November 17, 2011

PSR, in collaboration with the American Medical Association, Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), and Kaiser Permanente, presented a free national webinar series for physicians and other health care professionals through the Food Matters Program. SF Bay Area PSR President Dr. Robert Gould moderated each of the three webinars. Approximately 80 people attended each webinar, comprised primarily of dieticians, but some physicians from around the country participated as well.

The following topics were presented: 1) Clinical Guidance to Help Your Patients Make Healthier Food Choices; 2) The Role of the Environment and How to Promote Greener and Cleaner Food for Maternal and Child Health; and 3) The Role of Physicians and Other Health Care Professionals in Creating a Healthier Food System.

Participants were able to receive CME credits for participating, and those who did not participate in the live webinars can also receive CME credits by listening to them online for up to 1 year.

The webinar series is part of the larger Food Matters project, which was launched as a pilot program in the last year. SF Bay Area PSR is one of the coordinators of the nationwide program and developed the curriculum  with HCWH and the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment at UCSF.  Lucia Sayre, SF Bay Area PSR Co-Director, said, “The project has ballooned. We were initially only going to offer three half-day in-person trainings in Oakland, Boston, and Philadelphia, but we now have trainings scheduled for Portland, OR and Grand Rapids, MI, and already hosted a Grand Round series in Oakland. In 2012, we plan on translating our curriculum into Spanish to offer it as part of Promotoras (community health workers) trainings. People are clamoring for this information. Once they hear about this kind of curriculum and training opportunity, there’s a great deal of interest. It’s a fairly new topic.” For more information about Food Matters, click here.