The Public Policy Panel is pleased to present Legislative Day 2021 which was held on Friday, February 26, 2021. Legislative Day is an annual event that offers KAND members and students from across the state an opportunity to learn about advocacy efforts and to forge relationships with their legislators. Your participation in our upcoming virtual event will allow Kentucky’s legislators to meet the nutrition experts in our state! We hope you’ll join us to advocate for the dietetics profession and for policy issues relevant to our work.
12:00 Welcome and Event Overview
Emily DeWitt, MS, RD, LD
Public Policy Coordinator, KAND
12:05 Public Policy Panel Introductions and Introduction to Bills
KAND Public Policy Panel
12:35 Kentucky Diabetes Network Overview & Update
Merritt Bates-Thomas, RDN, LD, LDE and Terry Gehrke, M.Ed., MCHES, CHWC, EP-C
Kentucky Diabetes Network
1:00 HB 95 Bill Sponsor
1:45 HB304 and Licensure Update Q&A
Whitney Duddey or Licensure Board Attendee
2:00 HB 123 Bill Sponsor
2:30 Networking Opportunity
Public Policy Panel
2:55 Medicaid Advocacy
Lois Hill, MS, RDN, LD, LDE, FAND
Reimbursement Representative, KAND
3:10 Diabetes Education via Telehealth
3:55 Closing Remarks and Adjournment
The most important political office is that of the private citizen.
Thank you for a successful Legislative Day 2020! There is definitely strength in numbers and we had over 70 attendees, not including KDN members, at the event in support of nutrition related legislation. Please see below for pertinent event related follow up:
- Please provide the KAND Public Policy Panel with Legislative Day feedback by completing this quick survey by 3/13/20
- HB 12 passed in the KY House of Representatives on 2/19/20! The bill was received in the senate on 2/20/20. You many continue to monitor the bill’s actions at https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/20rs/hb12.html.
- If you met with a legislator, please email the 2020 Legislator Report Form (below) to Public Policy Coordinator, Kira Galloway, at firstname.lastname@example.org by 3/13/20.
Advocacy doesn’t end here
Members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have the responsibility to urge consumers and lawmakers to learn about the positive role nutrition plays in healthy lifestyles and disease management.