Institute of Child Nutrition Gains and Grows

2017-08-30

It’s official! the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) has instated a new Executive Director, Aleshia Hall-Campbell. ICN was established by Congress in 1989 as the only federally funded national center dedicated to applied research, education and technical assistance for child nutrition programs. It is part of the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Mississippi (UM).

Prior to her appointment as acting director of ICN, which she held for the past two years before recently solidifying the role, Hall-Campbell was the Institute’s associate director of cooperative agreements. She holds a doctorate in higher education leadership from UM, a Master of Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center and a bachelor’s degree from Jackson State University.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to step into this capacity,” Hall-Campbell said in a press release. “Serving in the acting capacity got my feet wet. …I’m focused on how we can move forward and be a major resource in this field.”

Hall-Campbell is ICN’s first African-American executive director. “It’s humbling,” she acknowledged. “I don’t want that to be the focus, but I do want to acknowledge it and step in to be a role model and also open the door of opportunity for everyone.”

In tandem with the announcement of Hall-Campbell’s appointment, ICN revealed it had entered into an agreement with the American Heart Association. “We want to work collaboratively to develop heart-healthy resources, which is major factor in combating childhood obesity these days,” Hall-Campbell explained. Both entities are already artnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “What’s Shaking?” and “Team Up for School Nutrition Success” programs to assist child nutrition operators in reducing sodium in foods through various best practices and peer-to-peer mentoring.

“We’re trying to expand partnerships with allied organizations to continue providing high-quality training and resources for nutrition professionals,” Hall-Campbell added. “We want to continue to make resources available in various modalities and formats like online courses, videos, webinars, face-to-face training, fact sheets and infographics.” 

To learn more about the ICN’s resources, visit www.theicn.org.

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