Policy Committee —COMMITTEES—

The Policy Committee is ASPHN’s voice in promoting and influencing public health nutrition policies.

It monitors key national issues that align with the strategic goals of ASPHN. The Committee works with ASPHN members and partner organizations to improve our communication and elevate the visibility of public health nutrition issues. The Committee accomplishes its objectives through education and communication with members, partners, and decision makers.  The Policy Committee co-chairs are Jennifer Young (OR) and Max Young (CO).  If you’d like to help out with the Policy Committee’s efforts, contact Michelle Futrell.

The Committee works with our partner organizations around the nation on these priority issues, including the Trust for America’s Health, National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity, United Fresh Produce Association, United States Breastfeeding Committee, ASTHO affiliates and the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

The Policy Committee is focusing on a number of priority areas this year:

  • 2015 Dietary Guidelines

  • Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act / Child Nutrition Reauthorization

  • Prevention and Public Health Fund

  • Nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention funding for state health departments

  • Menu labeling regulations

  • MCH Block Grant

  • Chronic Disease Funding

  • SNAP-Education

  • Nutrition Facts Label

  • 2014 Farm Bill

  • Health Equity as it relates to healthy foods.

Committee Structure

Committee Membership

Any member of ASPHN is welcome to participate in the Policy Committee's activities. Members can be involved in the Committee on an ongoing basis or they can join our efforts on a specific project or issue.


The Committee meets monthly via conference call throughout the year. Committee members work on their priority issues by e-mail and phone.

Educating & Informing

The Policy Committee keeps the ASPHN Board of Directors informed about its activities through monthly board reports. The Committee educates ASPHN members about important public health nutrition issues by posting on our site, sending newsletters & facebook.

Policy Resources

Prevention and Public Health Fund

Updates on Priority Issues & Comments

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