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The Public Policy Committee is a team of registered dietitians, dietetic interns, and students pursuing dietetics who lobby for policies that advance our profession, as well as those that promote the health and well-being of the general public. We focus on brainstorming proposals for legislation, tracking proposed legislation, promoting proposed legislation, communicating with legislators, and organizing lobby days in Albany and Washington DC. We coordinate with the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), as well as the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NYSAND).

  • Monday, November 01, 2021 8:42 PM | Webmaster GNYDA (Administrator)

    Attention all dietitians, the New York State Senate bill passed the Therapeutic Order Writing for RDs! We need your help and the time is short!

    Our current focus is on Assembly Members and we only have until the second week of November to get the bill passed in the Assembly before we need to start over.

    • GNYDA clinical nutrition and DI/DPD leaders: please show the video at staff and student meetings!
    • GNYDA members meet with your Assembly Member by the second week of November – this is critical to our profession!

    Here are some documents to help you through the process:

    If you have any questions, Josephine is our task force lead. Her contact information is as noted below and she is also cc'd on this message.

    Josephine Connolly-Schoonen, PhD, RD
    631-638-2132 or 631-444-7916

  • Friday, November 15, 2019 9:11 PM | Coordinator GNYDA (Administrator)

    Michelle Brenseke, GNYDA public policy co-chair, alongside Northwell Health DI Director and Dietetic Interns, met with Senator John Liu's office in November 2019 to discuss NYSAND's licensure and TDO bills.

  • Thursday, June 20, 2019 11:41 AM | Coordinator GNYDA (Administrator)

    GNYDA's Public Policy Co-Chair Michelle Brenseke, and student fellow Amey Shue, co-organized a lobby day visit to our beautiful state capital with NYSAND's lobbyist Heather Evans who scheduled meetings with several legislators from the attendees districts.  

    The small, but passionate group of RDNs and dietetic interns spoke with their legislators from both the senate and assembly. They were successful in their efforts to introduce our profession, and gain support and potential co-sponsorship for the Therapeutic Diet Ordering TDO Bill. They also had the wonderful opportunity to thank Assemblywoman Jaffee for her support and sponsorship for both TDO and Licensure Bills.

    Lobby Day Group 2019- Michelle, Katy, Keisha, Maja, & Amey 

    Maja & Katy meeting with their Brooklyn district Senator Staffer

    On The Floor waiting to speak to Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan

    Michelle & Amey meeting with Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan - their Queen's district Assemblywoman- Possible co-sponsor for TDO bill

    Thanking Assemblywoman Jaffee for her support. She is passionate about health via proper nutrition care and education. 

  • Thursday, February 21, 2019 8:55 PM | Coordinator GNYDA (Administrator)

    Email Michelle Brenseke (michelle.brenseke@gmail.com), GNYDA’s Public Policy Coordinator, and she will add you to the Public Policy Committee listserv. You will receive quarterly updates about GNYDA and NYSAND’s public policy efforts, as well as stay in the loop about lobby days, action alerts, and legislative updates.