The ASPHN Board of Directors met on March 13, 2020.
1. The Board approved 16 new Expanded Member applications: Kaneisha Barnett-Greer (MS), Alan Brown (AZ), Cindy Cohen (NV), Cristina Guterman (AZ), Brittany Howard (AZ), Tracey Johnson (GA), Emily Mattern (MI), Lauren Maxwell (TX), Sarah Metcalf (NV), Kelly Teeple (MO), Cayla Waxman (AZ), Tasha Williams (AZ), Nila Williamson (WA), Devon Torres-Wilson (AZ), Lisa Winghart (AZ), Ivan Zacarias (AZ); and 3 new Associate Member (2 student) applications: Tricia Alexander (MN), Natalie Nation (MN), Kyle Thompson (NC).
2. A motion to approve renaming the “Student” membership fee to “Emerging Professional” fee, and continue to accept these applications in the Associate Member category and expanding the eligibility of paying this fee to include those individuals in the first 2 years following graduation passed unanimously.
3. Policy Committee actions on behalf of ASPHN since last board report:
· MCH Nutrition Council & PC Webinar Collaboration: Moving Public Health Nutrition Policies Forward: Supporting Moms and Babies In the First 1000 Days.
· Submitted comments to USDA/FNS/DGAC on behalf of ASPHN Re: 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Request for Comments [Docket FNS-2019-0001].
· Signed onto:
- USBC – letter to Congress in support of S.3170) the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act to support breastfeeding employees by strengthening the existing Break Time for Nursing Mothers law.
- Petition from 1000 Days and UConn Rudd Center requesting the USDA/FDA regarding “transition formula” and “toddler milks.” There are currently no FDA regulations or guidance documents specifically devoted to toddler drinks’ standard of identify, ingredients, nutrition labeling, or claim requirements.
- National WIC Association sign-on letter supporting WIC funding FY 2020.
- National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity sign on letter in support of increased funding for the CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity.
- The Society for Public Health Education, Prevention Institute, Trust for America’s Health, Public Health Institute, The National REACH Coalition, Asian and Pacific Islander Health Forum, and YMCA of the USA sign-on letter supporting funding for CDC’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program.
- AMCHP sign-on letter to the House and Senate Labor-H Subcommittee Chairs and Ranking Members requesting $715 million for FY2021.