MS-AND May 2018 Newsletter


The MS-AND Board of Directors Welcomes the 2018-2019 President-elect

Congratulations to Brady Taylor, RDN, LD on being elected as MS-AND 2018-2019 President-elect. The MS-AND Board of Directors looks forward to working with you in the coming year.

District Updates

Gulf Coast District

Gulf Coast District Takes a Trip to the Island…

…Chandeleur Island Brewing Company that is! On May 4th, GC-AND members met up after work to learn about the process of brewing beer and spend time getting to know each other better. There are plans for more socials later this summer. These future events will be posted on our website and facebook page, as plans come together.


Northwest District

We are excited to announce that we are re-structuring the North West MS AND District. We are currently underway in planning the 2018 -19 year. We will have some exciting guest speakers and great opportunities for CPEs. Our first meeting of the 2018 – 19 year will be on June 21st, 2018 at the CAPPS center in Indianola, MS from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. We are working on re-vamping our email contact list so if you would like to receive updates about meetings and other events in our area, please email to be added to our list. We hope to see you soon at one of our meetings!

Central District Update

Did you know we are all biophysicists?

Elana Dent, MS, RD, CDE spoke at the Central District meeting on May 11, 2018 at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi. She is a researcher with the UMMC Department of Physiology and Biophysics. Ms. Dent helped attendees understand the importance of research, and that all dietitians are scientists.

Ms. Dent also helps to coordinate the Culinary Medicine class for UMMC School of Medicine. This is a course that is based on curriculum from the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University (  Check out this YouTube video of the class:

The Academy Affiliates President-elect Training in Chicago

The Academy hosted a training event for Presidents-Elects in the Chicago area March 10-12, 2018. MS-AND sent our President-elect, Lydia West. She is looking forward to sharing information that she learned with the MS-AND Board of Directors and members.

May is Research Month

May is Nutrition Research Month! We encourage you to showcase value through research and use Academy resources. If your group currently participates or is interested in participating in scientific activities, you must adhere to the Scientific Integrity Principles. If you have any questions, please contact Gaby Proaño at

Opportunity to Enroll in Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) in Rural and Urban Areas

The National Rural Accountable Care Consortium (NRACC) invites eligible RDNs to enroll in TCPI, a CMS Innovation Model to train clinicians in health transformation and multiple aspects of value based care. NRACC has approximately 2500 clinician slots for clinicians through the end of 2018.  Primary care practices with which an RDN works would need to enroll, and would receive resources and support around Medicare’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System. Access more information about TCPI visit.

In order to participate practices must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TIN) for participating practices, and National Provider Identifier (NPI) numbers for participating clinicians in 30 days.
  • Complete a baseline assessment within 30 days, and periodic follow-up practice assessments after 90 days in the program. Assessments take 1 hour.
  • Designate a program coordinator (e.g., RDN or other staff) to commit 5- 10 hours per month to the program & attend 1-hour practice redesign coaching sessions with your NRACC account team.
  • Provide quality-measure data quarterly for at least a subset of nine quality measures

If you would like to learn more, you may contact Maeve McClellan, MPH, CPHQ, Director, Network and Strategy at, or staff contact Michelle Kuppich, RD, Senior Manager, Nutrition Services Integration,

Transforming a Vision into Action Award

Member Voting is open May 4 -18 for the Transforming a Vision into Action Award

As an Academy member, take advantage of this unique opportunity to select the 2018 Transforming Vision into Action Award recipient.  Review the video and abstract for each finalist. Then cast your vote for the submission that you feel best transforms a vision into action for dietetics practice and/or education.

Action Needed

The 2018 Farm Bill is a way to Promote Healthy People, Healthful Food Systems and a Strong Economy

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has laid out four recommendations for the 2018 Farm Bill:

  1. Empower consumers – drive demand toward healthful foods and reduce food waste,
  2. Ensure sound science and program evaluation for future evidenced-based decision making,
  3. Support innovative nutrition assistance programs to improve access to healthful, affordable and safe foods, and
  4. Support the food supply chain: producers and retailers that create a healthful and safe food system and reduces food waste.

Please use the Academy Take Action website to let your U.S. House of Representatives member know how important this bill is to the Mississippians we work with every day:

To learn more, click here:

Delta State Dietetics Student Qualifies for World Air Rifle Championship

Delta State University (DSU) dietetic intern, Alison Weisz, recently qualified for the 2018 World Championship Air Rifle team.   Alison will be graduating from the DSU Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics in May of 2018.   After graduation, she will be moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado to train at the Olympic Training Center so that she can compete on the international level.   Alison is from Belgrade, Montana.