|MS-AND Delegate Report
The MS-AND Delegate, Karen Lewis, attended the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics House of Delegates (HOD) fall meeting in Chicago, IL. Two topics were discussed using Appreciative Inquiry (AI):
- Championing Nutrition and Dietetics Practitioners in Roles of Leadership in Public Health, and
- Draft Code of Ethics: Education and Communication Strategies
The Championing Nutrition and Dietetics Practitioners in Roles of Leadership in Public Health Mega Issue Question was “How can nutrition and dietetics practitioners secure influential public health positions in institutions, organizations, and government bodies?”
Ten theme areas in public health nutrition emerged from this meeting: Advocacy and Policy Experience, Boots on the Ground, Building Professional and Personal Relationships, Collaboration, Communication Skills, Complementary Skill Development, Mentoring, Outcomes and Data Management, Technology, Volunteer Experiences.
Open Space Sessions were held on that Friday afternoon. All meeting participants brainstormed ideas for advancing leadership roles in public health and the process was advanced to the design phase of AI. The House Leadership Team is reviewing the HOD workbooks from the dialogue and will be discussing the next steps for the deploy phase of AI.
To address the Draft Code of Ethics: Education and Communication Strategies Dialogue Question: “How can we communicate and educate relevant stakeholders on the finalized and approved Code of Ethics? To answer this question, the attendees (1) worked to identify effective communication and education strategies for the final revised and approved Code of Ethics, and (2) assisted in identifying case examples/scenarios related to the proposed principles in the draft Code of Ethics. The House Leadership Team will share the ideas generated during the HOD meeting with the Code of Ethics Task Force and Ethics Committee.
The spring meeting will be conducted virtually April 21-22, 2018. The next in-person meeting will be at the 2018 FNCE meeting in Washington, D.C.