Montana Dietetic Association’s Public Policy Panel
How You Can Get Involved at the Local and/or State Level? Five Local Level Action Steps
Use these effective ways to advocate for nutrition issues:
1. Learn about policy issues affecting nutrition and the dietetic practice. Check out the Academy's website and look for weekly email messages for helpful tools.
2. Join and actively participate in the Public Policy Panel and Public Policy Committee for MDA. Meetings are held either by conference call or at the annual meeting.
3. Get to know your local legislators and correspond with them about nutrition issues.
4. Respond to MDA or ADA Action Alerts by contacting your local or our Montana congressional members when asked to advocate for a nutrition issue.
5. Consider getting involved in a state leadership position.
State Level Leadership Positions and Responsibilities
Public Policy Coordinator (PPC): This position is the liaison to ADA’s staff with policy issue responsibilities. Coordinates federal action alerts and leads planning for ADA’s public policy workshop (PPW) activities. We have had two co-coordinators for this position to handle clinical and community public policy issues.
State Policy Representative (SPR): This position tracks state legislative issues. This position takes the lead on coordinating appointments with the Governor’s office, state legislators and State Legislative Days.
State Regulatory Specialist (SRS): This position tracks regulatory issues of importance and keeps up to date on current statutes and rules impacting the dietetic practice.
Reimbursement Representative (RR): This person serves a local resource for members who have questions about reimbursement issues. He/she helps facilitate the use of ADA coding and coverage resources and leads local advocacy efforts to expand federal and state nutrition coverage policies.
Affiliate Delegate: This position serves as the affiliate’s representative in the House of Delegates (HOD) and keeps the membership up to date on professional issues and represents the Affiliate in the HOD (which is the governing body for ADA) and develops policies on major dietetic issues.
For more information contact:
Ginny Mermel (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Matt Larsen (matthewL121@yahoo.com ) – Co-PPCs; Minkie Medora (email@example.com ) – SPR; Deb Jones(firstname.lastname@example.org ) – Delegate; Jacqueline Sikoski (email@example.com) - RR; or Nonie Woolf (firstname.lastname@example.org ) – President.
ADA Advocacy Web Site: http://www.eatright.org/advocacy
MDA – Public Policy Panel Goals: 2011-2012
1. Recruitment for PPP and leadership positions within the Panel
2. Work on state and nutrition issues, specifically food insecurity (ending childhood hunger within Montana) and Farm Bill (national).
3. Build support for nutrition issues including health care reform in the state, and licensure for RDs with state leaders (governor, legislators, community leaders)