The concept of living in a food desert has become more of a reality for many living in Hampton Roads. In an effort to further the conversation around nutrition and the aging population in our community, the Brock Institute partnered with the Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology to organize the Brock Institute-Glennan Nutrition Symposium.

The symposium brings together students, practitioners, dietitians, and nutritionists to discuss the nutritional challenges in our region.  

The 2018 Brock Institute-Glennan Nutrition Symposium, our inaugural event, focused on nutrition and gerontology, nutrition care and food and nutrition security. Michael Rothkopf, MD (MD ’79), President of the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists and Director of Metabolic Medicine at Morristown Medical Center; and Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD, a nationally known author, researcher, educator and award-winning journalist, were the event's guest speakers.

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Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, presented her research titled "Palliative Care Futurist: Matching Care to Our Patient's Needs," on Oct. 16, 2019.

Her presentation demonstrated the value of palliative care and made a case for its widespread adoption.

Dr. Meier's lecture covered three objectives:          

  • Articulate the two primary differences between eligibility for palliative care and hospice.
  • Operationalize the link between the integration of palliative care and improved performance on key CMS hospital star and USNWR quality rankings.
  • Identify the 6 predictors of a high-value, system-wide palliative care strategy.