Become ASPHN liaisons for the American Public Health Association (APHA). Liaison work can deepen your connection with public health nutritionists. Not sure what a liaison does? Contact Shana Patterson to join the ASPHN Liaison Training call on Nov. 6th at 2:00pm ET.

APHA Liaison – This position is ideal if you are already a member of APHA and involved/interested in the Food and Nutrition Section. Past liaisons participated in online meetings and volunteered to serve on conference presentation reviews and conference planning, as well as representing ASPHN during the APHA Annual Conference.  Contact  Shana Patterson for more information.

The Collaboration Committee works to strengthen and improve ASPHN’s strategic partnerships with other organizations.

The Collaboration Committee meets monthly for one hour by conference call.  We welcome any ASPHN member to join the Committee.  If you’re interested, please contact Shana Patterson. The current members are Becky Adams (AR) Co-Chair, Jacqueline Rios-Avila (NY) Co-Chair, Pat Simmons (MO), Mary Ann Ellsworth (NJ), Adriane Langham (AL), Jennifer Young (OR), Karen Cutler (NY), and Meg Barth (NC).

The Collaboration Committee:

  • Reviews requests for ASPHN members to serve on other organizations’ committees or workgroups.
  • Recruits members to be ASPHN representatives to these committees.
  • Provides orientation sessions and guidance to these liaisons.
  • Develops policies to guide the organization’s work with our partners.

Unity is strength. When there is teamwork & collaboration….

…wonderful things can be achieved.

Examples of Current Collaborations & Partners


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Mattessich P, Murray-Close M, Monsey B. St. Paul, MN: Amherst Wilder Foundation. This book explores what makes collaboration a failure or a success.

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(2012) Winer, Michael and Ray, Karen. St. Paul, MN: Amherst Wilder Foundation. This book is a complete guide to putting together a collaboration effort and it includes case studies, worksheets, and evaluation tools.

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National Housing Institute Shelterforce Online. Paul Mattessich. Issue #129, May/June 2003. This article lists 20 factors necessary for any group effort.

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Borden, L. & Perkins, D. (1999). Journal of Extension, 37, 2. 67-72  This brief article examines thirteen factors that can influence the collaborative process.

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The Foundation Center’s Nonprofit Collaboration Resources Page offers a searchable database of more than 250 collaborations. Profiles include participants, motivations, successes, and lessons learned.

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Tamarack is a Canadian Institute dedicated to the art and science of community engagement and collaborative leadership.

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