ASPHN's Collaboration Committee

ASPHN’s Collaboration Committee works to strengthen and improve the association’s strategic partnerships with other organizations. This work expands our visibility and effectiveness by amplifying our voice on priority public health nutrition issues.

Committee members train liaisons, support their efforts, identify partnership gaps and field collaboration requests from other organizations. The Collaboration Committee is open to all members and provides an invaluable opportunity to build your partnership skills and knowledge.

Committee members can serve as liaisons to national organizations or projects that align with ASPHN’s mission. As ASPHN ambassadors, liaisons inform their partner organizations about ASPHN’s programs and activities, and they report back to the committee on emerging issues, campaigns, and potential opportunities. ASPHN applies the Levels of Collaboration scale to all collaboration reviews with a designated liaison and also ensure alignment of all collaborations with ASPHN’s Strategic Plan & Priority Issues.


  • GAIN experience with partnership evaluation tools and processes
  • PROVIDE orientation sessions and guidance to liaisons
  • LEARN about and utilize evidence based tools that support partnership growth and development
  • RECRUIT members to be ASPHN representatives to committees
  • DEVELOP policies to guide the organization’s work with our partners
  • WORK with and learn from others who are passionate about strengthening partnerships, collaborations and coalitions
  • NETWORK with a seasoned group of more than 20 Liaisons directly impacting ASPHN’s partnership collective
  • ACCESS to key messages and other tools that connect your work with the work of ASPHN
  • PARTICIPATE as a student member and lend your voice to our efforts. Check out this flyer to learn more.

Learn more by reviewing the Committee Workplan and the Collaboration Primer.


Cheryl Hill, MS-MPH, RD, LD, LDN, Program Manager for the Healthy Weight Program at Knox County Health Department, ASPHN Associate Member & Director-at-Large, Tennessee

Narissa Scales, PhD, RD, WIC Food Management Coordinator, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, ASPHN Associate Member & Director-at-Large, Nebraska


ASPHN’s liaisons are critical to the association’s success. These ambassadors expand our visibility through strategic networking and coordination with organizations that have similar goals and priorities. Liaisons communicate ASPHN’s key messages, advocate for ASPHN’s priority positions, identify funding opportunities for our members as well as the association, and promote the role of public health nutritionists. ASPHN members currently serve as liaisons to fifteen organizations or projects. Learn more about some of our past collaborations below, and be sure to take a closer look at our ASPHN liaisons and their partnerships by clicking the buttons below.

Our Partners & Liaisons 2022 Partner Survey Report

Collaboration with the CSPI Food Marketing Workgroup

Collaboration with the ASTHO Prevention Policy Committee

Collaboration with the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics PHCNPG

Join the Collaboration Committee!

ASPHN’s Collaboration Committee is open to all members. The Collaboration Committee meets quarterly for one hour by conference call. Members work on specific projects related to partnerships and partner support throughout the year. If you’re ready to share or perfect your collaboration skills, join us today!

Interested in Becoming a Liaison?

Liaisons serve an initial two-year term and can renew their commitment during the Collaboration Committee’s annual partnership review. All liaisons receive training in order to confidently fulfill their role. We also provide a list of expectations to guide our liaisons as well as a host of resources to assist their work. If they have questions, they can reach out to their Liaison Ambassador at any time. If you’re interested in representing ASPHN as a liaison, please contact Shana Patterson.

Collaboration Resources 


The Collaboration Committee holds quarterly conference calls to plan and support Committee activities. Click a date to learn more about that month’s meeting.

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