Public Policy for the RD

NOTE: PLEASE TAKE THE PRE-TEST BEFORE REVIEWING THE CONTENT OF THIS LEARNING MODULE AND THE POST-TEST WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE MODULE.

I. Introduction:

As professionals in the health field, Registered Dietitians have a responsibility to be well-informed on current public health policy issues and to maintain the skills necessary to advocate better health policies.  This learning module is intended to give a basic overview of public policy, specifically related to health and nutrition.  Some of the basic principles of the U.S. legislative system are covered, as well as several reasons these concepts are essential to the effectiveness of the RD and to other health professionals, and ways to start advocating for healthier communities.

Overview:

I. Introduction

II. Pre-test

  • To assess the current knowledge of the dietetics professional

III. Public Policy Basics

  • Understanding the importance of the political process

IV. How a Bill Becomes a Law

  • Short video
  • Summarization & elaboration

V. Strategies of Public Policy

  • Build coalitions
  • Communicate with your representatives
  • Create outreach and education opportunities
  • Vote with your fork
  • Letters, calls, emails, etc.

VI. Nutrition Public Policy

  • The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act
  • The Farm Bill
  • Menu Labeling

VII. Conclusion

VIII. Post-test

  • To assess the effectiveness of this learning module

Sources

How to Use This Learning Module:

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