Academy Asks for Minority Institution Funding to Increase Nutrition and Dietetics, Allied Health Workforce

05/29/2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted people of color, in part due to reduced access to health care, healthy foods and safe opportunities to be active. In a letter sent by the Academy and the National Association of Equal Opportunity in Higher Education to congressional leadership, the Academy states:  “Poor nutrition contributes to the development of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure and also mediates the inflammatory and immune response that increases the likelihood of poor COVID-19 outcomes.”

The Academy partnered with NAFEO to ask Congress to set aside $310 million to strengthen and grow allied health programs such as nutrition and dietetics to increase the proportion of health professionals from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups.