Cultural Context of Food

Breakout Session

Understanding the cultural significance of diet not only improves relations with patients, it also helps increase effectiveness. Making culturally appropriate recommendations that will resonate with patients much more than a “one-size-fits-all” plan. Learn from the experiences of a Latina physician and Latina dietitian.


Katherine Caro

Katherine Valencia Caro

Katherine Valencia Caro, M.S., MHS, RDN, PA-C, is a nationally certified physician assistant with the Duke Children’s Healthy Lifestyles Program. Healthy Lifestyles is committed to empowering children and adolescents to achieve a healthier lifestyle through family-based education, clinical care, and behavioral change.

Gabriela Maradiaga Panayotti

Gabriela Maradiaga Panayotti

Gabriela Maradiaga Panayotti, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Duke Children's Primary Care and the Medical Director of Duke Children's Healthy Lifestyles Program. She serves as the physician course director for Healthy Eating in Practice.