Public Health/Community Nutrition Practice Group

PHCNPG Dietetic Practice Group

Academy Public Policy Activities and Resources

Volunteer Opportunity

Support development of a November webinar on how to advocate for public health nutrition. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Alicia Grove, PHCNPG PAL at

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Latest News from the Hill

On October 9, 2020 USDA extended child nutrition waivers. Key child nutrition waivers that provide free, healthy meals to all children will be extended for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. The Academy applauds USDA for swiftly using the authority and funding given to the agency through the continuing resolution. Read more here.

Academy Alerts

Find the latest action alerts from the Academy here. Both Academy membes and nonmembers can take action.

Current Action Alerts (10/14/2020)

  • Support Access to Healthy Food and Nutrition Services: Americans need immediate relief from the rising rates of food insecurity and continued economic stress exacerbated by the COVID-19 national emergency. COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted communities of color—already at greatest risk for food insecurity and diet related health disparities. No major stimulus legislation aimed at addressing food insecurity and nutrition services has passed since the CARES Act was signed into law in March. Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an updated HEROES Act COVID-19 relief package which maintains key nutrition priorities introduced in the original bill back in May. The Academy urges members of the Senate to pass a stimulus relief bill that includes these critical provisions.
  • Support Malnutrition Awareness Week and the MNT Act: Introduced by U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy (Conn.) and Chuck Grassley (Iowa), S.Res. 716 designates October 5 to October 9 as Malnutrition Awareness Week and acknowledges RDNs for their efforts to prevent malnutrition. In addition, the resolution supports emergency funding for federal nutrition programs to address malnutrition. The Medical Nutrition Therapy Act (S. 4504) provides coverage through Medicare Part B for MNT for people with malnutrition, unintentional weight loss and many other chronic conditions. This resolution and bill impact our profession and our communities. Please take five minutes to complete this action alert today. Every member’s participation is important in reaching the Academy’s public policy goals.
Regulatory Comment Opportunities 
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Page Updated: October 16, 2020 

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