CT Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics



Public Policy Issues

CT Dietetic Association Public policy panel-

2010-2011 for 3/24/2011  BOD meeting


  1. Increase the Grassroots network (GN), build the Public policy panel (PPP)-
    The PPP has had several conference calls and email communication to review and update plan below.
    1.  Recruit panel members and fill open positions-
      CDA sent 2 members to PPW, Melissa Castelluzzo who is the PPC (Public Policy coordinator)  in training and Sarah Bourque who is the new SPR (State Policy Rep).  CDA member Mary Ann Meade, also attended as the DPG delegate for Diabetes care and Education Practice Group.
      Need chair and Committee- Mary ann Meade and Teresa recruiting  ADA staff turnover in this area
    2. Recruit members by Federal districts to be the contact person for the district
      1. 1st District- John Larson- Sarah Bourgue (new SPR) visit in DC during PPW 2/11
      2. 2nd district- Rosa DeLauro- Melissa Castelluzzo and Mary Ann Meade visited in DC 2/11
      3. 3rd district- Joe Courtney- Kathy LaBella appointment 3/28 @3:30p Norwich office
      4. 4th district- Jim Himes- Peter McKnight, will continue no appointment yet
      5. 5th district-Chris Murphy- Teresa Dotson, appointment, 3/25, 8:30a New Britain
    3. Recruit members by area of practice to be the contact person
      Wendy coordinated email effort- 28 replies
      ADA “mapping survey” sent 3/17, 3/22
    4. Provide education on public policy skills -
      Joint legislative day with SNACT and End Hunger, CT! in january 2011- 55 attended, 27 CDA members
    5. Continue partnerships/ collations with other organizations with similar goals
      We have established working relationships with: Partnership to fight Chronic Disease(CT chapter)-ongoing media and legislative efforts, CT State Dept of Education(School health council and school wellness issues), CT State Medical Society(disparities presentation), CT Cancer partnership prevention committee, Sustinet BOD (report submitted 7/1/2010), CT School Nutrition Association (as above) and END Huger, CT!
  2. Arrange meetings with key contacts at the state level
    1. Governor's office- Request for NNM proclamation and meeting sent in February
    2. Committee chairs and State agencies-
      SJC student working on a “resource” list based on ADA “priority” areas- done
    3. ADA has new state tracking system for “bills”
  3. Respond to public policy issues
    1. Health care reform efforts- Need “committee” get involved at the CT level with implementing the “Federal” bill.  ADA recommendations for “language” for inclusion of MNT in  “standard benefit package” communicated to all.  (F/u email to ADA 3/23)
      Met with Attorney General's office in October 2010 (including now Sen Blumenthal) and Rep Fleischman re” Act concerning denial of health insurance coverage 12/3/2010
      Met with Office of Healthcare Advocate, actuary in Dec 2010 to present cost-benefit of MNT provided by RDs, follow-up email sent 3/23/2011
      Attended the “Affordable Care ACT” celebration at the State Capitol. 3/23/2011
    2. Certification vs. Licensure- Will survey membership to determine interest in pursuing, after ADA “mapping survey”, draft circulated to BOD in February
    3. Child/School Nutrition-
      Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act (FEDERAL)- Passed and signed 12/13/2010
    4. Other legislative issue
      Federal Food safety bill passed 12/21/2010
      State (CT) – school breakfast and “Health food certification” part of Governor's budget
    5. Build relationships with legislators:
      NNM (nation nutrition month) activities:

March 9th - Registered Dietitian Day at the LOB was very well attended.  Please thank Kathy again for the e-mail compliment that we were friendly RDs at the table :)  Thanks to Wendy, Sarah and Teresa for their help with this!

March 14th - I delivered 187 handouts on "Healthy Tips" for the legislators that Sarah and Melissa created as well as a National Nutrition Month Eat Right with  Color green pen.

This week (3/21) - The trifold brochure to the mailroom at the LOB to be distributed to the legislators.

“Take Action” email to listserv (3/1) and 500 “non-members” asking to contact STATE (CT) legislators, reminder sent today 3/24/11.

Teresa Dotson, CDA Public policy chair. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.