President’s Vision – September 2012
The theme of this year, along with the theme of the 2012 annual meeting, is “We are Better Together”. As during the previous year, the focus of this year will be on state public policy issues in addition to training or educating our grassroots or local RD’s on what is happening and how we can impact and promote our message to key decision and policy makers throughout our great state. I am especially grateful to Sue Linja and Elaine Long for stepping up to the plate to help move the Idaho Academy forward in a positive manner.
My vision for the Idaho Academy includes building strategic relationships and strengthening our local chapters. We are a geographically diverse and large in size state, which brings challenges with communication and cohesiveness with our members. We currently have a strong presence in Treasure Valley Dietitians, as well as Pocatello and the newly formed Magic Valley chapters. The Idaho Falls chapter is forming with their first official meeting slated for the end of October. My vision is to encourage Latah and/or Kootenai County or Northern Idaho chapter form and become a venue to disperse information, train future leaders and build relationships between and among each other (and plan the 2014 annual meeting in Spokane).
In terms of training and providing technical assistance on state policy issues to our local chapters, Connie Lorenz would be the point person in the North (current Licensure Liaison just returned from the Academy’s Licensure Meeting in San Francisco), Sue Linja in Central Idaho (Policy Relations & Advocacy Chair and provided trainings to TVD and MVD last year on policy/licensure issues) and Becky in the Eastern part of the State (PPC and active and attended PPW in DC the past several years).
Our public policy efforts are better suited to training at these local groups rather than just those that attend the state meeting. In this local venue, we may also access non-members, which may be the deciding factor to join Idaho’s Academy. A goal is to reach both members and non-members – making a personal connection in some way with all 500 – 750 of the Registered Dietitians in our state. Other venues to communicate our message would be accomplished via local chapter(s), website, targeted emails or our regional leaders at the policy level.
I look forward to this upcoming year, knowing that we are indeed, better together… Onward with vigor and confidence
RoseAnna B. Holliday, PhD, RD, LD, MPH
President, Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2012-2013
Twin Falls, Idaho