Academy Shares Key Policy Priorities with CDC Director, Extends Offer for Collaboration

05/20/2021 - In a letter sent to Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Academy highlighted our efforts to foster health equity and our work with the CDC in the past, and extended an offer to continue collaborations with the agency in the future.

The Academy outlined recent and ongoing initiatives to address health equity:

  • Our role as a longtime supporter of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity and the Division's Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health and State Physical Activity and Nutrition grant programs
  • Request for $125 million in federal funding for DNPAO to support CDC's efforts to build state and local capacity to implement and scale interventions that would improve nutrition and promote physical activity
  • Our request for $75.5 million in federal funding for CDC's REACH grant program and $27 million for its affiliated program Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country to address the disproportionate impact of chronic disease on racial and ethnic populations in urban, rural and tribal areas
  • Continued work as a member of the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance to address health disparities for nutrition-related chronic diseases
  • Hosting the annual Nutrition and Health Equity Summit in collaboration with the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust to increase visibility of the importance of nutrition security and access to nutrition care services for achieving optimal community health
  • Disseminating the CDC's evidence-based advice throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to members and consumers
  • Working with CDC in 2020 to create a COVID-19 school reopening resource for school nutrition professionals.

"Academy members are the food and nutrition experts and understand the critical role nutrition plays in overall health and achieving health equity," the letter states. "We are also committed to increasing the diversity of our profession and improving access to culturally sensitive nutrition services."