Alabama Maternal and Child Health Leadership Network


Leadership Education in Pediatric Nutrition (LEPN)

School of Medicine
The University of Alabama at Birmingham

MCH Nutrition Program


Krista Casazza, PhD, RD, LD
Phone: 205-638-6856
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The UAB LEPN has been continuously funded for 19 years (since 1991). Each year, our goal is to train three nutrition fellows/trainees. Each fellow/trainee receives a monthly stipend of $930.00, $1000.00/semester tuition/fees reimbursement, and the funds to travel to and attend one national meeting/year.


To improve the nutritional health status of infants, children, adolescents and families by providing leadership training, education, and collaboration to health professionals to improve their knowledge and skills in MCH nutrition and physical activity.


Long-term training is provided for graduate and post-graduate dietitians which includes stipend support. Training is also provided to other nutrition and health professionals via the Pediatric Intensive Course, Advance Motivational Interviewing, and Behavioral Counseling Institute.


Faculty and trainees participate in clinical and community research related to nutrition and physical activity. Some areas of research interest include: Childhood/Adolescent Obesity, Eating Disorders, School-based interventions, and Behavioral Counseling.


Interdisciplinary care focuses on child and adolescent health and nutritional issues including obesity, eating disorders, metabolic diseases, musculoskeletal health, weight loss, weight gain, and sports nutrition.

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Dr. Temple Grandin Visits UAB Campus

Alabama MCH Network faculty meet with Dr. Temple Grandin during her recent visit to the UAB campus. Dr. Grandin, who provided a keynote lecture to entering freshman related to her book "My Life in Pictures," is a noted author, speaker, and animal scientist. She has used her experience as a person with autism to focus her career on the design of humane livestock handling facilities. She is a respected expert who also provides insight to individuals with autism and Asperger's Syndrome as well as their families on treatment, learning, and socialization.

(L to R): Dr. Anne Turner-Henson, Dr. Martha Wingate, Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Glenda Smith, Dr. Julie Preskitt, and Dr. Fred Biasini

Pictured are (L to R): Dr. Anne Turner-Henson, Dr. Martha Wingate, Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Glenda Smith, Dr. Julie Preskitt, and Dr. Fred Biasini.