Canadian Malnutrition Awareness Week™ Webinar Line-up 

Malnutrition in the Community

September 23, 1200 - 1300 hours EDT

Speakers: Heather Keller, PhD, RD, Professor, University of Waterloo; Leslie Whittington-Carter, MHS, RD.  Public Affairs Manager, Dietitians of Canada 

Title: Malnutrition in the community: current practice and a way forward

Description: Recognizing that hospital malnutrition often begins in the community, CMTF will be hosting a week of seminars focused on moving practice forward with respect to nutrition care, and specifically the prevention and detection of malnutrition in the community setting. This first webinar will review literature on malnutrition prevalence as well as gaps in care. Models of nutrition care and screening examined in the literature will be presented. This webinar will also seek your input through a discussion on how all regions in Canada can move forward with preventing and detecting malnutrition in primary care settings. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the gaps in current community nutrition care and dietetic service across Canada.
  2. Summarize effective models of care that have been evaluated in peer reviewed literature.
  3. Reflect on how gaps in care can be addressed with current and evolving models of community nutrition care.

This webinar is presented in English. Speaker bios available here.


September 24, 1200 - 1300 hours EDT

Speakers: Leila Goharian, MSc. RD. CDE., Community Home Health Care Dietitian, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority; Jaya Ramamurthy, M.Sc. RD., Consulting Dietitian, Supportive Living Program, Alberta Health Services

TitleNutrition Screening in Home Health, Home Care and Supportive Living


Canadian healthcare system currently focuses on transitioning patients from hospital to home. As health care shifts towards the home setting, practices to detect, prevent and treat malnutrition are of increasing importance. The prevalence of malnutrition living in the community (home and supportive living) clients is well established. Therefore, it stands to reason then that screening by clinicians and intervention by an RD in the home situation can prevent severe malnutrition, decrease readmissions and complexity of care.

The first presentation will take you on the Vancouver Community Health Centres’ journey of successfully implementing a nutrition screening tool across six centres. We will describe the research conducted, benefits of knowledge translation, the pros and cons of our model and challenges with sustainability. The second presentation will take you through the selection and development of a feasible model for screening in the Alberta Health System home care and supportive living services. Two screening algorithms established around a nutrition care protocol will be described and how they would be implemented.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Summarize the prevalence of malnutrition in home care/supportive care settings.
  2. Identify Canadian models of nutrition risk screening in these settings with respect to development and acceptance to promote feasibility and sustainability.
  3. Describe the success and challenges experienced in putting these models into practice and their impact on practice.

This webinar is presented in English. Speaker bios available here.


September 25, 1200 - 1300 hours EDT

Speaker: Marg Alfieri, RD, FDC - Associate Professor, McMaster University; Nicole Del Fiacco, RD - Niagara Health and the Niagara North Family Health Team; Colleen Einarson, RD - Regional Manager Clinical Nutrition-Community, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority; Dayna Weiten, RD - Site Lead, Clinical Nutrition, Grace Hospital, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Title: Transitions from hospital to home: Building models for continuity of nutrition care

Description: This webinar will describe the circumstances that exist in a tertiary care centre and the connection to Primary Care Providers and  community-based nutrition services that led to the development and evaluation of this project. The implementation of all aspects of malnutrition care and navigation to dietitians in the community was funded within existing resources. The results and our conclusions show that it is possible to make progress in the transition to home for malnourished patients with a highly connected system, good communication and creative thinking.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the risk and opportunity of vertical integration of dietitians within a community across practice settings.
  2. Understand the role of the dietitian and the circumstances that are needed in order to discharge a patient with malnutrition to Primary Care Providers and nutrition services in the community.
  3. Know that systems change can start small and be initiated during times of intense transition and without a dedicated budget.

This webinar is presented in English. Speaker bios available here.


September 25, 1330 - 1500 hours EDT

Lessons Learned from Canada in Implementing a Nutrition Screening Program
Heather Keller, PhD, RD, Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging, Research Chair Nutrition & Aging, Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Systematized, Interdisciplinary, Malnutrition Program for impLementation and Evaluation; a SIMPLE approach to improving inpatient malnutrition care
Jack Bell, PhD, Adv/APD. Advanced Dietitian, Conjoint Principal Research Fellow & MRFF Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellow. School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, The University of Queensland & Allied Health, The Prince Charles Hospital, Metro North HHS, Chermside, Queensland, Australia

Title: Implementing Nutrition Screening: Lessons Learned in Facilitating Practice Change

Description: This Malnutrition Awareness Week™ event is a combined effort between ASPEN and the Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS). Nutrition professionals recognize that team-based practice is needed to identify and address multifactorial malnutrition yet engaging the multidisciplinary team in nutrition care activities is limited. CNS via the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force has successfully implemented a broad-based nutrition screening, diagnosis, and treatment program and have engaged the multidisciplinary team in nutrition care. Similarly, the Systematized, Interdisciplinary Malnutrition Program for Implementation and Evaluation (SIMPLE) in Australia has modified nutrition care process roles by increasing delegation, skill sharing, and systems based interventions for inpatients screened 'at risk' of malnutrition. This has demonstrated more timely and efficient inpatient nutrition interventions, improved patient reported outcomes and experience measures, has supported dietitians to meet increased service demand associated with improved screening practices. These examples of how improvements in care process can be achieved will be of interest to webinar attendees.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe lessons learned implementing and evaluation a nutrition screening program.
  2. Outline how to facilitate practice change in the context of nutrition care and activities.
  3. Apply nutrition screening and practice changes. 

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This webinar, presented in English, is being hosted in partnership with: 

September 26, 1200 - 1300 hours EDT

Speakers: Michele MacDonald Werstuck, RD MSC CDE, Nutrition Program Coordinator, Certified Diabetes Educator at Hamilton Family Health Team, Ancaster, Ontario; Sheny Khera, MD, Site Director, Misericordia Family Medicine Centre, Edmonton; Marjan Abbasi, MD, Site Lead for the Geriatrics Program, Misericordia Community Hospital, Edmonton

Title: Primary care models for nutrition screening: What works?

Description: Malnutrition in seniors is happening in our communities negatively impacting on rates of falls, hospitalizations, re-admissions and morbidity and mortality. Estimated costs of malnutrition in Canada are high accounting for $2 Billion of $25 Billion Canadian hospital budget due to longer hospital stays, frequent re-admissions and higher in-hospital mortality. The population of seniors is growing in Canada with approximately 9 million seniors over 65 years of age expected by 2031 according to Statistic Canada. Primary care teams are looking closer at senior malnutrition in the community and coming up with creative ways to identify seniors at nutritional and falls risk and link to team services in a more timely way. Join this webinar to hear more about the screening efforts happening in family health teams and primary care networks across Canada and walk away with tips and tools to use in your practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Become familiar with the evidence of why we need to focus more attention on older adults at nutritional risk.
  2. Cite malnutrition screening efforts happening across Canada to detect and correct malnutrition in vulnerable seniors in primary care.
  3. Apply malnutrition tips and tools to begin screening in practice including validated screening tools and custom EMR malnutrition forms to standardize documentation and outcome measurement.

This webinar is presented in English. Speaker bios available here.


September 27, 1200 - 1300 hours EDT

Speaker: Mélissa Mercier, PDt/RD Dietitian-Nutritionist in Private Practice and Home Support, Québec City

Title: La malnutrition en première ligne au Canada (Malnutrition in Canada: on the front lines)

Description: Malnutrition in the community is a major issue in Canada and the impacts are many, not only on the health of those suffering from it but also on the economy of the entire population. This webinar provides an overview of the topics broached throughout the week. It will begin with a discussion of the prevalence of malnutrition as described in the literature and then look at shortcomings in the screening, identification and treatment of malnutrition. Different care models used in Canada to screen and treat malnutrition and for the transition from hospital to home will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe malnutrition, its prevalence in the community and its impacts

2. Describe existing models of care in Canada

3. Identify opportunities for improvement in the prevention, identification and treatment of malnutrition in the community

This webinar is presented in French. Speaker bio available here.


Malnutrition Awareness Week™ is a mark of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN). Used with permission from ASPEN. 

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