Toolkit: Providing Culturally Inclusive Nutrition Services to Diverse Older Adults

Senior nutrition programs are increasingly charged with meeting the needs of diverse communities. According to federal data, racial and ethnic minority populations served by the Aging Network have increased from 7.5 million (19% of the older adult population) in 2008 to 12.3 million in 2019 (23% of older adults). Increasingly, senior nutrition program professionals need to have the training and resources required to support the provision of culturally inclusive and welcoming services. Recent findings from a national training needs assessment survey revealed a keen interest among senior nutrition program providers on this topic.

Attendees joined the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging (NRCNA) on Tuesday, December 8 to review foundational equity, diversity and inclusion vocabulary, and concepts. During this webinar, attendees gained insights into one state’s approach to reviewing policy and programmatic initiatives as they seek to expand service offerings to more diverse populations. Everyone had the opportunity to participate in a subsequent companion Converse and Connect conversation with the presenters on Thursday, December 17 to discuss how to apply lessons learned to your day-to-day work.

In this webinar, attendees:
• Learned ways to advance organizational commitment to increasing equity, diversity and inclusion;
• Learned how to articulate characteristics of senior nutrition programs that are welcoming, targeted and successful in meeting the needs of diverse populations; and
• Examined policy- and program-based opportunities for senior nutrition programs to offer more culturally inclusive nutrition services.


  • Cordialis Msora-Kasago, MA, RDN, Regional Nutrition Manager, Sodexo. Food and Nutrition Advocate
  • Sara Koenig, MS, RDN, CD, Program and Policy Analyst, Elder Nutrition Program Manager

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