Federal Advocacy

Working with the federal government may seem daunting but thanks to much pre-work by the Academy and great efforts on the part of our UAND advocacy leaders, they always make great strides in communicating and meeting with our national officials.  The information on this page will give you an indication of our active efforts and how you can take simple steps to help promote great things!

Action Alerts

  • Guidance documents:  It’s easy to advocate for our profession and engage in grassroots efforts!  Check out these 4 easy steps to complete action alerts through the Academy’s website.
  • Videos on how to complete action alerts (short and long versions):  Check out these 2 short videos to learn how to complete the Academy’s action alerts on the Grassroots manager (it’s easy!) and why it is important to do so.  Video 1   Video 2
  • Link to the Academy’s Advocacy Page:  Learn more about legislative priorities for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Utah RDNs Participation in the Academy's Legislative Priorities and Grassroots Initiatives

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch is the Chair of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, which is a primary committee responsible for evaluating the American Healthcare Act.  UAND’s Advocacy Pillar sent this letter to Senator Hatch’s office on 9-20-17.

Click here to see UAND members’ participation in grassroots advocacy as measured by action alert participation.

Public Policy Workshop (PPW)

The Academy’s Public Policy Workshop was held on June 25 and 26, 2017 in Washington D.C. to advocate for nutrition services in the new health care bill and the Farm Bill. UAND’s Reimbursement Representative, Nikki Kendrick, and State Policy Rep, Wendy Phillips, attended and met with U.S. Congress members from Utah to advocate for nutrition services.  Click here to learn more!

The Academy’s Public Policy Workshop was held on June 23 and 24, 2016 in Washington D.C.  As members of the Advocacy Pillar for UAND, Martha Archuleta and Wendy Phillips were honored to attend PPW and meet with Congressmen and their aides to advocate for nutrition-related public policy.  Learn more about the 3 legislative priority issues that we discussed with our members of Congress and see some pictures of the event!


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