Jackie Boucher, MS, RD, LD, CDE

2011 Academy Excellence in Practice Management Award: Jackie Boucher, MS, RD, LD, CDE

WM along with the Diabetes Care and Education DPG cosponsored Jackie’s impressive application packet. Jackie has held a number of managerial positions throughout her career in dietetics including the initiation of a phone counseling program through HealthPartners in Minneapolis. Starting with two phone counselors, Jackie grew the program to a network of over 60 phone counselors that included registered dietitians, pharmacists, and other health professionals. In addition to this and other professional successes, Jackie has shared her work and research in the fields of diabetes and lifestyle management and clinical management in over 40 publications. She is now the vice president for education at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and remains incredibly active within Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, DPGs, and other professional organizations such as the American Heart Association. She was the 2010-2011 Awards and Honors Chair for WM DPG and oversaw the promotion, selection, and bestowing of numerous stipends and awards. During this time, the number of stipends doubled from what WM DPG has previously awarded and Jackie led this process from beginning to end. Congratulations and thank you, Jackie!

About Michele

I am the Director of Curriculum for Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Much of my current focus is in nutrition and preventive health, curriculum design and management, educational technology, e-learning, and website development in support of health education. I hold a PhD in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Nutrition Science from Emory University, a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from Georgia State University, and a BS in Engineering Sciences from Aurora University. I completed my postdoctoral work at Emory University in cell nutrient biology while receiving additional training as a health educator. After leaving Emory University, I served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition at Georgia State University (GSU), where I taught undergraduate and graduate nutrition courses and conducted my research in tailored web-based weight intervention programs. In addition to my responsibilities at GSU, I also served as a Health Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity in Atlanta, GA. My work at the CDC included “translational” research, which focused on evaluating the most current research in the area of overweight/obesity and chronic disease and summarizing the findings in written materials targeted for health professionals and the lay public. I also served as the Chair of the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group, a 4,800+ member subgroup of the American Dietetic Association specializing in weight management.

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