Howard University’s Department of Nutritional Sciences for our annual Health Disparities Symposium

Posted by Clishia Taylor March 10, 2021

This symposium will be virtual and will feature presentations from esteemed speakers and students on nutrition disparities. This event is open to all healthcare professionals, educators, and students, and we are pleased to offer 3 free CEUs to all Registered/Licensed Dietitian Nutritionists (pending CDR approval).

Topics include:

  1. Using Telehealth Data and Advances to Inform Policy on the Health, Economic Status, and Quality of Life of Underserved Populations
  2. Neighborhood Social Environment as a Determinant of Obesity – Lessons Learned Through Community Engagement
  3. Strengthening the Community through Public Health Nutrition: How a Local Agency WIC Program Managed Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our Speakers:

Dr. Clishia Taylor DMIN, MBA, RN, I-CTTP, CDI is the Director of Global Health Access Institute (GHA) Institute an online virtual training learning management system that provides certifications in telemedicine and telehealth. She is the President and CEO of American Health Care Professionals (AHCP). She brings compassion, leadership, and commitment to the companies’ vision. Taylor, originally born and raised in New Rochelle, NY now currently resides in the Washington DC area. She earned her Bachelors of Science (BSN) in Nursing from the College of New Rochelle. She earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA), specializing in Health Care Administration and Finance from the University of Connecticut. She received her Doctor of Ministry (DMIN) with a specialty in health care ministry at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. In 1994 she worked for the White House on the National Health Care Reform, where she completed her internship. She has over 30 years of experience in the health care field. She worked as a psychiatric nurse at Yale New Haven Hospital and Director of Quality Assurance for a nursing facility in Washington DC. In 1995 she founded American Health Care Professionals – a home health and hospice company in Great Falls, Virginia. In 2009, the company’s vision expanded to include a comprehensive, patient-centric model inclusive of Home Health, Hospice, Telehealth, Mobile Health, Global Health, and Wellness Programs. Dr. Taylor was an early adopter of telehealth in community health care and was the first in the DC Metro area. She is co-chair and trustee of Bless My People Foundation (BMP) a non-profit organization that provides multiple services and consultations for the underserved communities both in the US and the global communities. In addition, BMP provides multiple programs including Innovative health care solutions and call centers. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Health Care Pulse E-Magazine which is a 21st-century health care magazine. Today, Taylor is actively involved in the expansion of health care services both domestically and internationally.

Dr. Tiffany M. Powell-Wiley MD, MPH, FAHA is an Earl Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator at the National Institutes of Health with a joint appointment in the Cardiovascular Branch of the Division of Intramural Research at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. From 2011 to 2017, Dr. Powell-Wiley was an Assistant Clinical Investigator at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. From 2011- 2014, she had a joint appointment in the Office of the Associate Director of the Applied Research Program of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Powell-Wiley is chief of the Social Determinants of Obesity and Cardiovascular Risk Laboratory, which is currently focused on three main research goals as they work to improve cardiometabolic health in high-risk communities in Washington, D.C. Their first goal is to delineate mechanisms by which neighborhood environment influences the development of obesity, diabetes, and other markers of cardiometabolic risk. Their second goal is to identify methods for incorporating mobile health technology to address behaviors associated with poor cardiometabolic health in resource-limited environments. The research group’s final goal is to identify and characterize physiologic pathways influenced by the chronic stress that comes from living in adverse neighborhood conditions, ultimately elucidating pathways linked to cardiometabolic risk phenotypes and most responsive to targeted health behavior interventions. This research program is designed to leverage community-based participatory research principles, epidemiologic methods, and translational approaches to harness emerging technologies in improving the cardiometabolic health of at-risk, underserved communities most impacted by health disparities.

Chesney Blue, MPH, RDN, is a nationally known, award-winning Registered Dietitian Nutritionist working in the food & nutrition industry for over 15 years. Chesney brings expertise in nutrition education, public health, and clinical nutrition to diverse audiences across the state of NJ as Coordinator for the City of East Orange’s WIC Program and co-owner of Blue Counseling and Wellness Center, nutrition and mental health private practice focusing on the needs of Black women and their families. She is a past president of the New Jersey Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a 2200+ professional member organization for nutrition professionals that educates citizens of NJ about healthy food and nutrition choices and is the largest organization for food and nutrition professionals in the state of NJ. During her tenure as president, she led the organization into a new management and technology system, raised awareness of public health nutrition policy issues statewide, increased member participation on committees and at events, created leadership training for board members, and increased community outreach and diversity efforts. She has presented and led seminars on a variety of nutrition-related topics to physicians, students, and community organizations. Past work and leadership experiences include being a clinical dietitian at East Orange General Hospital, providing home care nutrition assessments to the elderly within Essex County, conducted outpatient nutrition counseling at a medical facility, and has taught diabetes classes for a faith-based wellness program with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Somerset. She served as the New Jersey Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ public policy coordinator from 2009-2014, in which she coordinated grassroots efforts to promote federal food and nutrition policies that affect residents of NJ. In 2011, Chesney was awarded the New Jersey Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year and 2016 Rutgers University Maternal Child Health fellowship.



8:50 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.


Admission of guest speakers and attendees

  Introduction of Event
9:00 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. Oluwakemi Adeola, Ph.D., RD, LD – Clinical Coordinator

9:10 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Gina Brown, Ph.D., RN, MSA, FAAN – Dean, College of Nursing and

  Allied Health Sciences
9:15 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.  

Welcome Address

  Allan Johnson, Ph.D., FASAHP – Professor and Interim Chair
Keynote Speaker
9:25 a.m. to 10:05 a.m. Using telehealth data and advances to inform policy on the health, economic
  status, and quality of life of underserved populations
  Clishia Taylor, DMIN, MBA, RN, I-CTTP, CDI

10:05 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Q & A Session
Second Speaker
10:20 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.




10:50 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Neighborhood Social Environment as a Determinant of Obesity – Lessons Learned Through Community Engagement

Tiffany M. Powell-Wiley, MD, MPH, FAHA


Q & A Session

Third Speaker
11:05 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. Strengthening the Community through Public Health Nutrition: How a Local
  Agency WIC Program Managed Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  Chesney Blue, MPH, RDN

11:35 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Q & A Session

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.