ASPHN's Policy Committee

The Policy Committee is ASPHN's voice in promoting and influencing public health nutrition policies. The Committee monitors key national issues that align with the strategic goals of ASPHN. The Committee works with ASPHN members and partner organizations to improve our communication and elevate the visibility of public health nutrition issues. The Committee accomplishes its objectives through education and communication with members, partners, and decision makers.  If you'd like to help out with the Policy Committee's efforts, contact Michelle Futrell.

The Policy Committee is focusing on a number of priority areas this year:

• 2015 Dietary Guidelines

• Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act / Child Nutrition Reauthorization

• Prevention and Public Health Fund

• Nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention funding for state health departments

• Menu labeling regulations

• MCH Block Grant

• Chronic Disease Funding

• SNAP-Education

• Nutrition Facts Label

• 2014 Farm Bill

• Health Equity as it relates to healthy foods.

The Committee works with our partner organizations around the nation on these priority issues, including the Trust for America’s Health, National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity, United Fresh Produce Association, United States Breastfeeding Committee, ASTHO affiliates and the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Resources from our Partners

USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

Center for Science in the Public Interest

The Farm Bill

ChangeLab Solutions and Childhood Obesity

Making the Case for the Prevention and Public Health Fund

Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) has produced a number of sector-specific one-pagers on the Prevention and Public Health Fund.  They include fact sheets for use in communicating with health and safety organizations, faith-based groups, education groups and groups advocating for persons with disabilities

In addition, TFAH has produced two new one-pagers on the Prevention Fund and on the Community Transformation Grant Program.

Click on the following links for the latest news on the PPHF:
www.tfah.org/policy/ and http://healthyamericans.org/assets/files/PPHF%20Backgrounder.pdf.

The Department of Health and Human Services now maintains a comprehensive Prevention and Public Health Fund Reporting Database. 

Public Health Law & Policy has a new factsheet on the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

Committee Structure

Committee Membership

Any member of ASPHN is welcome to participate in the Policy Committee's activities.  Members can be involved in the Committee on an ongoing basis or they can join our efforts on a specific project or issue.  Contact Michelle Futrell if you'd like to get involved with the Policy Committee.

Committee Meetings

The Committee meets monthly via conference call throughout the year.  Committee members work on their priority issues by e-mail and phone.

Educating and Informing Membership

The Policy Committee keeps the ASPHN Board of Directors informed about its activities through monthly board reports.  The Committee educates ASPHN members about important public health nutrition issues by posting articles and alerts on the Association's website, in its e-newsletter and on the ASPHN Facebook page.

Updates on Priority Issues

2014 Farm Bill

CSPI has put together a summary of some of the nutrition provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill. Thanks to CSPI and their many coalition partners who provided these summaries. The summary is available here.

Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act

First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announce proposed school wellness standards and roll out of breakfast and lunch programs for schools that serve low income communities. The announcement is available here.

Chronic Disease

The American Diabetes Association, YMCA of the USA and American Medical Association release new cost estimate on federal savings of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act. The new report finds more than $1.3 billion in savings through legislation. The report announcement is available here.


2015 - 2016 Comments on Federal Issues

The ASPHN Policy Committe lends its voice and its comments to a number of critical public health nutrition issues at the federal level.  Click here to read the official comments that the Committee has submitted in the past year.