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About the Nutrition Academic Award (NAA) Program
The Nutrition Academic Award (NAA) is a 5-year grant awarded to successful applicant schools of medicine and osteopathy throughout the U.S. The award was developed in 1997 by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to encourage development or enhancement of medical school curricula to increase opportunities for students, house staff, faculty, and practicing physicians to learn nutrition principles and clinical practice skills with an emphasis on preventing cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. A second objective was to provide a curricular guide, training modules, and other teaching and assessment tools for dissemination to other medical schools as well as other health care professional schools.
The first ten NAA awards were funded in 1998 by NHLBI in response to an RFA. NHLBI funded nine more grants in 2000 and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) funded two. Although NHLBI has supported a number of other academic award programs addressing various topics in medical school curricula since 1970, this is the first academic award to focus primarily on nutrition.
The first class of NAA Awardees (1998-2003) involves medical schools at Albert Einstein, Brown University, Northwestern University, Tufts University, University of Alabama, University of Iowa, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and the University of Washington.
The second class of NAA Awardees (2000-2005) involves Columbia University, Harvard University, Mercer University, Stanford University, University of Arkansas, University of Colorado, University of Maryland, University of Nevada, University of Texas/Houston, University of Vermont, and the University of Wisconsin.
The NAA Program Office is administered at NHLBI. An Administrative structure was established including a Steering Committee and a number of Committees and Working Groups. The administrative structure enhances networking between the NAA medical schools and teams, promotes collaborative development of teaching materials and assessment tools, and provides a mechanism for the development of a Nutrition Curriculum Guide for Training Physicians (for undergraduate and graduate medical education). The Guide will be posted when the first edition is completed in December 2000 or early in 2001. The Guide will have 21 sections and learning objectives for the content and practice skills for each section of these areas.
The NAA Program is collaborating with other groups that also are working in the area of nutrition training for physicians. For further information contact any of the NAA investigators or the NAA Program Director:
Charlotte Pratt, Ph.D., R.D.