Jackie Boucher, MS, RD, LD, CDE, gives us an introduction to herself and some of the personal history that informs her approach to diabetes nutrition and diet recommendations for her patients.
Jackie Boucher has more than 20 years experience working in health care and population health, with extensive expertise in nutrition, lifestyle management, diabetes and heart disease. She has been with the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation since 2007 and as a member of the executive leadership team, she oversees research and education (core competencies) and fundraising, communications and talent development (service departments) within the Foundation. She also serves as co-investigator of the renowned Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project, a 10-year initiative to reduce heart attacks in New Ulm, Minn.
Boucher has dedicated her diverse career to the practice of excellence through formal professional work and volunteerism in the field. Prior to joining MHIF, her rich career experiences included work in numerous areas of practice, including inpatient and outpatient care, clinic-based practice, managed care, worksite health, research, consulting to long-term care facilities and group homes, providing education via health clubs or community centers, and educating consumers via the media (e.g., print, web, TV).
She is the recipient of the 2011 Excellence in Practice — Management Practice Award from the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and has been active within the Academy, the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Heart Association.
Boucher has shared her work and research in diabetes, lifestyle management and clinical management extensively in numerous invited journal articles, review/practice papers, research publications, book chapters, and as former editor-in-chief of Diabetes Spectrum. She has also co-authored four consumer books; co-edited one textbook; authored a pocket guide on obesity, diabetes and heart disease for registered dietitians; and authored more than 30 magazine articles and brochures.
Boucher has a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the College of St. Benedict and a master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Minnesota. She completed her dietetic internship at Harper Hospital in Detroit, Mich. Boucher is presently pursuing her doctorate in Nutrition from Rutgers University.