ASPHN's Policy Committee

The ASPHN Policy Committee is the association’s voice in promoting and influencing public health nutrition policies. By diligently probing national issues which align with ASPHN’s priority issues, the committee strives to influence the adoption of evidence-based and best practice public health nutrition policies. The Policy Committee responds to key public health nutrition issues and federal legislation by submitting public comments on behalf of ASPHN. It also signs onto letters of advocacy with partner organizations. The committee’s comprehensive Priority Watch List guides and directs its advocacy efforts.

To ensure greater health equity for our most vulnerable and at-risk populations, the ASPHN Policy Committee strives to address systemic racism as well as its potentially destructive influence upon the social determinants of health (SDOH). Our decision-making process for how best to utilize the committee’s resources are guided by the PETAL protocol.

THE COMMITTEE’S IMPACT

In 2022, the Committee took on 76 sign-on actions and submitted comments on scientific questions regarding the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2025–2030.

THE COMMITTEE’S IMPACT

In 2023, we submitted comments on front-of-label packaging, revisions to WIC packages, USDA Community Eligibility, DGA meal pattern consistency, and the definition of “Healthy” on food packages.

COMMITTEE MEMBER ACTIVITIES AND BENEFITS

  • NETWORKING with other public health professionals across the nation
  • RESOURCES & SUPPORT for your public health nutrition projects and activities
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT opportunities for continuing education
  • POLICY & ADVOCACY SKILLS for application to your work
  • LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT opportunities abound
  • EDUCATE ASPHN members about important public health nutrition issues across ASPHN resources
  • RELEASE monthly board reports informing on committee activities
  • STUDENT ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES are available within our welcoming group. Check out this flyer to learn more and lend your voice to our efforts.

Learn more by reviewing the Committee Workplan. Are you a student?

OUR COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP

CO-CHAIRS
Chris Mornick, MPH, RDN, Nutrition Coordinator at Washington Department of Health, ASPHN Appointed Member, Washington

Emily Moree, MPA, RDN, IBCLC, WIC Nutrition Services Manager at Arizona Department of Health Services, ASPHN General Member, Arizona

“The Policy Committee is a fun and engaging way to learn about the latest federal nutrition policies and opportunities, collectively inform federal policies and programs through comment opportunities and sign-on requests, and get to know other state dietitians around the country. I love being a member because it helps me stay informed and make lasting connections that benefit my work every day.”

– CHRIS MORNICK, MPH, RDN, NUTRITION COORDINATOR, WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, ASPHN APPOINTED MEMBER

Join the Policy Committee!

The Policy Committee provides ASPHN members with timely information on public health nutrition policy issues through emails, webinars, newsletter articles, social media, website posts and monthly Board reports. Our committee is open to any ASPHN member. What’s more, you can be involved in the Committee on an ongoing basis or join our efforts on a specific project or issue. Join us today!

Policy-Related Resources 

UPCOMING MEETINGS

The Policy Committee meets virtually to plan and support Committee activities.

  • Every month on the 2nd Thursday at 2:00 pm ET
See Minutes From Our Previous Meetings
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