268. The Building Blocks of Injustice: Understanding the Complex Connections Between Race, Poverty, Hunger and Health Disparities

2019 FNCE Sessions recordings

This session educates on how race, poverty, hunger, health disparities and environmental injustice are intricately linked in the US.

  • SKU FNCE19268
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This products is free for those who attended FNCE® 2019.

Poor and minority communities bear an unequal burden from hazardous environmental exposures and agricultural waste. People of color are also more likely to live in food deserts and face issues of food insecurity. The recent water crisis in Michigan are evidence of these disparities. In alignment with the United Nations (UN) position that food and water is a human right, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics believes that all people should have access to a safe food and water supply. However, a recent report from the UN highlighted ways that the United States falls short among developed countries, contributing to racial and ethnic health disparities. This panel session will educate attendees on how race, poverty, hunger, health disparities and environmental injustice are intricately linked in the US. Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of these issues and learn how RDNs and nutrition professionals can play a role in advocating for positive change.

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CPEU: 1.5
CPE Level: 3 - Advanced
Learning Need Codes: 4070, 8018, 1070

Performance Indicators:

  • 7.1.2 Advocates for and maintains awareness of safety policies and procedures.
  • 7.2.4 Identifies and analyzes insecurities in food and water system.
  • 8.2.5 Keeps abreast of, advocates for and integrates knowledge of national and local funding models that impact the population and services provided.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe ways race and environmental injustice have historically impacted water and food access in the US.
  • Explain at least three facts regarding the water crisis experienced by Michigan residents and its impact on racial and ethnic health disparities.
  • Outline ways to become advocates for ensuring food and water as a human right.


  • Alison Brown, MS, PhD


  • Jill Johnston, PhD
  • Jill White, EdD, RDN, LDN
  • Winona Bynum, RDN, PMP
  • SKU FNCE19268