The ASPHN board of directors met on April 9, 2021.
1. 10 General membership applications were approved: Lindsey Ahlert (MN); Grace Amaechi (NJ); Julia Brunnemer (IN); Allison Butler (CO); Jeanne Gallegos (NM); Blair Haesly (MN); Erin Hoffman (NC); Melissa Nelson (MN); Sydney Odion-Smith (CO); Carolyn Waggoner (CA).
2. 17 Associate including 10 student membership applications were approved: Mitzi Champion (VA); Somadee Cheam (MN); Lynn Cooper-Sherman (HI); Shambria Davis (FL); Jessa Engelken (WA); Abigail Ford (TN); Tami Frank (NE); Luz Granados (AZ); Sophia Hayes (NC); Madeline Holly (GA); Mikayla Kuykendall (NC); Leah May (OH); Mary Neumaier (MI); Ngozi Onianwa (AL); Bernadette Paul (OH); Sophia Riemer (CA); Kelly Wilson (MI).
3. A motion to approve continuation of membership rights and privileges for New Jersey until 12/31/21 passed unanimously.
4. Policy Committee actions on behalf of ASPHN since last board report:
Signed-on to the:
- Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs’ (AMCHP) letter to House and Senate Labor-HHS Subcommittee leadership in support of $750 million for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant in FY22.
- U.S. Breastfeeding Committee’s letter to the Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee and Workforce Protections Subcommittee in support of the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act.
- USBC letter to Congress in support of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
- Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) letter addressed to the House and Senate Subcommittees on Labor, HHS, and Education Committees on Appropriations, in support of increased funding for Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program, including its affiliated program Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC), for a FY 22 total of $102.5 million.
- Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) letter addressed to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asking the FTC to follow-up on its past food marketing to kids expenditures reports (2008 & 2012) with a focus on targeted marketing to children and adolescents of color, digital food and beverage marketing to kids, and food and beverage marketing on educational technology platforms
- National WIC Association’s (NWA) letter to the Senate Agriculture Committee highlighting themes NWA would like the Committee to consider in its Child Nutrition Reauthorization process to enhance access to WIC services:
- Trust for America’s Health’s letter addressed to House and Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee leadership supporting $50 million for the Social Determinants of Health program in FY 2022.
- Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) letter addressed to the House and Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee leaders urging Congress to include $100 million for CDC’s Surveillance for Emerging Threats to Mothers and Babies Network (SET_NET) in the FY22 appropriations legislation.
- Center for Science in the Public Interest letter addressed to the Senate Agriculture Committee leading up to the Committee’s Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) hearing.
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Union of Concerned Scientists letter addressed to members of Congress, on both the House and Senate appropriation committees, in support of FY22 appropriations priorities that would substantially improve the implementation and reach of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- American Public Health Association’s (APHA) letter addressed to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees supporting funding increases for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health in the FY 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.