August 2019 Newsletter – President’s Message

The contract has been signed and executed for the new website with Solve for $7,755. Khrysta Baig has graciously agreed to work with them and our Executive Director Carrie Kiley to get it up and running.
We also have a contract with the DoubleTree in Chattanooga for the Annual Meeting on Friday, April 3rd, so mark your calendar. Email and share with any contacts and potential vendors you know or think would be interested in the event to Sponsorship Chair Elizabeth Hall,
We really want to increase sponsorship this year in order to bring in more opportunities for our members. The only way we can do this is if everyone helps in bringing in 1-2 sponsors. This is the primary way to turn a profit, or at least break even, without increasing registration fees.

The Education Pillar and Chair Christy Davis, will soon be updating the due dates for the scholarships and awards applications. Here is a link to that page for future reference… Please encourage folks to apply and nominate others for these.



News from the Advocacy Pillar Chair

News we can use!
Members of Congress Support Older Adult Malnutrition Prevention

A recent report of United States hospital patients confirmed that one in three adults are at risk of malnutrition. A hospital stay can be four to six days longer for patients with malnutrition and they also face five times the mortality risk; readmission rates can be up to 50 percent higher. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 35 members of Congress voiced their support for malnutrition electronic quality measures to be included in the hospital IQR rule for FY 2020 to help address this issue. Also in the letter, policymakers encouraged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to evaluate “potential policy levers, such as integrating malnutrition into CMS Innovation Center Pilots, Advanced Payment Models, and Population Health Initiatives to address malnutrition in the Medicare populations”. The Academy led advocacy efforts to encourage the letter championed by Reps. Danny K. Davis and Rodney Davis from the Illinois delegation.

Fairness for Breastfeeing Mothers Act Signed Into Law

The bipartisan Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2019 was signed into law last week by President Trump. The Academy sent a letter to the White House Administration earlier this month, urging for the passage of the bill. This legislation will require a lactation room to be provided in federal buildings that are open to the public, with exceptions where space constraints or costs are prohibitive. The bill was championed by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.), who stated in a press release from her office. The benefits of breastfeeding are so well-documented that federal agencies’ own literature has long encouraged breastfeeding, Norton said. “Millions of Americans visit federal sites across the country, not only here in the nation’s capital, making it essential that Congress ensure nursing mothers have access to designated private, hygienic lactation spaces. I am grateful to my House and Senate colleagues for their strong support of my bill, especially Senator Tom Carper (Del.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, who helped get this bill through the Senate.”

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