Urge the Senate: Include Funding for Critical Nutrition Programs in Next COVID-19 Stimulus Package

More than 30 million people have applied for unemployment benefits since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This number will continue to rise, making it difficult for many Americans to keep food on the table.

The House of Representatives recently passed the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800), which addresses rising rates of food insecurity and economic distress. Now, the Senate must write a companion bill and vote to pass the next stimulus package. Urge your senators to strengthen and protect critical federal nutrition programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; school meals; the Child and Adult Care Food Program; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children; and senior nutrition programs.

Survey Request from House of Delegates

Hello KAND Members:

The House of Delegates values your input on future Professional Issues. Please consider taking a few minutes to complete the survey to submit a professional issue(s).

To ensure agility for the HOD to address issues that have short- and long-term impact on food and nutrition practice, the HOD Evolution Designers Team recommended a new process to select strategic and professional issues.

Strategic Issues are emerging issues with potential impact on the dietetics profession in three or more years, overriding issues of strategic importance that cut across multiple discipline areas and support the Academy’s strategic mission, vision, and focus.

Strategic Issues replace Mega Issues. Examples include Diversity, Technology Obsolescence and Leadership Development. The Academy’s Council on Future Practice, the organizational unit comprised of ten members who represent practice, education, credentialing and accreditation and the Board of Directors, identifies Strategic Issues for consideration by the HOD.

Professional Issues are specialized or practice-based topics that need immediate attention by the HOD. These issues may impact a subset of practice areas within the profession. Examples of Professional Issues include master’s requirement implementation, licensure, reimbursement and payment, and preceptor and internship shortages.

Academy members are the key contributors to determining professional issues. If you have a professional issue you would like the House of Delegates to consider for a future dialogue, please complete this survey by May 22, 2020.

As your delegate, I appreciate you helping me identify which professional issues are important to our membership. Please make sure to select the Affiliate KAND you are a part of, so I receive the data, as I am being asked to prioritize our members’ submissions.

Thank you.

Maggie Murphy, PhD, RD, LD, FAND

KAND Delegate

Webinar Recording Available: Providing Nutrition Services via Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What RDNs Need to Know

Recorded March 26, 2020 – As a hospital-based dietitian, are you being asked to provide remote outpatient counseling? As a private practice dietitian, are clients asking to meet with you from their home? As our nation faces an unprecedented public health emergency, RDNs in both health care facilities and private practice are turning to telehealth as a means for providing medical nutrition therapy and other nutrition-related services to the populations they serve. Whether you are new to delivering care via telehealth or want to learn more about the special guidelines from payers unique to the COVID-19 pandemic, this webinar is for you. Join Academy staff experts who will share information on the latest updates and answer questions.

Available now – click here:

Take Action!  Along with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the KAND public policy committee shares our members’ concerns for the health and safety of our nation. This national emergency and uncertainty of the future is certainly difficult for our profession; however, the Academy is committed to our members and to the public. Significant measures are being taken to address all challenges and AND is engaged in policy initiatives to ensure access to food and nutrition care are part of the response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. We need your help to ensure our food and nutrition programs that reduce food insecurity remain reliable during this unstable time.

We are asking you to take a few moments to take actionUrge Kentucky’s Congressional leaders to act now regarding proposed COVID-19 pandemic legislation. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, combined with reduced regulatory burden, will give agencies the authority and funding necessary to keep programs running while also supporting efforts to limit exposure to and the spread of the coronavirus.

Please take a couple of minutes out of your day to advocate for those in need to ensure everyone has access to food during this time. Click here to be directed to the Academy’s Action Center.

Thank you!

The Foundation Scholarship Application Is Still Open: Apply Today!

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is currently accepting
scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. Scholarships range in value from $500 to $10,000 each and are available for students at all levels of study, including undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs, dietetic internships, and NDTR programs. Last year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation awarded $511,750 to 239 deserving students.
Through awarding scholarships, the Foundation furthers its mission to empower
current and future food and nutrition practitioners.
In the short video above, three recent scholarship recipients share their stories and express their thanks.

The online scholarship application is available within the Foundation’s
Application Portal.
The deadline for all components of the scholarship application is Monday, April 20, at 11:59 pm (Central Time). Scholarship applicants will be notified in late-July 2020.
Questions? Please review our Frequently Asked Questions first.

Any questions not addressed in the scholarship application instructions or by the FAQ document can directed via email to Elisha Reichling, MS, RDN, LDN,
Foundation Program Coordinator, at scholarship@eatright.org.
We look forward to receiving your application!
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is the only charitable organization devoted exclusively to supporting nutrition and dietetics for the benefit of the public. Our Foundation thrives on donations and does not receive a portion of any member dues. All Foundation scholarships are made possible through the generosity of our donors! With Your Help, We Can Do Even More…  

2020 Awards and Nominations

Do you know any fantastic dietitians that should be recognized?  We know that you do.  Please take a few moments to nominate one or more of your colleagues for an award this year.  The following is a list of available awards:

  • Outstanding Dietetic Student
  • Emerging Dietetic Leader
  • Outstanding Dietitian of the Year
  • Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year
  • Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year
  • Outstanding Dietetic Educator

Packets for each of these awards need to include the corresponding data sheet and the following supporting documentation:

  1. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  2. Reference Letter (minimum of one; maximum of three letters)
  3. Identify your participation in the academy at the district, affiliate or national levels.
  4. Documentation that reflects your concern for the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the general population.
  5. Documentation that reflects your leadership roles in the Dietetics association or employment. Such as involvement with legislation, research, education, clinical dietetics, food service management, public relations, career guidance, etc.

Please note that the exception to items listed above is for the Outstanding Dietetic Student Award which has specific required documentation listed on the data sheet.  The updated information and data sheet attachments are on the KAND website.  It is important to note that all nomination packets are due to us via email or regular mail by March 20th.  Please go to the site for further information or contact me at amanda.goldman@gfs.com.  Please feel free to contact Krystal Dishon at krystal.dishon@gmail.com as well with questions.

Virtual Conference: End of Life Care – Nutrition Implication

Session 1: May 6

Noon – 2 PM ET (11 AM – 1PM CT, 10 AM – 12 PM MT, 9 AM – 11 AM PT)

Session 2: May 13

Noon – 2 PM ET (11 AM – 1PM CT, 10 AM – 12 PM MT, 9 AM – 11 AM PT)

This virtual conference includes two 2.0 hour sessions.

May 6th topics: 

  • end of life legal and ethical challenges
  • the role of hospice and palliative intervention
  • nutrition and stages of the dying process
  • Q&A session

May 13th topics:

  • aging gracefully at home
  • end of life nutrition is more than nutrients
  • how to make uncomfortable conversations comfortable
  • Q&A session

Link here for an overview on topics, speakers and learning objectives for the 2 separate sessions on May 6th and 13th.

The conference includes presentation time, as well as time for questions and answers.

Legislative Day Next Week!

Spring is an especially colorful time to visit the Capitol.

Make plans to attend Legislative Day on Wednesday 2/19/20.

KAND will be partnering with the Kentucky Diabetes Network for the event and the legislative focus this year revolves around diabetes and support of health departments. This year the event includes time for both organizations to meet together in the Capitol Rotunda and hear from sponsors of the bills we are supporting. The event is free, we just ask that members register prior to the event. If you are a member of KAND and KDN, please only register through one of the organizations. Be on the lookout for a Facebook event page that will include more details about the event and provide tips for scheduling meetings with legislators and more! Both groups will be wearing red, white, and blue for the event – looking forward to seeing you there!

KAND 2020-2021 Elections

The Nominating Committee invites members of the Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to take the opportunity to vote for open positions on the Board for the 2020-2021 term.  You will find a brief description of each position followed by the candidates and their bios.  Please read the bios and make your selection for the positions of President-Elect, Treasurer, and Nominating Committee.  We thank you for your time and vote.