Mechanisms through which your voice is heard include grassroots networks, political action, legislative and regulatory involvement and survey participation.
All Academy groups must maintain a consistent message on public policy issues. When you represent the Academy, or make a formal statement on Academy policy views, always consult with the Academy Washington office in advance.
Public policy efforts always reside with state affiliates because they're connected to the state government bodies and via the Academy's D.C. office of policy initiatives and advocacy to the federal government. Members may speak on their own behalf, on behalf of their affiliate, or in their own name on the behalf of other organizations.
DPG and MIG members are specialists in a specific field and a specific area of member demographics, and you have firsthand knowledge of what issues affect your particular specialty and demographic. Communicate these issues with the PIA office of the Academy so that we can work together on finding a solution.
Develop Evidence-Based Guidelines
You are the experts in your specialty and social demographic area, and the Academy needs your proactive guidance and input on best practices and current trends. The evidence-based guidelines DPGs can provide are invaluable.
Develop an "Outcomes" Discipline and Support Quality Improvement
The Academy embraced evidence-based practice to give our members the tools to best serve the public and with the awareness that expansion of nutrition care and services is dependent upon continuous attention to quality. To retain and advance the status of RDs, our members must collect outcomes data and rigorously analyze them to make quality improvements. In their role of leading practice, DPGs must lead their members to adopt this discipline.
Appoint a Public Policy Liaison to Your Executive Committee
Having a PPL on your executive committee gives you an identifiable link to the PIA office to enhance communication on public policy issues between the Academy and your members. This is the best way to begin your public policy efforts.
Read the White Paper Describing DPG/MIG Involvement with Public Policy
Provide Input and Expertise for Official Academy Statements
You are an excellent resource for Academy task force reports and House of Delegates policy papers. Watch for these opportunities and offer your practice expertise and demographic and cultural knowledge.
Provide Media Statements
Encourage your members to work with their state affiliate to represent the profession to the media and provide current information based on the best available scientific evidence in line with Academy stances and advocacy campaigns.
Communicate with Federal or State Officials
Encourage your members to work with their state affiliate to represent the profession to their federal and state officials and provide current information based on the best available scientific evidence in line with Academy stances and advocacy campaigns.
Prepare Issue Analysis or Position Papers in Response to D.C. Requests
Provide your expertise to help shape Academy policies.
Advise the LPPC on the Need to Develop New Positions
The Legislative and Public Policy Committee is the connection between the members and the Board of Directors and keeps a pulse on current policy that affects the profession. The DPGs and MIGs have an important role in helping the LPPC maintain accurate and current as practice changes and evolves. You should provide input and recommendations to the LPPC based on the best available scientific evidence.
Engage with State Affiliates
Encourage your members to engage with their state affiliate on issues important to your DPG/MIG. It is essential that your DPG/MIG members make themselves available to their state affiliate as a resource in their specialty/demographic. The members of your group can provide invaluable information to the efforts and effectiveness of their state affiliate.