Leveraging Nutrition Every Step of the Way: Addressing Nutrition Equity and Early Intervention Strategies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Program Date: 16 October 2021
Publication Date: 24 February 2022
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll learn the role of nutrition, social determinants, and health equity in the presence of COVID-19; examine the prehabilitation model and the role nutrition plays in optimizing functional and clinical outcomes in specialized populations; and identify challenges for COVID-19 patients with chronic conditions. Originally presented at FNCE 2021 on October 16, 2021.

Course Objectives:

• Discuss the role of nutrition, social determinants, and health equity in the presence of COVID-19. 
• Examine the prehabilitation model and the role nutrition plays in optimizing functional and clinical outcomes in specialized populations. 
• Identify challenges for COVID-19 patients with chronic conditions and explore how to leverage outpatient care.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Performance Indicators: 8.1.2, 8.2.1, 12.2.1
  • Run Time: 68

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Cordialis Msora-Kasago, MA, RDN

Regional Nutrition Manager, Sodexo 
Founder, The African Pot Nutrition 
Menifee, CA, USA
Cordialis Msora-Kasago is the Founder of The African Pot Nutrition, a nutrition consultancy that improves the health of people of African descent through diet and lifestyle changes. She is also a Regional Nutrition Manager for Sodexo, a role in which she develops innovative programs and supports clinical nutrition functions for hospitals across the Western United States. This role allows her to help dietitians improve care, not only within the walls of the hospitals but also outside, through effective community facing initiatives. Cordialis is a National Media Spokesperson for The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a contributing nutrition expert for a wide variety of media and magazines including Food & Nutrition Magazine and healthline.com. She is a graduate of the California State University, Los Angeles’ Nutritional Sciences program and holds a Master’s of Arts in African Area Studies with an emphasis on Public Health.
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Chelsia Gillis, MSc, PhD, RD, CNSC

Postdoctoral Scholar 
Anesthesia Department, McGill University 
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Dr Chelsia Gillis is a registered dietitian. She has expertise in surgical metabolism, surgical nutrition, Prehabilitation, Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, epidemiology, and patient engagement. She received her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Calgary and is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Dr Gillis has been a collaborator and principal investigator for several Canadian dietetic and nutrition research trials. Her current research includes collaboration to understand which factors influence functional capacity in personalized Prehabilitation for older patients scheduled for colorectal cancer surgery with malnutrition and/or low physical performance. Additionally, Dr Gillis has authored/coauthored many articles in peer-reviewed journals.
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Alexandro Zarruk, MD, MSc, FACP, FRCPC

Medical Director 
West Island Metabolic Unit 
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Dr Alexandro Ricardo Zarruk has been practicing medicine in Montreal, Canada since 2012. He is associated with the Lakeshore General Hospital. His practice is in the field of metabolic medicine including Diabetes, Dyslipidemia, Dysthyroidism and Obesity Medicine. He was trained in internal medicine at Boston University and then completed his training at the University of Ottawa. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physician and Surgeon of Canada and a fellow of the American College of Physician. He is a diplomate of American Board of Internal Medicine and he is a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. He is an executive member of the Montreal chapter of Obesity Canada.
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Abbott Nutrition Health Institute is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing Provider #CEP 11213.

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