Donna Vandergraff



Educational Background

  • B.S., with Distinction, Dietetics at Purdue University in 1978
  • Dietetic Internship, Indiana University School of Medicine and Hospitals in 1979
  • M.S., Nutrition with Health Promotion emphasis at Purdue University in 1990

Certificates & Licenses

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics-Registered Dietitian (RD), 1978-present
  • Licensed Dietitian, Indiana Professional Licensing Association, 1995-2010, 2019-present

Awards & Honors

  • Ann Hancook Award, Community Health Coalition Capacity Building Issue Based Action Team, 2015
  • West Lafayette Community School Corporation Community Honor Roll, 2000
  • Indiana Youth Institute Blueprint Award, 1998
  • USDA Certificate of Appreciation, 1998
  • PUCESA Team Award, “From Purdue to You”, 1997
  • North Central Regional Team Award, Epsilon Sigma Phi, 1990
  • Outstanding Masters Student, School of Consumer and Family Sciences, 1990
  • Lute Troutt Fellowship, Indiana Dietetic Association, 1989 
  • Mary Hebenstreit Memorial Award, Indiana Dietetic Association, 1988
  • Recognized Young Dietitian of Year, Indiana Dietetic Association, 1987

Activities & Memberships

  • National
    • Health Extension Institutional Contact, 2020-present
    • Harvest Session representative, Well Connected Communities, 2018-2019
    • Proposal reviewer, National Health Outreach Conference, 2016
    • ECOP/ESCOP Creating Healthy Communities Community of Practice Health in all Policies Expert Response Team 2015-2017
    • Society for Nutrition Education (SNEB) Nominating Committee, 2012-2014
    • CDR Accreditation Provider Contact, 2010-present
    • Food and Nutrition Extension Education Division, Communicator:2008-2015
    • SNEB North Central Region representative, 2006-2008
    • Co-Facilitator, National Youth Outcome Evaluation Committee, 2000-2008
  • Regional
    • Technical Committee – DHHS/NIFA CAPE project. Community Assessment and Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation, 2013-2015
    • North Central Region EFNEP Coordinators Communication Liaison, 2000-2008
  • State 
    • Connections IN Health steering committee, 2020-present
    • Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition, 2019-present
    • Connections IN Health team, 2019-present
    • Cardiovascular and Diabetes Coalition of Indiana Planning workgroup, 2019-present
    • Aging Collaborative – co rep from Purdue Extension, 2018-present
    • Indiana Healthy Weight Initiative, 2015-present
    • Cardiovascular and Diabetes Coalition of Indiana, 2009-Present
    • Steering Committee, Indiana State Plan, Cardiovascular, Diabetes and Stroke, 2015-2018
    • Chronic Disease Advisory Group, IPHA, 2016-2018
    • External Review Board, IN Community Health Workers Asso, 2016-2018
    • Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences Engagement team, 2015
    • Indiana Breastfeeding Alliance, 2006-2010
    • Indiana Gestational Weight Gain Committee, 2006-2008
    • Indiana Folic Acid Council, Co-Facilitator, 2002-2010
    • Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialist Association Board, 1999-present
    • Secretary, 2004

Discovery Publications

  • Journal Articles

  • Abstracts
    • Jennifer Mansfield, BS; Lindley McDavid, PhD; Donna Vandergraff, MS, RD; Dennis Savaiano, PhD A mixed-methods approach to evaluate the effectiveness of rural community health coalitions: Comparing coalition capacity and social network analysis. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, July 2017: Poster (Mansfield) on initial SNA results from CDC county (Jackson)
    • Krystal Lynch, Donna Vandergraff, Doug Miller, Sarah Wiehe, Lisa Staten, Angie Abbott, Dennis Savaiano Assessing the Development of Rural Indiana Community Health Coalitions
    • C. Darbishire, D. Vandergraff, D. A. Savaiano. Longitudinal analysis of three Indiana health coalitions in a Clinical Translational Science Award/Health Department Partnership Model. Engagement Summit, Purdue, 2-27-2020 (Similar abstract submitted to Association for Clinical and Translational Sciences 2020 meeting, accepted)
    • Sarah Wiehe, Aaron Zych, Rachael Casey, Tisha Reid, Antonia Sawyer, Jenna Wozniak, Mikayla, Donna Vandergraff Chronic Disease in Indiana - Using a Community Health Matrix to Determine Health Factors for Indiana Counties​. Abstract submitted to Association for Clinical and Translational Sciences 2020 meeting, accepted
    • Jennifer Mansfield, BS; Donna Vandergraff, MS, RD; Krystal Lynch, PhD, MPH; Douglas Miller, MD; Dennis Savaiano, PhD Obesity-Related Health Statistics Correlate More Strongly to Coalition Network Indices than Typical Effectiveness Evaluations, SNEB July 2018
    • Jennifer Mansfield, BS; Lindley McDavid, PhD; Donna Vandergraff, MS, RD.Dennis Savaiano, PhD Application of Social Network Analysis for Evaluating and Improving Partnership Sustainability of Local and Statewide Community Health Coalitions in Indiana. Community Engaged Research Conference, Sept 2017, Poster (Mansfield). Also shared with Purdue CTSI, Dec 2017, and IUPUI Community Engagement, Dec 2017
    • McDavid, L. Gavin, T., Vandergraff, D. A comparison of health coalition formation and effectiveness in two rural, underserved counties: A multipronged approach to community health coalition evaluation. American Evaluation Association, Washington DC, Nov 2017. National Health Outreach Conference, May 2017
    • Lynch, Krystal & Savaiano, Dennis & Miller, Douglas & Vandergraff, D.. (2016). Opportunities to Support Rural Community Health Coalitions in Indiana. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 48. S96. 10.1016/j.jneb.2016.04.255.
  • Brochures and Curricula
    • Morre, D. Caregiving for Older Relative, 2012-2014
    • Revised Raising Healthy Eaters, 2008-2014
    • Mayfield, B. RECIPE for Raising Healthy Children, 2010-2013 (Planning Team)
    • Morre, Dorothy. Botanicals, 2010
    • Vandergraff, D.J. - Co-directed revision of Dining with Diabetes statewide educational program, 2008-2009.
    • Vandergraff, D. J., and Coleman, G., Exploring MyPyramid with Professor Popcorn, 2006.
    • Vandergraff, D.J, and Wood, O.B. Have a Healthy Baby: Nutrition and Lifestyle Choices, EFNEP. Publication, 1991, revised 1994, rewritten 2005 for EFNEP.
    • Vandergraff, D, Wood, O. Have a Healthy Baby video lessons, Spanish, 2005.
    • Vandergraff, D, Wood, O. and Fronza, S. Have A Healthy Baby video lessons, 2003
    • Switzer, B. (author) Vandergraff. D and Koontz, F. (eds). Exploring the Food Pyramid with Professor Popcorn, 2002
    • Vandergraff, D., Fronza, S., Betterley, C., and Burgess, W. Safe Food and You, Spanish version, 2002
    • Vandergraff, D., Fronza, S., Betterley, C., and Burgess, W. Safe Food and You, 2001
    • Vandergraff, (Ed), EFNEP Participant Handbook, Book Two, 2000
    • Vandergraff, D. (Ed), EFNEP Participant Handbook, 1998.
    • Vandergraff, D.J., Nolan, B., Palacios, C: Ten Un Bebe Sano (Spanish language version of Have A Healthy Baby, 1998.
    • McRee, M.E.R, Monahan, P. and Vandergraff, D: 1992 Money Management Calendar Program Assistant Handbook and Activity Book.
    • Konzelmann, K., Wood, O.B., Vandergraff, D.J. and Barkman, S.:Have a Healthy Baby: Nutrition and Lifestyle Choices, EFNEP Publication, 1991.


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