TAND Annual Conference – Feedback Needed

Hello TAND members! As we are evaluating how best to provide our annual conference/continuing education safely for all members, we would like to get your feedback. Please take this short 2-3 minute survey so we can work to accommodate as many members as possible and ensure high quality continuing education.

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TAND Advocacy and Public Policy Updates

September 2021

Recent TN legislation tracked by our lobbyist, Jill Talbert – 

Recent changes were made to “Regulations Governing Frozen Desserts” in TN.  Specific details regulating how raw milk is handled for these items in Tennessee were dropped and new wording was approved that ensures raw milk is processed according to the Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance.  While most manufacturing plants were more than likely already following this ordinance, changing the regulation ensures that plants no longer follow regulations that may be out-of-date.  

Save the Date – Fall Advocacy CEU – “Funding Changes for Tenncare – How this Could Impact TN RDNs”

  • Tentatively set for Thursday, October 21 at 1pm Central Time
  • More details to follow

Current Academy Action Alerts

Please head to the advocacy action center on your academy page to complete your action alerts. The current action alerts are currently active:

  • Expand Medicare MNT Coverage
  • Support Healthy School Meals for All
  • Tell Your Senators to Co-Sponsor the School Food Service Modernization Act
  • Expand MNT for Eating Disorders in Medicare
  • Support Medicare Coverage of IBT for Obesity by RDNs

ACT now for MNT

  • Passage of the recently introduced Medical Nutrition Therapy Act would be a win-win for our profession and our communities – practitioners would receive more opportunities for reimbursement while also addressing the gap in care for seniors in the United States who only have access to MNT for diabetes and renal disease, a crucial step needed to achieve health equity for racial and ethnic minority populations. Please join the ACT now for MNT campaign if you have not yet done so! Once you have taken action, use the official ACT now for MNT campaign’s social media toolkit to spread the word! 

State Legislative Tracking Map

The Academy’s State Legislative Tracking Map is an excellent tool to help you stay on top of legislation that may be relevant to you. Review the list of active legislation each week!

Academy Affinity Groups

The Academy is convening affinity groups to connect members with an interest, experience and/or expertise in a specific policy issue area with opportunities to learn more and advocate. Affinity groups are open to all policy leaders and Academy members. Here’s when and how when you can join upcoming affinity group meetings:

  •  MNT Affinity Group  
    • Next meeting: Tuesday, September 7, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) – Register here 
  • Maternal Child Health Affinity Group  (NOTE new meeting time change) 
    • Next Meeting: Wednesday, September 8 from 4-5 p.m. (Eastern Time) – Register here

Public Policy and/or Advocacy Questions: 

Lauren Cromer (elpetr77@yahoo.com) OR Lauren Steele (Lauren.Steele@stjude.org)

“The journey to cultural humility…” begins with the first step

Diversity and Inclusion Practice Applications from the Academy: Links to the articles

Diversity Strengthens our Academy and Profession
Dr. Evelyn Crayton, RND, LDN, FAND

To Support All: Diversity and Inclusion
Mary Russell, MS, RD, LDN. FAND

Kevin L. Sauer PHD, RDN, LD, FAND
Current President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Revitalizing our Strategic Plan—and Ourselves

Providing Access Is a Key to a Diverse Academy and Profession

Dietetic Training: Understanding Racial Inequity in Power and Privilege
Anne Lund, MPH, RDN, FAND; Krista Yoder Latortue, MPH, RD, FAND;
Judith Rodriguez, PhD, RDN, LD/N, FAND, FADA

MAND Fall Breakfast Event

Date:  Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Time:  7:30 – 9:30 am CST
Location:  In-person:  Crosstown Concourse
Community Room
(Only available to 50 MAND members)
Virtual:  Zoom

The MAND Fall Breakfast Event will be done both virtually (Zoom) and in-person (Crosstown Concourse) this year with special guest speaker, 2-time Olympic Track and Field star, Dr. Rochelle Stevens, OLY.  Dr. Stevens is a local Memphian who competed in both the ’92 and ’96 Olympic games.  She was a member of the 4×400 m relay at both games that captured Silver in the ’92 Olympics and Gold in the ’96 Olympics.  She currently still resides in Memphis, TN, and hosts an annual track meet at a local high school, St. George’s, through her foundation, Rochelle Stevens Foundation.  During this event, you will hear Dr. Stevens talk about what it takes to become an Olympic champion and you will also hear her talk about her role in the local community with her foundation.  A Q&A will follow her presentation.  Please visit MAND’s website (eatrightmemphis.org) for tickets.  It will be $15 for in-person and $5 for virtual.  For in-person, MAND will strictly adhere to all of Crosstown Concourse’s COVID-19 measures.  Breakfast will be provided by Lucy J’s and after 50 in-person tickets are sold, the option will no longer be available. 1.0 CEU will be available at the conclusion of the event.

If you have any additional questions for any MAND board member, please visit our “Contact Us” page on our website:  

We hope to see you at this event!   

Edward Han, MS, RD, LDN, CLC
’21-’22 MAND President
Dr. Tracy Bruen, DCN, RDN, LDN
’21-’22 MAND President-Elect