The ASPHN board of directors met on September 10, 2021.
- Two General membership applications were approved: Megan Harlan (WA); Wendy Terrell (LA).
- Five Associate membership applications were approved: Kimberly Hill (NJ); Susan Krahn (WI); Susan Liles (CA); Alexis Motley (LA); Walker Rowsey (HI).
- Motion to approve forming an ad-hoc committee of the Board of Directors for the specific task of filling the 2022-2023 student representative board position, and to be chaired by the board Secretary and composed of an odd number of ASPHN members but not less than three (3) individuals passed unanimously.
- Policy Committee actions on behalf of ASPHN since last board report:
- Working closely with Karen Probert, ASPHN Executive Director, the Policy committee submitted this letter of interest/application to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) HP2030 Champion program which recognizes approved applicants as HP2030 Champions on the Healthy People website.·
- Signed on to the:
– Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) letter urging congressional leadership to pass the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 and enact a mandatory & permanent extension of Medicaid and CHIP postpartum coverage to one year paired with a Federal Medical Assistance Percentage match of 100%. These two actions, taken together, would help to address deep inequities for pregnant people of color and improve maternal health across the U.S.
– Physical Activity Alliance’s letter to the Senate in support of funding CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO), which would include $10 million for Active People Healthy Nation and $15 million for the High Obesity Program initiative. This letter is requesting that DNPAO be funded at $125 million. Please use this form to sign-on by August 16, 2021.
– WIC’s Cash Value Benefit (CVB) letter urging Congress to move before September 30 to extend a short-term WIC benefit increase to assure that mothers and their children have adequate resources, to ensure nutrition security, and to improve the nutrient intake and health outcomes for millions of low-income Americans.
– Center for Science in the Public Interest’s (CSPI) coalition letter in support of the Food Labeling Modernization Act.