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Starting the next chapter of your professional development can be as simple as taking advantage of ASPHN’s many councils, committees, webinars, and meeting opportunities. Below are a few programs with a proven track record of re-igniting our members’ passion for professional growth.

Growing ASPHN Leaders Program

Started as a pilot initiative in 2012, the Growing ASPHN Leaders program received outstanding reviews from the outset and has only gotten better over time.

Its laser-sharp focus on increasing participants’ leadership skills ensures a timely and relevant curriculum. Participants are given book assignments, asked to maintain a leadership journal, and attend regularly scheduled online sessions where they can engage with their peers to discuss the materials they are covering.

The 2019 class, which is currently underway, is reading a number of titles including Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and White People Really Love Salad by Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler. Past participants have referred to the program as a “focused space” and a “safe learning environment” where they have the opportunity “to hear how other people are thinking about topics and what’s resonating with them.”

Registration for the nine-month program takes place in the fall, and participation is open to all ASPHN members. If you’re interested in the next session, you can contact Shana Patterson, RDN, who leads the program.

Public Health Nutrition Online Certificate of Training Program

Fine-tuning your proficiency can provide an important boost of confidence in the workplace. ASPHN’s online Certificate of Training program zeroes in on the fundamental components of public health nutrition through a series of five self-study modules that build on one another.

Participants have 30 days to complete each module and take the related test. A final exam covers all the material presented throughout the course. The certificate is earned after passing the final exam with a minimum of 80 percent.

Even ASPHN members with multiple and advanced degrees in nutrition and dietetics find this program enlightening and informative. One such participant, Takako Tagami, MS, MBA, RD, LD, says she “was exposed to theoretical frameworks and strategies for successful outcomes” that she hadn’t considered.

To learn more about the online training, please reach out to Karen Probert, MS, RDN, who worked with the Committee for Public Health/Community Nutrition (CPHCN) and the Public Health and Community Nutrition Practice Group (PHCNPG) to develop this program in conjunction with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.