It is now well-known that being from Black, Asian, Indigenous or other minority ethnic groups can place persons at higher risk of health conditions and outcomes. This is often not an individual choice but, due to poor health literacy, lack of access to healthcare and other aspects systemic racism. So having black representation in healthcare, particularly in Nutrition & Dietetics can be really important for several reasons.
Today we chat with Kim Rose, a registered dietitian nutritionist, and fellow Caribbean queen! She is also a certified Diabetes Educator and Nutrition Support Clinician.
Why is diversity important in Nutrition & Dietetics?
Kim Rose, RDN, CDE, CNSC, LD
Where you can find her:
YouTube: Kim Rose Dietitian
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your current role?
I am a Florida based registered dietitian nutritionist originally from Jamaica. I studied at Florida State University and completed my internship at the St. Louis VA Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri. I specialize in health and wellness concerns for underserved populations by making nutrition easy and attainable. I also address common and complex food and wellness topics for the general public and health professionals alike on my YouTube channel and have contributed to multiple media outlets including Healthline, Huffpost, and Health Magazine just to name a few. I have close to a decade of professional experience and I dedicate my time counseling clients in my private practice, Kim Rose Dietitian, LLC.
When did you first know you wanted to pursue nutrition and dietetics?
I first knew I wanted to pursue nutrition and dietetics when I was a sophomore. I first realized everyone has one thing in common: we all need to eat in order to survive. I figured the best way to try to reach people is through the avenue of food.
What’s your favourite meal?
I am a fan of Indian food. I love the use of different spices and flavors.
What are your thoughts on diversity in N&D?
The field currently lacks diversity. At the moment roughly 80% of the field consists of practitioners who identify themselves as white (in the U.S.). Seeing the United States is a melting pot this poses a problem. How can we expect to properly serve patrons who need our help?
In order to better equip ourselves and hence the profession we should seek out innovative ways to increase diversity.
Black or Blue ink pens?
Depends on my mood. I default to black though.
If you could summarise your career as a nutrition professional in 3 words, what would they be?
Tenacious, energetic and inclusive.
What advice would you give to black youth considering nutrition & dietetics as a career?
You will face many obstacles. Remember this is a marathon and not a sprint so you have to be tenacious in order to reach your goals. There will be many road blocks, but use these blocks as a stepping stone.