The ASPHN Board of Directors met on July 10, 2020.
1. Eighteen Expanded membership applications were approved: Olutomisin Akanbi (NY); Kathy Baker (CO); Alexandra Bauman (IA); Denise Chapel (CA); Lisa Debits (CO); Carmalita Green (AL); Laurel Huffman (MD); Peggy Leung-Strle (NY); Jessica McDowell (SC); Lisabeth Melnik (NY); Cindy Olvina (NY); Laura Osborne (CA); Julie Reeder (OR); Kelli Resseguie (MD); Melissa Sharp (NY); Meg Stone (AL); Emily Woody (DC); and Parvaneh Yavari (FL).
2. Ten Associate (two Student) membership applications approved: Andrea Bersamin (AK); Jacqueline Cory (VT); Christine Dolan (CO); Paola Gonzalez (AZ); Christie Kirchoff (FL); Tracy Little (NJ); Eva Mancheno (NJ); Keelia O’Malley (LA); Allison Schnitzer (NV); Janell Smith (FL);
3. Motion to approve the Appalachian State University (ASU), Nutrition and Health Care Management, Beaver College of Health Sciences, as a new ASPHN Partner passed unanimously.
4. Motion to approve the letter requesting the Institute of Child Nutrition’s (ICN) to remove recipes that do not meet CACFP meal pattern requirements from their Child Nutrition Recipe Box: Recipes for Centers website passed unanimously.
5. Motion to approve entering into an agreement with the American Heart Association for ASPHN to become a Grantee for the American Heart Association’s – Healthy for Life® program and approve up to $5,000 of unrestricted funds to cover administrative costs to administer the agreement passed unanimously.
6. Motion to approve a cap of 50 people under one Associate membership passed unanimously.
7. Policy Committee actions on behalf of ASPHN since last board report:
o Signed-on to letter from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the National Association of Equal Opportunity (NAFEO) in Higher Education addressed to congressional leadership; asking Congress to set aside $310 million to strengthen and grow allied health programs such as nutrition and dietetics to increase the proportion of health professionals from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups.
o Signed-on to letter from the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) addressed to Congress. The letter urges Congress and the White House to immediately boost Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and make investments in other critical nutrition programs with proven health and economic impacts.
o Signed-on to list of organizational endorsements collected by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) in support of Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán’s (D-CA) bill The Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2020 (H.R. 6561), which would create a program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to focus on the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), including grants to states for a public health approach to SDOH.
o Signed-on to letter from Safe Routes Partnership addressed to members of the House of Representatives asking them to vote in favor of the INVEST Act and the Brownley Amendment. The INVEST Act takes a major step towards ensuring that states address the significantly rising rates of people dying while biking and walking. The Brownley amendment would ensure that for metro areas with bike/ped safety issues, funding and project selection is made at the local level where they are most familiar with the challenges and improvements needed.
o Signed-on to a letter from Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), American Public Health Association (APHA), Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Big Cities Health Coalition, and National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The letter is addressed to the Honorable Alex M. Azar Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, urging the Secretary to buttress and expand the critical role of CDC and that of all public health agencies during this epic COVID-19 crisis.