News from Your Delegate

Hello Texas Academy Members!

The House of Delegates (HOD) will be addressing the Critical Issue: Developing Collaborative-Ready Practitioners at its Winter HOD Meeting on January 22, 2022. The Critical Issue question is “How do we develop collaborative-ready practitioners across all practice areas?” This brief survey aims to help delegates prepare for the meeting and represent the best interests of their constituents. Your input will be important to help me understand your perspective and needs.

What is meant by “collaborative-ready practitioner” and “collaborative practice”? The following definitions come from the World Health Organization’s 2010 Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice. While this definition focuses on health care, it can apply to all practice areas. All RDNs/NDTRs can benefit from collaborative efforts to achieve a shared goal. Participation in interprofessional teams can expand the influence and reach of the Academy and its members.

  • “Collaborative practice happens when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds work together with patients, families, carers, and communities to deliver the highest quality of care. It allows health workers to engage any individual whose skills can help achieve local health goals.
  • A collaborative practice-ready health worker is someone who has learned how to work in an interprofessional team and is competent to do so.
  • Interprofessional education is a necessary step in preparing a ‘collaborative practice-ready’ health workforce that is better prepared to respond to local health needs.”

The survey should take approximately 10 minutes and will remain open through January 7, 2022. Thank you for providing your perspectives to help me and my fellow delegates make the best decisions on this critical issue. Please let me know if you have any questions about the critical issue or want to connect with me about it.

Thanks for your time!

Karen S. Geismar, MS, RDN, LD, Chair of Delegates

Andie Gonzalez, PhD, MPH, RDN, LD, FAND, Delegate 1

Carol Bradley, PhD, RDN, BCBA, LD, FAND, Delegate 2

Delegates Corner

Your Academy Delegates from Texas are part of the Academy’s House of Delegates and are your voice upward. The House of Delegates (HOD) focuses on critical issues that:

  • Align with and support the strategic plan and impact goals.
  • Have importance across multiple discipline areas.
  • May impact practice areas, or specialized or subsets of practice areas.
  • Have a long, short or immediate impact on our profession.

Leadership from the House of Delegates also works to empower the profession by embracing its values, developing a progressive culture, and working toward a more diverse organization.

The Academy implements strategic planning and changes through policies, actions and composition to embody the vision and voice of its members. The Board of Directors governs the Academy, and Academy staff implement decisions.

Delegates assist in governing the profession and developing policy on major professional issues. 

“You, our Texas Academy members, spoke and … we listened!”

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Meet the three Texas Academy Delegates who represent you in the Academy House of Delegates!

Carol Bradley, PhD

Carol Bradley, PhD


Karen Geismar

Karen Geismar


Andie Gonzalez

Andie Gonzalez


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