CSHCN Nutrition Network

Contact: Sarah Harsh (sbharsh@uw.edu), Mari Mazon (lilmaro@uw.edu)
Core Function: Information Dissemination, Technical Assistance and Outreach Training

The Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Nutrition Network project is designed to improve the availability of quality, community-based nutrition services for children with special health care needs in Washington State. This objective is achieved through providing ongoing training opportunities and resources to over 200 registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) in Washington State who provide nutrition services to children with special health care needs. The CSHCN Nutrition Network strengthens the capacity of RDNs to effectively respond to the nutrition needs of families and children with special health care needs.

The CSHCN Nutrition Network activities include an annual one-day workshop reaching 75 network members (RDNs) for continuing education and information exchange, an annual 2.5 hour webinar for continuing education, and opportunities to participate in other webinars designed for the pediatric focused RDN.  Membership in the Nutrition Network begins with an initial two-day training; to increase workforce capacity yearly trainings are provided.  Network members come from a variety of employment settings including local health departments, community clinics, hospitals, early intervention centers and home health agencies. New members are selected based on pre-defined community needs and demographics. Learn More at: http://depts.washington.edu/cshcnnut/