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For most of our members, the 2021 ASPHN Annual Meeting seemed to align perfectly with the issues, challenges and opportunities they care about most. For many, even though the meeting was held virtually, it felt like a homecoming. A gathering where they felt seen, heard and understood. “We’ve been championing public health nutritionists for nearly 70 years,” says Karen Probert, ASPHN Executive...

If you’re like many public health nutritionists, the pandemic upended nearly every aspect of your job as you responded to your community's immediate and changing public health needs. As a new normal emerges, so too does a new sense of gratitude for your team and the exceptional work they’ve done over the past year. There’s no time like the present to...

It’s not often that we derive health benefits from our daily work until you consider this: showing your appreciation for staff and colleagues can affect your brain chemistry and work performance in several favorable ways. According to Dr. Lou E. Whitaker, a neuro-education consultant, “Every thought releases some type of chemical. When positive thoughts are generated, when you’re feeling happy, or...

ASPHN members consistently cite their ability to learn from peers in other states as one of the leading benefits of membership. With states now reopening on different timetables and under varying directives, public health nutritionists are facing a host of new COVID-19-related challenges and scenarios.   COVID-19 State Sharing Facebook Group ASPHN has set-up a new COVID-19 State Sharing private Facebook group for...

Over the past several months, we’ve been thrust into a number of new circumstances and roles that seemed almost inconceivable prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are learning to adapt to our new reality, the uncertainty of the virus has remained constant and will continue to impact our work for the foreseeable future. As leaders in public health nutrition, it’s...

ASPHN’s Board of Directors wishes to acknowledge and thank the association’s members for their extraordinary leadership over the past several months. Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, our members have stepped up to the front lines of this public health emergency, ensuring our nation’s most vulnerable receive vital nutritional assistance. Thanks to their tireless work and expertise, millions of children...

Continuing education is vital to earning potential and career advancement, but did you know that the practice of lifelong learning offers benefits for your personal well-being as well as your job performance? According to Valamis, an online learning platform, “Lifelong learning is a form of self-initiated education that is focused on personal development.” It can be as simple as reaching out to a...

As a nutrition professional, continuing education is part and parcel of maintaining your credential. Thankfully, ASPHN offers a range of learning opportunities, making it easy to obtain your required continuing education units (CEUs).   Trainings and Webinars ASPHN’s various committees, councils, and CoIINs host web-based trainings and webinars throughout the year that qualify for continuing education through the Commission on Dietetic Registration....

For ASPHN members Marsha Spence, PhD, MPH, RDN, LDN and Cheryl Hill, MS-MPH, RDN, LDN, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT) has played an instrumental role in their working relationship and friendship. Their paths first crossed in 2004 when Hill was pursuing a dual degree and Spence was finishing her PhD. Over a decade later, Hill was accepted into an...

Good outcomes in public health nutrition are predicated on good information. Sadly, the ever-increasing job demands we all face can limit the time we have to regularly share high quality resources and information with colleagues. We recently sat down with ASPHN members Jennifer Dellaport, MPH, RD and Mikaela Schlosser, RD to find out how and why they actively engage in,...

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