution. Earlier in her career, Ms. Gordon served as the Executive Director of Best Buddies International in Pennsylvania, and Director of Youth Markets for the American Heart Association in New York.

Craig Gundersen, Ph.D., is the Soybean Industry Endowed Professor in Agricultural Strategy in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois and Executive Director of the National Soybean Research Laboratory. He also is a member of the Technical Advisory Group of Feeding America® and is the lead researcher on the Map the Meal Gap project and is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Previously, he was at the Economic Research Service of the USDA and at Iowa State University. Dr. Gundersen’s research is primarily focused on the causes and consequences of food insecurity and on evaluations of food assistance programs. His work has been supported from various government and nongovernment sources including, the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, ConAgra Foods Foundation, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the AARP Foundation, American Beverage Association, Agency for International Development, Walmart Foundation, the USDA’s Economic Research Service, Merck Foundation, The Urban Institute, and the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service.

Denise K. Houston, Ph.D., R.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, with a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Houston’s research interests include the role of nutritional status, dietary patterns, and obesity and age-related changes in body composition on physical function in older adults. She is currently the Principal Investigator of the EVIDENCE vitamin D trial funded by the NIA to examine the effects of increasing 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations on neuromuscular deficits that are risk factors for falls in older adults. She is also a Co-Investigator on several NIH grants examining the effects of intentional weight loss on physical function in older adults with overweight and obesity. She is the author/coauthor of more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, primarily in the areas of nutrition, obesity/weight loss, body composition, and physical function. Dr. Houston received her Ph.D. in Nutrition, with a minor in Epidemiology, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received an M.S. degree in Foods and Nutrition and a B.S. degree in Nutrition Science from the University of Georgia.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Speaker Biosketches." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults: Exploring the Impact of the Physical, Social, and Cultural Environment: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23496.
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Kathryn Law, M.P.A., is the Director of the SNAP Research and Analysis Division at the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. She leads a multidisciplinary team responsible for the development, design, and execution of policy research and analysis for SNAP. Before becoming Director, she was the Chief of the SNAP Analysis Branch, where she oversaw the preparation of legislative, regulatory, and cost analyses related to SNAP. Ms. Law received a B.A. in Economics from Rice University and a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University.

Annette Maggi, M.S., R.D.N., L.D., F.A.N.D., is the President of Annette Maggi & Associates, Inc., a strategic nutrition marketing and communications consulting firm specializing in the interface between food manufacturers and retail grocers, and nutrition and regulatory issues. Ms. Maggi has extensive experience in and knowledge of the retail industry as well as individual chains and the current health and wellness offerings in the current shopping environment. Ms. Maggi has experience at Fortune 500 companies, including Pillsbury and General Mills, and extensive experience within the retail industry, including work with Target, NuVal LLC, and Vestcom. She is the Past Chair of the Food & Culinary Professionals Dietetic Practice Group and the Executive Director of the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance.

Simin Nikbin Meydani, D.V.M., Ph.D., serves as the Director of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. She is professor of Nutrition and Immunology at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the Tufts Sackler Graduate Program in Immunology. Dr. Meydani’s scientific interests include the impact of nutrition on the aging process and age-associated diseases, the role of nutrition on immune and inflammatory responses and predisposition to infectious diseases in developed and less-developed countries, on which she has published extensively. Her honors include the American Aging Association Denham Harman Lifetime Research Achievement Award, American Society of Nutrition (ASN) Herman Award in Clinical Nutrition, ASN Lederle Award in Human Nutrition Research, Fellow of Hedwig van Amerigen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine, American College of Nutrition Grace Goldsmith Award, International HERMES Vitamin Research Award, International Nutritional Immunology Group Award, and Iowa State University Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award. Meydani was the President of the American Society for Nutrition (June 2014-June 2015) and has served the academic, government, and corporate communities as President of the American Aging Association; member of NIH Geriatric Rehabilitation Study Section, Aging Systems and Geriatrics Study Section,

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Speaker Biosketches." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults: Exploring the Impact of the Physical, Social, and Cultural Environment: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23496.
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and Cellular Mechanism of Aging and Development Study Section; member of the USDA Human Nutrient Requirements for Optimal Health Program Grant Review Panel; member of United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization Expert Panel on Nutritional Requirements of the Elderly; member of NIH-funded Consortium Lipid Maps Scientific Advisory Committee, NIA Primate Calorie Restriction Project Advisory Board; Gerontological Society Nutrition Steering Committee; International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) North America Board of Trustees, Working Group of the Sackler Institute of Nutrition for Aging Populations, New York Academy of Sciences; editorial boards of several journals; chair of several Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology summer conferences and other international meetings.

Eileen Myers, M.P.H., is currently the Vice President, Retail Dietetics & Nutrition Solutions for The Little Clinic, a retail health care company operating more than 180 clinics inside Kroger grocery stores. Ms. Myers is responsible for successful execution of nutrition services in the clinics and stores. She also works with leadership on overall prevention and wellness services in close proximity with Kroger health and wellness initiatives. Before her current role, Ms. Myers was Vice President, Affiliations and Patient Centered Strategies for The Little Clinic, responsible for creating and developing clinical partnerships across the health care industry. She is a board member of the Convenient Care Association and is a co-author of the chapter “Collaboration and Partnership in the Convenient Care Setting” in the 2013 book Convenient Care Clinics: The Essential Guide for Clinicians, Managers, and Educators, a Springer Publication. She also has published a book by Helm Publishing called Winning the War Within: Nutrition Therapy for Clients with Eating Disorder, a teaching manual for clinicians working in the field of eating disorders (in print from 1999-2016). She has received numerous excellence in practice awards within the nutrition and dietetics profession. Ms. Myers received her M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina and her B.S. in nutrition from Pennsylvania State University.

Lita Proctor, Ph.D., is Program Director and responsible for coordination of the Human Microbiome Project (HMP). The HMP is an 8-year, trans-NIH Common Fund Initiative to create a toolbox of resources for this emerging field. During the first phase of HMP (2008-2012), resources that were developed included bacterial, viral, and fungal strains and their genome sequences, and phylogenetic and metagenomic sequence data from the microbiomes of healthy adults and from a collection of cohort studies of patients with specific gut, skin, or urogenital diseases. Computational tools for phylogenetic and metagenomic data analysis, and single cell ge-

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Speaker Biosketches." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults: Exploring the Impact of the Physical, Social, and Cultural Environment: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23496.
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nomics and novel cultivation approaches as well as ethical, legal, and social implications studies in human microbiome research rounded out the resources for this phase. For the second phase of HMP (2014-2016), an integrated data set of biological properties, to include transcripts, proteins and metabolites, from both the microbiome and host are being developed as a community resource. These data sets are being developed from three different systems—inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, and preterm birth—as exemplar models of microbiome-associated conditions or diseases. Computational tools to analyze these complex data sets also will be developed as a resource. Dr. Proctor joined the Division of Genomic Sciences in the Extramural Research Program in 2010. Before this, she served as Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Geosciences and the Biosciences Directorates, where she managed microbiological, bioinformatics, and research resources programs. She is formally trained in microbial ecology, was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in molecular microbial genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has held appointments at Florida State University and at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Irwin H. Rosenberg, M.D., is an internationally recognized leader in nutrition science. Dr. Rosenberg is a Senior Scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. He served for 15 years as the director of the Human Nutrition Research Center, which studies the interaction of aging and nutritional/dietary factors, as well as the way in which diet, nutrition, and physical activity can modulate or prevent degenerative diseases of aging. The focus of his research has been on vitamin metabolism, especially folate and cardiovascular disease, as well as stroke and cognitive decline. Rosenberg receives research support from NIH, the USDA, and the Foundation for Nutritional Advancement. As Dean and Professor, Rosenberg has been involved in nutrition and food policy issues, ranging from dietary guidelines and reference intakes to international nutrition recommendations for the elderly. Before joining Tufts, Dr. Rosenberg held faculty positions at the Harvard Medical School and at the University of Chicago, where he served as the first director of the Clinical Nutrition Research Center and helped develop a nutritional focus within the field of gastroenterology. He has served on the Food and Drug Administration Food Advisory Committee’s Subcommittee on Folic Acid and on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Subcommittee on Upper Reference Levels of Nutrients. He is a past chair of the Food and Nutrition Board. Among his many honors are the Josiah Macy Faculty Award, the Robert H. Herman Memorial Award of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, and the Bristol Myers Squibb/Mead Johnson Award for Distinguished Achieve-

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ment in Nutrition Research. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 1994 and became a university professor at Tufts in 2001. He was chair of a March 2003 World Health Organization Consultation on Guidelines for Food Fortification.

John Ruff, C.F.S., headed research and development (R&D) for International and North American businesses during his 36-year career with Kraft and the former General Foods, where he successfully integrated the technical operations of numerous acquisitions, established global centers of expertise, and led a worldwide advisory council consisting of external experts who helped guide Kraft’s health and wellness initiatives. He is a past president of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the ILSI and past chair of the former National Food Processors Association (NFPA). Mr. Ruff received his M.A. in Biochemistry and a B.A. in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

Hilary Seligman, M.D., M.A.S., serves as Senior Medical Advisor and Lead Scientist for Feeding America®. She is an Associate Professor in Residence at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the Departments of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and directs the Food Policy, Health, and Hunger Research Program for UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital. She also is the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network. Her research focuses on the health implications of food insecurity in the United States. She continues to practice Internal Medicine in San Francisco’s safety net hospital and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Seligman received her M.D. at Baylor College of Medicine, her Master of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research at UCSF, and her undergraduate training at Williams College.

Joseph R. Sharkey, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., serves as a Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences and Founding Director of the Program for Research and Outreach-Engagement on Nutrition and Health Disparities Solutions at the Texas A&M School of Public Health. Dr. Sharkey leads efforts to examine food insecurity—causes, consequences, and coping strategies—among children, adults, and older adults in rural and underserved areas. His current work focuses on the growing Mexican American and Mexican immigrant population along the United States border with Mexico. Dr. Sharkey is currently Principal Investigator on a USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture award to improve nutritional and physical health among families of Mexican heritage who reside in underserved areas along the Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas borders with Mexico. In addition to this work, Dr. Sharkey maintains extensive

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community collaborations to improve population health. His mixed methods approach to research and outreach has been supported by the AARP Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NIH, and the USDA. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Dr. Sharkey received his Ph.D. and M.P.H. degrees from the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health.

Kali S. Thomas, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor (Research) of Health Services, Policy and Practice at Brown University’s School of Public Health, and a Research Health Science Specialist in the Center of Innovation for Long-Term Services and Supports at the Providence Veteran Affairs Medical Center. Thomas’ research focuses on identifying ways to improve the quality of life of older adults needing long-term services and supports. Funded by the VA, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the NIA, and AARP Foundation, she has led research projects related to the quality of care delivered in long-term care facilities and the role of home- and community-based services in preventing or postponing nursing home placement. She received her Ph.D. in Aging Studies from the University of South Florida and completed an AHRQ-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Brown University Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research.

Irene H. Yen, Ph.D., M.P.H., is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology & Biostatistics at UCSF. She also is the research director for the Department of Medicine at Alameda Health System/Highland Hospital, the county safety net provider. Dr. Yen’s research focuses on the social determinants of health, in particular place, race, and socioeconomic status. She has conducted quantitative and qualitative studies to investigate how place influences health for older adults and adolescents, with a focus on diet and physical activity. Currently, she is a co-investigator of a study investigating organizational processes and patient engagement for people with multiple chronic conditions and high health care utilization in a safety net setting. Dr. Yen received her doctorate in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley (UCB). She received a M.P.H. in epidemiology and biostatistics from UCB. She has Bachelor degrees in Medical Microbiology and Political Science from Stanford University.

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Older adults are a growing demographic group in the United States, and a range of physical, social, financial, and cultural factors affect their nutritional status. Metabolic and physiologic changes that accompany normal aging modify the nutritional requirements of older adults. An examination of evidence is needed to better understand how nutritional status is associated with aging and risk of mortality or chronic disease among older adults. Underpinning many, if not most, nutritional problems in older adults is socioeconomic status. Therefore, understanding access challenges to healthy food, including geographic, financial, and transportation barriers, also is needed to better understand how to meet the nutritional needs of older adults.

On October 28-29, 2015, the Food and Nutrition Board convened a workshop, Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults, in Washington, DC. Participants examined factors in the physical, social, and cultural environment that affect the ability of older adults to meet their daily dietary needs. This report summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

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