Happy Spring! We are already off to an exciting start to this season of renewal.

We had a great time at the 2018 Clinical Nutrition Management Symposium 
in Albuquerque, NM. Many wonderful presenters shared their expertise and insights on various topics, providing us all with practical tools and ideas on moving our “Vision into a Plan of Action – Shaping the Next Century of Nutrition and Dietetics.” The opportunity to learn and to collaborate with our fellow CNM DPG members was invigorating.  We were grateful to have Academy President-Elect, Mary Russell with us.

Your Executive Committee was also hard at work at the Symposium, updating our CNM DPG Mission/Vision and Strategic Plan to align with the Academy’s, integrating strategies and action items that specifically support the unique needs of our DPG members.

We also approved a fiscally responsible budget to support our Strategic Plan into the next fiscal year that incorporates funding a Second Century donation to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation in FY19 to support the Malnutrition Clinical Characteristics (MCC) Validation and Staffing Study. This research study is of vital interest and importance to our CNM DPG Members, aligning with our Mission/Vision and the specific Strategic Plan Action Item to provide evidence-based resource tools to the Clinical Nutrition Manager/Leader to support transformative care in healthcare nutrition management. We are excited about this next phase in the Dietitian Staffing Study that our CNM DPG initiated and sponsored in previous years, and the ability to link it to malnutrition clinical characteristics validation even more so. We look forward to collaborating with the Academy, the Academy Foundation, the Commission on Dietetic Registration, and other DPGs to support this critical research endeavor.

And if you know of a colleague (or a dietetics student in their management training) who has not yet joined the CNM DPG, be sure to refer them to our CNM DPG Member Benefits page to check out the wealth of resources that could be available to them. As a reminder, we have three sub-units that meet and communicate about varied practice interests (CNM Pediatrics, Informatics, and Quality Process Improvement), many professional development resources, the Member Resource Library, and the CNM Electronic Mailing Lists (EMLs).

I wish you the very best, and if there is anything you need from your Executive Committee, please let us know.

Barbara Lusk, MFCS, RD, LDN, FAND

Chair, CNM DPG 2017-2018

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