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December 2014
In This Issue
Join the Childhood Obesity CoIIN Call
Attend the Next F&V Coordinators' Call
Nominations Open for the ASPHN Board
New Success Stories
Career Development
Healthy Places for Kids to Eat
Bring in New Expanded Members
ASPHN Recommendations on 2015 Dietary Guidelines
New Communications, Membership and Outreach Committee
Renew Your State's Membership
Get to Know the ASPHN Consultants
About ASPHN
Childhood Obesity CoIIN Call January 15
Open to all ASPHN members
Join us on January 15, 2015 at 2pm ET to learn about the Childhood Obesity CoIIN.  The ASPHN MCH Nutrition Council is hosting this call, which is open to all ASPHN members.  CoIIN stands for Collaborative Improvement and Innovative Network.  CoIINs are known to achieve results quickly in response to complex health problems. 

The MCH Council has invited Iran Naqvi, MBA, MHS, the Chief Quality Improvement Officer at MCHB-HRSA, to give an overview of the CoIIN process.  Bonnie Spear, PhD, RD, Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, along with Sandy Perkins and Karen Probert, will discuss the Childhood Obesity CoIIN.


Along with ASPHN, faculty from the Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Training Programs and staff from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau are involved in this pediatric obesity CoIIN.

Childhood Obesity CoIIN Conference Call January 15
Open to all ASPHN members
Join us on January 15, 2015 at 2pm ET to learn about the Childhood Obesity CoIIN.  The ASPHN MCH Nutrition Council is hosting this call, which is open to all ASPHN members.  CoIIN stands for Collaborative Improvement and Innovative Network.  CoIINs are known to achieve results quickly in response to complex health problems. 

The MCH Council has invited Iran Naqvi, MBA, MHS, the Chief Quality Improvement Officer at MCHB-HRSA, to give an overview of the CoIIN process.  Bonnie Spear, PhD, RD, Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, along with Sandy Perkins and Karen Probert, will discuss the Childhood Obesity CoIIN.


Along with ASPHN, faculty from the Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Training Programs and staff from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau are involved in this pediatric obesity CoIIN.

Calling All Fruit and Vegetable Coordinators 
Please join us on Tuesday, February 3rd from 1:00 to 2:00pm ET for the National Council of Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Coordinators teleconference call.  At this meeting, we will learn about Ohio coordinators' efforts to sustain fruit and vegetable programming in their state.  We will  also hear from our Council leaders and ask for your feedback on our organizational efforts.  To find materials for this meeting, please visit the Fruit and Vegetable Council webpage.  Questions?  Contact Joan Atkinson.

Nominations Open for 2015 - 2016 ASPHN Board  
Are you ready to put your leadership skills and your commitment to public health nutrition into action?  Or do you know an ASPHN member who is?  The ASPHN Governance Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2015 - 2016 Board of Directors.  The Committee is looking to fill these positions: 
  • President-Elect  
  • Secretary
  • Directors-at-Large  
  • Governance Committee members  
  • Chair-elect, MCH Nutrition Council  
  • Chair-elect, Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Council

The Board's terms begins August 1, 2015.  You can nominate yourself or a fellow member.  President-elect must have previous experience on the Board of Directors.  For more information, email ASPHN Governance Committee Chair Patrice Isabella or call her at 801-718-2997.  

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Innovating in Ohio
New ASPHN Success  Story

Our tenth obesity prevention story highlighting our members' great work focuses on Creating Healthy Communities in Ohio.  ASPHN members Ashley Davis, MA, RD, LD and Sarah Ginnetti, RD, LD are part of a team at the Ohio Department of Health that is working to improve the health of all Ohioans.  Creating Healthy Communities partners with local health departments to develop and implement innovative strategies to improve access to healthy foods and increase opportunities for physical activity.  Just in 2013, Creating Healthy Communities reached nearly one million Ohioans and leveraged close to $2 million to support projects in sixteen counties across the state.

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Career Development 
ASPHN wants to hear from you 
ASPHN is asking members to share public health nutrition competencies used in your workplace.  These competencies might be part of a job description, or interview questions, or a performance review.  We are gathering competencies from members to build a national, competency-based, continuing education program for public health nutritionists.  Please send information you have or questions to Karen Probert.  Karen would also appreciate hearing from  members who have been in or know about professional mentoring programs.

Healthy Places for Kids to Eat 

In October 2013, ASPHN received a grant from CDC-DNPAO for our Healthy child eating fruite Places for Kids to Eat Project.  This three-year program brings together partners to place more salad bars in schools, implement nutrition standards in schools and child care centers, and expand farm to school programs. 

In the first year of the grant, ASPHN assembled a team of national organizations with expertise on implementing these strategies.  We also recruited nine state teams that will put these strategies to work in their states.  These teams are from Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Tennessee and Utah.

Over the next two years, our focus will be on training, implementation and evaluation.
  This year, our work will include providing one-on-one technical assistance to help the state teams implement their projects.  We also hope to expand the reach of our information, materials, and trainings to all 50 states as well as other national organizations. 

If you would like more information on this partnership program, contact Joan Atkinson.

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Recruit Your Fellow Nutritionists to Join ASPHN  
Remember, bylaws changes made this summer now make public health nutritionists in state departments of human services, education, agriculture and aging - as well as health - eligible for Expanded Membership in ASPHN.  Our Michigan and California members have been busy recruiting their colleagues.  Will you do the same in your state?

ASPHN Submits Recommendations on 2015 Dietary Guidelines 
As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's process to update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the ASPHN Policy Committee submitted its recommendations for the 2015 Guidelines.  The Policy Committee recommended that the Guidelines:
  • Emphasize dietary patterns.
  • Strengthen and expand guidance on reducing portion sizes.
  • Include a quantitative recommendation for added sugars.
  • Emphasize the important role of the food environment and public policy.
  • Review the impact of the food marketing environment.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee, consisting of nationally recognized experts in the field of nutrition and health, will consider all comments and develop its recommendations for the 2015 edition of the  Guidelines.

 

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ASPHN's Communications and Membership Committees Join Forces   
We are excited to announce the merger of two ASPHN committees, Communication and Membership.  We are now officially the Membership, Communication and Outreach Committee.  Committee members are looking forward to joining forces to:
  • Provide guidance on ASPHN's communications with members and partners.
  • Recruit and involve members in ASPHN's many  programs and activities.
  • Increase members' skills and knowledge related to public health nutrition. 

We are always looking to expand our committee, so please consider joining us!   Visit the committee's webpage to learn more.  You can also email Sandy Perkins or call her at 785-640-1675.

 

It's Time to Renew Your Membership! 
 ASPHN Designees, check your email inbox!  On October 31, we emailed you your state's annual dues payment notice.  With that email, we also sent a list of members in your state, including your MCH Liaison, Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Coordinator, and all Expanded Members. 

What do your dues pay for?  ASPHN is the national association for public health nutritionists.  We work with our members to:

  • Promote the value of public health nutritionists.
  • Develop and empower leaders in public health nutrition.
  • Help members achieve health equity in their communities and states.
  • Provide key resources and professional development.
  • Facilitate peer support that encourages sharing innovative ideas.
  • Build strategic partnerships for successful outcomes in public health.
But we cannot do our work without your state's involvement and support! Your dues are critical to helping us meet our goals.

If you have any questions about paying your state's dues, please contact Cyndi Atterbury.

Get to Know the ASPHN Consultants   
This month, we are featuring ASPHN Consultant Amber Phipps.  Amber joined the consultant team in 2008.  Her main task was keeping the Moving to the Future website updated and current.  More recently, Amber has taken on new duties with ASPHN.   In addition to working on Moving to the Future, Amber manages the iCohere website, the communications tool for ASPHN's Healthy Places for Kids to Eat Project.  She also assists ASPHN Executive Director Karen Probert with a number of projects.  Amber says she "loves working with people so dedicated to helping others live healthier lives!"

Before coming to ASPHN, Amber worked at the Ottawa County Health Planning Commission in Kansas.  There, Amber ran physical activity, nutrition, and tobacco cessation programs for the County.  Amber has a bachelors degree in Health Management and a masters degree is in Kinesiology. 

Amber lives in Minneapolis, Kansas with her husband, Waco, and their two-month old baby, Alexis.  Waco farms with Amber's family.

About ASPHN
The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists  (ASPHN) is a non-profit membership organization that develops leaders in public health nutrition who strengthen policy, programs and

environments, making it possible for everyone to make healthy food choices and achieve healthy, active lifestyles.

 

Our vision is to create new environmental norms where healthy eating and active living are the easy and natural choices for all Americans.  We welcome your involvement in our growing organization.  Learn more about us at About ASPHN.