ASPHN's Collaboration Committee

The Collaboration Committee works to strengthen and improve ASPHN's strategic partnerships with other organizations.

Committee Responsibilities

The Collaboration Committee:

  • Reviews requests for ASPHN members to serve on pertner organizations' committees or workgroups.
  • Recruits members to be ASPHN representatives to these committees.
  • Provides orientation and guidance to these liaisons.
  • Develops and reviews policies to guide the organization's work with our partners.
Highlighted Collaboration: ASTHO Prevention Policy Committee

The ASTHO Prevention Policy Committee provides policy direction to ASTHO on a variety of health promotion and prevention initiatives, including nutrition and physical activity as well as chronic disease risk reduction, and social environments that promote health.  

Becky Adams, MPH, RD LD, CDE, is ASPHN's representative on the Committee.  Becky believes that  ASPHN plays a key role on the committee.  For example, ASPHN led the effort within the Prevention Policy Committee to develop a guide to the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.  The purpose of the guide, a major project, was to help organizations and agencies in their implementation of the Act.  Becky is the Partnership and Policy Support Director for the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Branch in the Arkansas Department of Health.  She is also the Program Coordinator for the Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Program.  

Current Collaborations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – Public Health / Community Nutrition Practice Group – Allison Conneally (NY)

Action for Healthy Kids – Leslie Lewis (LA)

American Public Health Association – Food and Nutrition Section – Helen Brown (ID)

ASTHO Affiliate Council – Becky Adams (AR)

ASTHO Prevention Policy Committee – Becky Adams (AR)

CSPI Food Marketing Workgroup – Jennifer Young (OR)

National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity – Carole Garner (AR)

National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance – Mary Ann Ellsworth (NJ)

National Physical Activity Society – Linda Scovern (OH)

National Salt Reduction Initiative – Amy Koren-Roth (NY)

United States Breastfeeding Committee – Robin Stanton (OR), Suzanne Haydu (CA), Lisa Borden (NY), Martha Hagen (KS)

About the Committee

The Collaboration Committee meets monthly for one hour by conference call.  We welcome any ASPHN member to join the Committee.  If you're interested, please contact Shana Patterson.  The current committee members are:

  • Chair: Pat Simmons (MO)
  • Mary Ann Ellsworth (NJ)
  • Martha Hagen (KS)
  • Teresa Ambroz (MN)
  • Beverly Brockington (NC)
  • Adriane Langham (AL)
  • Jennifer Young (OR)
  • Christine Sasse (AK)
  • Ann Weidenbenner (OH)

Click on Continue Story below to view the Committee's:

  • Overview of the Committee one-pager
  • Recent liaison orientation call agendas
  • Partnership review forms
  • Current work plan
Resources for Liaisons

ASPHN's liaisons are a critical component of our partnership work.  Liaisons are ASPHN members who represent the Association with our partner organizations.  They are a vital communication link, and they play a variety of roles.  Some liaisons participate with representatives of other organizations in developing key messages or in crafting or reviewing documents or publications.  Other liaisons participate in regular conferences calls to gain new information.  

Here is some information that is useful for liaisons.  Click on Continue Story to view:

  • ASPHN's Partnership Policy
  • A listing of ASPHN's partnerships
  • ASPHN Key Messages
  • Liaisons' responsibilities
  • Guidance for writing board reports
  • Sample Board reports