Save the Date: NIH Workshop on “Advancing Health Equity Through Culture-Centered Dietary Interventions to Address Chronic Diseases"

September 07, 2023

Evidence-based dietary approaches are associated with health benefits such as lowered blood pressure, improved lipid profiles, reduced cardiovascular disease incidence, decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, and decreased risk for several cancers and cancer mortality. The strength of these associations and dietary patterns varies by race and ethnicity, which is critically important in our culturally diverse nation. 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will host a free virtual workshop, “Advancing Health Equity Through Culture-Centered Dietary Interventions to Address Chronic Diseases,” on September 28 and 29, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. ET. 

The workshop will present the state of the science and potential future research directions on the development and implementation of culture-centered dietary interventions among diverse communities. Culturally appropriate nutrition indices and guidelines will also be presented, as well as considerations of cultural foodways and sociocultural factors (e.g., acculturation) in implementing effective dietary interventions.

The workshop will also include flash talk presentations of top-scoring abstract submissions from researchers across the career spectrum, including academia, research institutions, community organizations, food industry and agencies, government agencies, and other nutrition- or health-related entities.

The workshop is co-chaired by Josiemer Mattei, PhD, MPH, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Brie Turner-McGrievy, PhD, RDN, of the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health.

For more information and to register for this free workshop, visit

Contacts for questions: Alison Brown ( and Tanya Agurs-Collins (