YOU HAVE A VOICE!
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. This fiscal year, the HOD is focusing on Systems Approach to Nutrition and Health Equity.
“You, our Texas Academy members, spoke and … we listened!”
Fall 2020 Fall Meeting
The HOD Fall Meeting, held virtually, focused on Accelerating Nutrition and Health Equity as part of the Academy’s goal of addressing diversity and inclusion. Speakers highlighted the health disparities Black, Latinx, and Native Americans communities experience, particularly related to COVID-19. The concept of cultural humility was introduced. Cultural humility is “a lifelong process of self-reflection and self-critique whereby the individual not only learns about another’s culture, but one starts with an examination of her/his own beliefs and cultural identities” (Tervalon and Murry-Garcia, 1998).
Addressing diversity and inclusion within the profession and as dietetics professionals in our practice is a work-in-progress for the House of Delegates and the Academy. Delegates discussed potential roles for the HOD, in the critical issue plan, in addressing social determinants of health and health inequities such as advocate, adviser, and execution partner. Ultimately, we were asked to formulate actions the Academy and its members can take to address nutrition and health disparities on an individual level as well as through interpersonal, organizational and community action and public policy.
January 2021 Meeting
As a result of the discussion at the fall meeting, the HOD held a training session related to the just-released brief, “Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities and Chronic Disease”. The brief examines these inequities and how they contribute to racial disparities in chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, some cancers and obesity. HOD members discussed how to include the topic of health equity in the annual Plan of Work for Affiliates and DPG.
The Academy advocates for a broad range of policies to target social determinants of health and address these racial and ethnic health disparities, including economic stability, access to healthful food, adequate access to health care and reducing barriers to education.
Delegates also took part in two Action Alerts related to health equity. Action alerts allow members of the Academy to bring the Academy’s policy issues to the attention of members of Congress to help raise awareness and add legitimacy to a priority issue.
Join us by taking action today! The Action Alerts can be found under the advocacy tab on the Academy’s Action Alerts webpage.
The 2021 timeline for the HOD and Texas Delegate Activities is as follows:
- February 13, 2021, HOD Virtual Meeting
Topic: Customizing Implementation of the DGAs for a more diverse population
- May 1, 2021, HOD Virtual Meeting
We value your input and use it to identify and evaluate options as we present your opinions and ideas at the meetings. So please look for emails from the Texas Academy throughout the year that request your input on issues.
Meet the three Texas Academy Delegates who represent you in the Academy House of Delegates!
Carol Bradley, PhD
RDN, BCBA, LD, FAND
MS, RD, LD, CNSD
PhD, MPH, RDN, LD, FAND