The ASPHN board of directors met on August 13, 2021.
- Four General membership applications were approved: Celia Bridgeforth (LA); Nicole Christensen (NE); Dorcas Mukigi (MA); Khimberly Schoenacker (WA).
- Three Associate including two student membership applications were approved: Chidera Anigabor (NC); Cynthia Greene (VT); Faith Iseguede (MS).
- Motion to approve the nomination of Helen Brown (ID) as Director at Large effective immediately and through July 31, 2023 passed unanimously.
- Motion to approve the nominated student, Christie Kirchoff, to serve as a non-voting director on the Board, as the Student Representative, from August 2021- July 2022 passed unanimously.
- Motion to accept the Independent Auditor’s Report prepared by Brady, Martz & Associates, P.C. for the 2019 and 2020 ASTPHND/ASPHN financial records passed unanimously.
- Motion to approve the following steps related to the board-directed action, from January 2020, to clean up the membership lists of each council passed unanimously:
- Remove a person from the council membership list if the person specifically asked to be removed;
- Find a new way to ask ASPHN members to update their council memberships; and
- Ask the Bylaws Committee to consider reducing from 30% the percentage of members required to vote for a council election to be valid.
7. Motion to approve the attached “Guidelines for How We Work Together” resource as revised by the MCH Nutrition Council Health Equity workgroup passed unanimously.
8. Policy Committee actions on behalf of ASPHN since last board report: Signed-on to the:
· Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) list of organizations in support of the Closing the Meal Gap Act’s reintroduction in both the Senate and House of Representatives
· National WIC Association letter calling for Congress to fund WIC at levels consistent with the President’s Budget
· Did not opt out of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ letters to chairs and ranking members of the Finance, Energy & Commerce, and Ways & Means Committees in support of the Medical Nutrition Therapy Act’s reintroduction by Senators Susan Collins and Gary Peters (S. 1536) and Representatives Robin Kelly and Fred Upton (H.R. 3108).
· FoodCorps letter addressed to the House Education and Labor Committee in support of The Food and Nutrition Education in Schools Act
· US Breastfeeding Committee’s (USBC) letter addressed to members of congress in support of a direct $20 M to the CDC Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding line item in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Related Agencies appropriations bill.