Miriam (Mim)  Gaines
Assistant Professor and Director, Dietetic Internship
School of Public Health
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
Office: CHS Building 1 1608
Email: mgaines@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-4870
Mim Gaines brings 37 years of experience in nutrition and dietetics to her role at Samford. Her professional dietetics career includes work as a corporate nursing home dietitian, college instructor, and the state assistant director for the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) nutrition program.  In 1994, she created the Nutrition and Physical Activity Division at the State Health Department and served as the director until 2013. In addition to her practice of nutrition, she was the co-founder of the Scale Back Alabama wellness program and the Alabama Obesity Task Force. Gaines is active and holds leadership positions in numerous professional and community service endeavors.

Degrees and Certifications

  • M.A.C.T., nutrition, Auburn University
  • B.S., Administrative Dietetics, Jacksonville State University


  • public health nutrition, adult obesity, wellness, coalition building

Awards and Honors

  • Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance -Special Recognition for the Nutrition and Physical Activity Division, 2012       
  • Honorary member, Alabama Association of Family Career and Community Leaders of America, 2010
  • Excellence in Association Work, Association of State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors, 2009
  • UAB Internship Award, Outstanding Clinical Preceptor, 2009
  • American State and Territory Health Officer's Award for Scale Back Alabama, 2008


  • Alabama Dietetic Association, 1980-Present
  • Alabama Public Health Association
  • Alabama Trails Commission, Foundation Sub-Committee Chair, 2012-2015
  • American Association of Retired Persons, Alabama Executive Council, 2014-present
  • American Dietetic Association, 1980-present
  • American Heart Association, Alabama Advocacy Committee Chair, 2013-present
  • Association of State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors
  • Birmingham District Dietetic Association, 2014-present