News from Your Delegate

April 2024

Greetings!

The Academy values input and feedback from all members. During April, your Academy is planning to re-visit the Student Enrollment Critical Issue during the April Real-Time Dialogue. For details from the February 2024 Critical Issues Submissions Summary. If you have a critical issue not addressed in the summary, please complete the form Environmental Scanning (eatrightpro.org) by April 15 to be considered for discussion at the May meeting.

In addition, the Academy’s Council on Future Practice (CFP) is pleased to announce their latest brief on Population Health is now available for members. You can access it here Navigating Future Practice: Population Health (eatrightpro.org)

When you finish reading the brief, let us know your thoughts! The Council on Future Practice would like to know how useful this information is to Academy members, as well as if updates are needed to their work. It is only 4 questions. CFP Population Health Survey (paperform.co)

Feel free to contact us directly at chair_of_delegates@eatrighttexas.org.

Thanks for your time!

Carol Bradley, PhD, RDN, BCBA, LD, FAND, Chair of Delegates
Hallie Kaplan, MCN, RDN, LD, CNSC, Delegate 1
Adrien Paczosa, RD, LD, CEDRD-S, Delegate 2

March 2024

Greeting Texas Affiliate Members!

The top two winners from the Future Practice Session at FNCE® 2023 presented their work to the House of Delegates during the meeting, February 21, 2024. These two projects are excellent examples of data driven recommendations that frame and prioritize possible actions today to prepare for and collectively build the future of the profession. Please check out the following recordings of their presentations:

  • “Deployment and evaluation of an integrated digital digestive solution deploying app-based telenutrition services for a commercially-insured population with chronic digestive conditions,” E. Commons, H. Liu, R. Sepulveda; Vivante Health

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT4M9gzk_yY

  • “The Virtual Interprofessional (VIP) Clinic: A Collaborative Model for Patient Assessments,” K. Hicks-Roof, R. Osborne; University of North Florida

Kristen Hicks-Roof: Council on Future Practice Poster (youtube.com)

All abstracts from this session can be found in the September 2023 Supplement of the Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, pages A81-A82 and the October 2023 Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, page A43.

During the February meeting the HOD reviewed issues submitted by members to evaluate if they were appropriate for the HOD or would be more appropriate for other groups within the Academy. More to come at a later date.

Remember you can submit your own issue via the Environmental Scanning page at any time using this link https://www.eatrightpro.org/leadership/governance/house-of-delegates/environmental-scanning . Deadline for items to be discussed at the May HOD meeting Is April 15.

Additionally, we are recruiting for individuals with experience in AI to further the House’s work on this critical issue:

March 25: Apply for HOD Workgroup on Artificial Intelligence

The House of Delegates is seeking individuals with experience using artificial intelligence in general practice or educational settings. If you have direct experience and are interested in analyzing data to define focus areas where the Academy can support practitioners in understanding and integrating AI into their professional lives, apply by March 25. The expected duration of this workgroup is no more than three months. Meetings will be scheduled based on participant availability. Email the HOD with any questions.

We would love to hear from you. Stay tuned via Newsletter and Website or email us at chair_of_delegates@eatrighttexas.org.

Thanks for your time!

Carol Bradley, PhD, RDN, BCBA, LD, FAND, Chair of Delegates
Hallie Kaplan, MCN, RDN, LD, CNSC, Delegate 1
Adrien Paczosa, RD, LD, CEDRD-S, Delegate 2

February 2024

Greetings!

Thank you to all who were able to join us for Lunch with Your Delegate on January 19. We had a great turnout and value your input on Artificial Intelligence (AI). A survey was previously sent out and this was our topic for the January HOD meeting. Survey questions were as follows:

  1. Are you using AI in the workplace?
  2. Does your employer have a policy? (If yes, does it help guide you on how to use it? If no, how do you acknowledge that you are utilizing it?)
  3. Are you seeing patients/clients who are using AI for nutrition/diet advice? What are your observations in the results?
  4. Are you aware of other healthcare professionals utilizing AI to give dietary advice versus referring to an RDN? Please provide examples and context.
  5. What resources, training, etc. would be helpful as you explore how AI fits in the workplace? Whose responsibility is it to create these resources, training, etc.?

Potential uses include writing policies, interview questions, meal plans, and student papers. Potential problems include must be verified for accuracy and lack of references. We are encouraged to try various applications of AI to become more familiar with it.

In other news, the House leadership team (HLT) meeting was held Nov 2, 2023. The HLT reviewed critical issues, from the 2022-2023 year. They included:

  1. Increasing awareness and visibility of the Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR) credential,
  2. Elevating the skillset and scope of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) and NDTRs,
  3. Making Academy membership indispensable. This report includes and expands on the recommendations submitted from the SMEs in how they might be implemented to make key improvements related to these three Critical Issues. We will have more updates to share with you later in the year on the status of these recommendations after they are reviewed by the executive leadership team and the rest of the Board of Directors.

Additional topics included student dues. They met with the Member and Student Advisory Committee (MSAC) to align the dues and benefits of the International Student category with the domestic Student category. The rate for International Students used to be higher than domestic Students because of the higher costs of shipping publications, so no longer makes sense.

As previously mentioned, term limits for At-Large Delegates were reviewed and with member input, the following terms will continue:

  • Retired 3-year term, Elected by Membership
  • NDTR 3-year term, Elected by Membership
  • NDEP 3-year term Elected by NDEP members
  • ACEND Appointed by ACEND for a 3-year term, non-voting

Recent changes to align terms with those of other delegates include:

  • 30 and Under 3-year term, Elected by Membership

Transitioned to Early Practitioner – credentialed 5 yrs. Max

  • Student Appointed by President-Elect and Speaker-Elect, 1-year term

Appoint for a 2-year term

  • CDR Appointed by CDR for a 1-year term, non-voting

Appoint for a 2-year term

Other news from the Academy

Licensure Compact

While not affecting Texas dietitians in the immediate future, it is a work in progress and on behalf of dietitians and other allied health professions to avoid having to obtain a license from each state to practice our various disciplines. It is a collaborative effort by the following groups:

  • The Council of State Governments (CSG)
  • Department of Defense (DoD)
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)

It supports the mobility of licensed dietitians through the development of a new interstate compact. This additional licensing pathway will facilitate multistate practice among member states and reduce the barriers to license portability.

The following language must be enacted into law by a state to join the Dietitian Licensure Compact.

  • No substantive changes should be made to the model language. Any substantive changes may jeopardize the enacting state’s participation in the Compact.

For more information, use the following link:

https://compacts.csg.org/compact-updates/the-interstate-compact-for-dietitians/

As a reminder, the following affinity groups are available for anyone to join, including the licensure initiatives group:

MNT Expansion Affinity Group Meets the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Eastern time)

Nutrition Security Affinity Group Meets the first Wednesday of every month from 4-5 p.m. (Eastern time)

Licensure Initiatives Affinity Group Meets the second Tuesday of every month from 3-4 p.m. (Eastern time)

Reimbursement and Payment Affinity Group Meets the fourth Tuesday of every month, 2-3 p.m. (Eastern time)

 

We would love to hear from you. Stay tuned via Newsletter and Website or email us at chair_of_delegates@eatrighttexas.org.

Thanks for your time!

Carol Bradley, PhD, RDN, BCBA, LD, FAND, Chair of Delegates
Hallie Kaplan, MCN, RDN, LD, CNSC, Delegate 1
Adrien Paczosa, RD, LD, CEDRD-S, Delegate 2

 

January 2024

Greeting Texas Affiliate Members!

The House of Delegates (HOD) reviewed issues submitted by members during the November meeting to evaluate if any were appropriate for the HOD to take up at this time. While there are many important issues that could fall under the HOD purview, there is important work being done by other areas of the Academy on those topics the HOD would like to see completed before moving them forward. The HOD will continue to monitor these issues. Please join us for the January 19 Lunch with your Delegates for more information on these topics.

Remember you can submit your own issue via the Environmental Scanning page at any time using this link https://www.eatrightpro.org/leadership/governance/house-of-delegates/environmental-scanning . Deadline for items to be discussed at the February HOD meeting Is January 15. Anything received after January 15 will be reviewed during the May meeting.

See you January 19!

Carol Bradley, Hallie Kaplan, and Adrien Paczosa

 

Thanks!

 

 

December 2023

We need your input!

To initiate first steps in addressing the recently prioritized Critical Issue on Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Academy is gathering information about how nutrition and dietetics professionals are currently using AI in their practice to further refine how the HOD and subject matter experts should be addressing the topic. We will be reviewing survey responses during the January HOD meeting. Please complete the following survey by December 15 to aid our discussion: Artificial Intelligence Survey https://nmfa2ekb.paperform.co.

At the November HOD meeting we reviewed the submissions that came into our environmental scanning form for possible Critical Issues. Details to come in future news from your delegates. If you have a critical issue to submit evaluations for the current year are based on the following deadlines by which member submissions must be received:

  • February meeting: January 15 at 11:59 p.m. CT
  • May meeting: April at 11:59 p.m. CT

The Delegate At-Large proposal was approved after voting ended on November 8. These changes will be enacted starting June 1, 2024. Thank you very much for providing input. A more formal announcement will be sent to CDR and MSAC soon since these terms will be transitioned to 2 years.

Add Your Support

Medical Nutrition Therapy Act To ensure Medicare beneficiaries can receive the care they need to live healthy lives, the Academy advocates for expanded access to medical nutrition therapy and additional coverage for more chronic conditions. If you haven’t done so already, urge your members of Congress to support the Medical Nutrition Therapy Act.  https://www.votervoice.net/EATRIGHT/1/home

Opportunities to Serve!  The Academy is pleased to open its annual solicitation to serve on one of our national committees for the 2024-2025 membership year. The application is open October 1, 2023 – January 15, 2024, and should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. This application is for terms starting June 1, 2024. https://www.eatrightpro.org/leadership/developing-leaders/volunteer-opportunities/committee-application

Please be sure you know which committee you would like to apply for (see committee descriptions) and have examples of your qualifications. If you need any assistance in completing this application, please contact Charlene Rice or call 800/877-1600, ext. 4892.

Mark your calendars for January 15 at noon, for the next ‘Lunch with your Delegates’ for more updates. We look forward to seeing you then.

November 2023

Greetings from your delegates!

The October HOD meetings provided an update from the academy leadership, including President, Lauri Wright and our new CEO, Dr. Wylecia Wiggs Harris.  Key points of the meeting were:

Enhancing Transparency and Communication

  • Board members should have talking points from each meeting to share with members.

Connection and Value

  • Affinity Groups are a great way for members to engage on specific topics. The Licensure Affinity Group, which meets the 2ndTuesday of the month, 2-3 PM Central time, also holds office hours for members, weekly, Wednesdays, 1-2 PM Central time.

Civility and Support

Pres. Lauri Wright emphasized that “We are a food & nutrition family” and need to support each other – not publicly criticize other RDs.  She referred to the Washington Post article which she responded to that discussed dietitians in a negative light. She also discussed that as a profession we are “too quiet” and need to be more assertive.

Look for a session in January on Social Media Tips.

Our new CEO, Dr. Wylecia Wiggs Harris, is a “transformational leader” and reiterated much of what Pres. Lauri Wright. She worked for the American Heart Association for 20 years, in addition to other organizations. Her vision is to make volunteer opportunities more accessible/manageable. She also invited everyone to follow her on LinkedIn.

Academy Treasurer, Krista Yoder, presented the financial report. There has been a trend of declining membership since its peak in 2015, especially those under 35 and retirees. Membership is at 58.4k in FY 23 down from a high of 75.7k in FY15.  The decline in dues-paying members has resulted in a decrease in revenue, part of which goes to the affiliates (Texas, included).

In addition, our future membership is facing challenges with a decline in student enrollment at universities overall as well as those pursuing a major in nutrition. Please help promote the benefits of membership to your peers who are not members. We have strength in numbers. http://carriek1.sg-host.com/how-to-join/

We are your voice to the Academy. Please contact us anytime at   chair_of_delegates@eatrighttexas.org

Respectfully,

Carol Bradley, Chair of Delegates

Hallie Kaplan, Delegate I

Adrien Paczosa, Delegate II

 

September 2023

Calling all Texas Academy Members. We need your input!

The House of Delegates (HOD) selected “Increasing Student Enrollment” as a critical issue to be evaluated and addressed in the 2023-2024 membership year. After discussions with ACEND and the Academy Board of Directors in July, the HOD is looking for member input at all levels to help understand what draws people to the profession and gain insights into any barriers today’s students are encountering. This survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete based on whether you are a student, educator, or other professional. We appreciate your open and honest feedback as we explore this topic. The survey is open until 8:00 am CT on September 13th.

Link to Survey: https://xoglvndi.paperform.co/

We would also like to hear from you on any other issues on your mind. What are YOUR critical issues? What would you like to hear from the Academy? How do you prefer to receive communication about what’s going on?

You can email us at chair_of_delegates@eatrighttexas.org or use this form:

https://forms.gle/fZ5MzubeG73qQYNHA

 

We would also love to hear from you at our Lunch with Your Delegates Town Hall meeting on Sept. 15. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-with-your-delegates-tickets-668932704727

Your Texas Academy Delegates 2023-2024,

Carol Bradley, Chair

Hallie Kaplan, Delegate I

Adrien Paczosa, Delegate II

July 2023
Hello Texas Academy Members!

 

Your Academy Delegates from Texas, Carol Bradley, Hallie Kaplan, and Adrien Paczosa are your voice upward to the Academy’s House of Delegates and we want to hear from you. Delegates assist in governing the profession and developing policy on major professional issues.

 

This year, the House of Delegates (HOD) is presided by Speaker of the House Ainsley Malone, MS, RDN, LD, CNSC, FASPEN, FAND and the HOD will meet the third Wednesday of each month from 5-7 p.m. Central. These monthly meetings allow for a greater number of critical issues (challenges facing the profession) to be discussed in a timely manner. Critical issues are 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.

 

The HOD is soliciting input for topics facing the profession, to research and provide recommendations to the Academy and its organizational units. Please consider submitting any topics you feel passionate about. The HOD encourages you to be thoughtful and to provide links to resources, when possible, that will help them evaluate your suggestion. You can always reach out to us as well with any questions at chair_of_delegates@eatrighttexas.org

 

There is often overlap between the work of the House of Delegates and the Council on Future Practice, so the Academy has combined efforts to collect ideas for both Critical Issues and Change Drivers with this form. You may participate in this environmental scanning process to support the profession by filling out the form at

 

https://www.eatrightpro.org/leadership/governance/house-of-delegates/environmental-scanning You will be directed to log in to fill out the form.

 

Other ways you can be involved include:

 

  1. Volunteer Opportunity: Serve as a Note Taker

 

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics House of Delegates has a volunteer opportunity for members to serve as note takers during House of Delegates Real-Time Dialogues (virtual meetings). Participating as a note taker brings you to the front lines of how leaders work together to shape the direction of the profession and the Academy. Interested members should be:

 

  • an active member or student member of the Academy
  • able to synthesize information and type the information in an online workbook, capturing key concepts and paraphrasing ideas
  • comfortable verbally communicating with our leaders as you may be asked to recap discussions
  • adept in technology, including Zoom and document editing programs (such as Google docs).

 

If you or someone you know would like to serve the HOD as a note taker for one of the Real-Time Dialogues, please contact the HOD mailbox. If you would like to attend as an interested member (auditor), please also contact the HOD mailbox. These are both great ways to view the process firsthand.

 

Virtual Lunch with Your Delegate will continue in 2023-2024 on the third
Friday at Noon on September 15 and January 19. We hope to see you in person at Texas ACE in April.

 

Thanks for your time!

 

Carol Bradley, PhD, RDN, BCBA, LD, FAND, Chair of Delegates
Hallie Kaplan, MCN, RDN, LD, CNSC, Delegate 1
Adrien Paczosa, RD, LD, CEDRD-S, Delegate 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

For more information on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics House of Delegates visit:

https://www.eatrightpro.org/leadership/governance/house-of-delegates