The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as key members of your Michigan Academy public policy team, are working on a range of issues to improve the nutritional status of individuals here and around the globe. The Academy is focused on seven priority areas:
- Aging: Progressive policies can better address the needs of older adults. These policies include roles of the RDN in the Older Americans Act.
- Child Nutrition: It is important that children and adolescents have access to a safe, adequate and nutritious food supply and nutrition intervention.
- Food Safety: Food borne illness is preventable, costly and often unreported problem that affects tens of thousands of Americans each year. Those most vulnerable are the elderly, those with compromised immune systems and children under the age of 4, who have the highest incidence of laboratory-confirmed infections. (Read More)
- Health Literacy and Nutrition Advancement: Communicate healthful eating messages to the public that emphasize a balance of foods, rather than any one food, nutrient or meal.
- Medical Nutrition Therapy: Cost-effective and evidence-based interventions that produce a change health practices are likely to lead to substantial reductions in the incidence and severity of the leading causes of death in the US. (Read about Step-by-Step Guide to Medicare Medical Nutrition Therapy Reimbursement and information about Getting Paid)
- Nutrition Monitoring and Research: This area encompasses a large set of activities including: the relationship of food to health, the food supply, food composition and health behavior, food consumption, and nutrient requirements and utilization. Research in these areas are the basis of policy issues related to such items as food assistance, dietary guidelines, food safety, and food labeling. (Read More)
- Obesity/Overweight/Healthy Weight Management: Unless steps are taken to stop the rising incidence of overweight and obesity, the impact on people’s lives and the cost of addressing health programs related to weight issues would be catastrophic.
Affordable Care Act and the RD/RDN/NDTR
The goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to transform health care by addressing some of the problems in our health care system that stood in the way of achieving the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) “Triple Aim”: (1) Better healthcare by improving all aspects of patient care, (2) Better health by encouraging healthier lifestyles in the entire population, and (3) Lower health care costs by promoting preventative medicine. All of which can be achieved through the expertise of RD’s, RDN’s and NDTR’s!
Each of the titles of the ACA includes opportunities for nutrition experts. Listed below are the titles and links to learn more about YOUR role in the ACA:
I. Quality, Affordable Healthcare for All Americans
II. Role of Public Programs
III. Improving the Quality and Efficiency of Care
IV. Prevention of Chronic Disease and Improving Public Health
V. Health Care Workforce
VI. Transparency and Program Integrity
VII. Improving Access to Innovative Therapies
VIII. Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act - since repealed
XI. Revenue Provisions
X. Re-authorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act
To learn more, visit these links:
- The Affordable Care Act, Section by Section
- Academy’s Disease Prevention and Treatment
- Academy’s Patient Centered Medical Home
Public Policy Workshop
The Academy’s Public Policy Workshop is an exciting program that nutrition professionals, if given the opportunity, should attend. The leadership, communication and advocacy training and the valuable information and networking opportunities that you receive during this summit are priceless.
To learn more about Public Policy Workshop and to register, CLICK HERE.