ASPHN Key Messages

ASPHN is a dynamic and growing organization committed to the field of public health nutrition. Our key messages help others better understand our Association and the members we serve, as well as our work and priorities.

last update: 2024-02

We encourage our members, liaisons, partners and consultants to use the following key messages when sharing information with others about ASPHN. These key messages were written with you in mind. They offer clear and accurate language that you can use in presentations, updates, articles, meetings and other professional exchanges.

ASPHN SERVES NUTRITION PROFESSIONALS

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists is a non-profit membership organization comprised of public health nutritionists and related professionals.

  • ASPHN offers state and national leadership on food and nutrition policy, programs and services that help improve the health of our population.
  • ASPHN seeks to create new environmental norms where healthy eating and active living are the easy and natural choices for all Americans.

ASPHN ADVANCES PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITIONISTS

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists promotes the value of public health nutritionists.

  • Public health nutritionists are professionals with academic training and experience in both public health and nutrition, who are often registered dietitians with advanced degrees.
  • Public health nutritionists possess diverse skills and expertise ranging from nutrition science…to food systems and food environments…to finance and grant management.

ASPHN DEVELOPS LEADERS

For over 70 years, the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists has been developing and empowering current and future leaders in public health nutrition.

  • ASPHN’s members are at the forefront of results-oriented, healthful outcomes across the nation.
  • ASPHN provides online and in-person leadership development resources and training programs to its members.
  • ASPHN recognizes excellence in public health leadership through its yearly awards program.
  • ASPHN actively engages future leaders in public health nutrition through affordable student membership status as well as association leadership and internship opportunities.

ASPHN PRIORITIZES DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION 

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists’ policies, practices and programs prioritize inclusion, involvement and the professional advancement of all members.
  • ASPHN prioritizes diversity, equity and inclusion among members of every age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status.
  • ASPHN believes diverse ideas and perspectives strengthen the organization and advance collective and individual growth.
  • ASPHN is committed to productive discourse in respectful and safe environments.

ASPHN ADVANCES FOOD & NUTRITION SECURITY

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists’ 800-plus members work to achieve health equity related to nutrition and physical activity practices in their communities and states.
  • ASPHN’s members support policies, funding, strategies and programs that promote nutrition and physical activity and prevent disease.
  • From prioritizing food and nutrition security, to advancing access and consumption of vegetables and fruits, to promoting breastfeeding and maternal and child health and nutrition, ASPHN’s members share a common drive and passion for public health nutrition.

ASPHN IS COMMITTED TO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists helps its members become better public health nutritionists through key resources and professional development.
  • ASPHN keeps its members up-to-date on emerging issues, policies, opportunities, strategies, grants, research and other pertinent data.
  • ASPHN’s communication tools include an information-rich website, monthly e-newsletter, active social media engagement and a professional development blog.
  • ASPHN strengthens its members’ work by keeping legislators informed of priority issues.

ASPHN FACILITATES VITAL NETWORKING

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists facilitates beneficial peer support and interaction that encourages the sharing of innovative ideas.
  • ASPHN’s annual conference, committees and workgroups bring members together in meaningful and productive ways.
  • ASPHN’s active members build relationships with peers in other states and are able to learn what they are doing and how their peers’ work can be applied in their own communities.

ASPHN BUILDS STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists builds strategic partnerships with government agencies and other organizations for successful outcomes in public health.
  • Every year, ASPHN partners with dozens of organizations to achieve shared goals.
  • ASPHN’s Collaboration Committee trains and supports Association liaisons, identifies partnership gaps, and fields collaboration requests from other organizations.
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