Conferences & Webinars

Spring Conference

Check back soon for more details about our spring conference 2022!

Fall Conference

See the Webinars tab for our Friday Forums 5-webinar series that takes the place of the in-person Fall Conference.

Friday Forums Webinar Series

Back by popular demand, our Friday Forums Webinar Series! In place of our in-person Fall Conference, we will host five webinars from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on the Fridays listed below. We have some interesting topics and dynamic speakers and we invite and encourage you to attend all the webinars.

Register today and get a chance to earn a FREE webinar!

As an appreciation and thank you to our members, MiAND is awarding a free webinar to one winner at each of our webinars! Could YOU be the lucky winner?
Here’s how it works: At the end of the presentation, our MiAND moderator will choose a number from within the range of registrations. The registrant attached to that number will receive free registration for a future webinar. Note: the winner must be on the webinar when the name is announced.

Plus, a bonus! Stay connected for peer discussion! Please join us if you can stay on after the webinars for Peer Discussion and the opportunity to decompress and reflect on the presentations. These 20-30 minute sessions will be hosted by our moderating team.  Join us if you can!

Special 5-Webinar Package for Members! Purchase all 5 webinars as a package and save 20% off the price of individual webinars!

  • MiAND Active Members
    • 5-Webinar package: $60 (a 20% savings!)
    • One webinar: $15
  • MiAND Retirees, Dietetic Students and Interns
    • 5-webinar package: $50 (a 20% savings!)
    • One webinar: $12
  • Non-members: Includes Michigan non-members, other Academy Affiliate members, and other non-RDN professionals
    • One webinar: $20

Not a member? Join the Academy today to receive our member webinar prices!

Get the benefit of a Two for One – Academy and Michigan Academy membership. To be eligible for member webinar pricing you must join before registering and at least 2 weeks before the scheduled webinar (by September 24, 2021).

Go to: www.eatrightpro.org/Join or call the Academy Member Service Center at (800) 877-1600 Ext. 5000.

Presenter

  • Casey J. Coker, MA, MS, LMFT, LPC

Presentation Highlights

Join Casey in this powerful session to help you improve your mental health both professionally and personally as Casey describes the mental health challenges that impact you in everyday life. Don’t miss the opportunity to join in the conversation!

Learning Objectives

  • Define mental health and describe the ways in which it impacts our lives.
  • Describe how unaddressed mental health challenges can impact us at work.
  • Identify ways to better manage our mental health and to support others in managing their mental health at work.

Continuing Education

  • Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 2.1.1, 3.1.1, 4.1.1, 4.1.4, 4.2.2, 4.2.8
  • Level 2
  • This webinar is accredited by CDR for 1 CPEU; Includes recording

About the Presenter

Casey J. Coker, MA, MS, LMFT, LPC  

Casey is employed as Psychotherapist/Clinical Behavioral Health Trainer for Bronson in the department of Community Health, Equity and Inclusion. Casey has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Ferris State University and a Master of Arts degree in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. She also completed a Master of Science Degree from Purdue University in Human Development and Family Studies. Casey has a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at local, state, and national professional conferences.

Presenter

  • Robert Britton, PhD

Presentation Highlights

In this seminar, Dr. Britton will discuss the latest research on understanding how the human diet impacts the microbes that inhabit our gut and how this impacts health. Alterations in the human diet over the past 100 years have had a significant impact on the gut microbiome and human disease. Emerging research supports that resetting your gut microbiome via the diet is a novel therapeutic route for improving health.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how the bacteria in the intestinal tract impact human health.
  • Learn about how alterations in the diet impacts the gut microbiome.
  • Discuss ways that scientists and physicians are working to improve human health by modulating diet: microbiome interactions.

Continuing Education

  • Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:  8.1.1, 8.1.2, 8.3.6, 8.3.7
  • Level 2
  • This webinar is accredited by CDR for 1 CPEU; Includes recording

About the Presenter

Robert Britton, PhD

Dr. Britton is a professor in the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine.

Presenter

  • Mary Purdy, MS, RDN

Presentation Highlights

With the growing concerns around environmental degradation and climate change, the role that the RDN can play in promoting a more sustainable food system is as important as ever. Numerous reports have determined that how we currently grow, produce and waste food are contributing factors to the environmental crisis, but may also be part of the solution. Many of these issues around sustainability have human health implications as well, making dietitians perfectly positioned to be an integral part of the conversation.  This presentation will outline the impacts of our current food system on the environment from production to consumption, highlight programs working towards effective advances, and provide realistic ways dietitians can make a difference in their workplaces, communities as well as a variety of other unconventional avenues to encourage dietary habits that are more environmentally sustainable and health-promoting

Learning Objectives

  • Identify three ways the current industrial food and agricultural systems negatively impact the environment and contribute to climate change
  • Describe three ways that a more sustainable food system can better support both planetary and human health and help to mitigate climate change
  • Implement three sustainability strategies to help institutions/organizations or individuals reduce their carbon footprint or “foodprint” and support human health.

Continuing Education

  • Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:  2.1, 7.2.6, 8.4.1
  • Level 2
  • This webinar is accredited by CDR for 1 CPEU; Includes recording

About the Presenter

Mary Purdy, MS, RDN

Mary is an Integrative Eco-Dietitian with a Master’s Degree from Bastyr University where she is currently adjunct faculty. She has been in clinical practice for over 12 years using a personalized medicine and functional nutrition approach and speaks regularly at health and nutrition conferences all over the country and online on a variety of nutrition-related topics including the intersection between sustainable food systems and human health. She serves on the boards of The Planetary Health Collective, as well as the Dietetic Practice Groups, Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, and Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine. She hosts the podcast The Nutrition Show and authored the books Serving the Broccoli Gods and The Microbiome Diet Reset. She is a trained Climate Reality Leader and a consultant working with organizations to create a sustainable and resilient food system that supports planetary health and helps to mitigate climate change. Her website is www.marypurdy.co

Presenter

  • Andrea Woolley, MA, RDN

Presentation Highlights

Weight bias and diet culture can be present within healthcare settings. Being able to identify how these concepts affect patient care and nutrition counseling is imperative. This lecture will help dietitians strengthen their skills in building trust and rapport with patients through the use of appropriate language when discussing weight management concepts.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize weight bias and diet culture within healthcare settings.
  • Strengthen counseling skills and determine appropriate language and build rapport with clients/patients when discussing weight management.
  • Effectively communicate with physicians and other healthcare professionals when discussing nutrition care plan for patients/clients.

Continuing Education

  • Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:  1.3.1, 1.3.3, 3.2.2, 6.1, 8.1.5, 8.3.7, 9.4.4
  • Level 2
  • This webinar is accredited by CDR for 1 CPEU; Includes recording

About the Presenter

Andrea Woolley, MA, RDN

Andrea started her career at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital as an inpatient dietitian while also working in the Heart Failure Clinic within the hospital. Angela currently works at Bronson Methodist Hospital and Bronson Cardiac Rehabilitation as a clinical outpatient dietitian.

Presenters

  • Katherine Kloss, RDN, CDCES and Robin Nwankwo, MPH, RDN, CDCES

Learning Objectives

  • Define patient empowerment as part of a patient-centered approach.
  • Describe the impact of diabetes distress, depression and stigma on personal goals and treatment targets.
  • Identify two strategies to facilitate patient empowerment when providing nutrition counseling.

Continuing Education

  • Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:  1.1.4, 1.3.1, 2.1, 9.1.3, 9.4, 9.5, 9.6
  • Level 2
  • This webinar is accredited by CDR for 1 CPEU; Includes recording

About the Presenters

Katherine Kloss, RDN, CDCES

Katherine is a program manager at the University of Michigan School of Social Work where she manages research studies focused on older Black men’s health, trains peer leaders in the empowerment approach, and collaborates on manuscripts with other research professionals.

Robin Nwankwo, MPH, RDN, CDCES

As a 25-year research dietitian and diabetes educator, Robin has worked on NIH-funded and foundation-funded grants exploring peer-led support and diabetes education self-management/support, collaboratively authoring several manuscripts, standards, and practice guidelines for dietitians and diabetes educators.