March 10, 2022
32nd Annual Legislation & Public Policy Advocacy Day
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Once again, we will be meeting virtually to convene the Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Public Policy Day. Feedback from last year’s attendees was overwhelmingly positive so we are meeting once again through a virtual platform.
We strive to help all nutrition and dietetic professionals learn not only about policies at the state and federal level, but how to use your expertise in nutrition for the advancement of nutrition care and services. Registered dietitian nutritionists, nutrition and dietetic technicians, certified dietary managers interns, and students can all have an impact in overall public health and policy development, therefore your legislators need to hear from you.
At the close of the session, the dietetic professional will have:
- Up-to-date information on Federal legislative issues affecting dietetics
- Current information on how nutrition professionals are implementing federal policies related to nutrition in the state of Ohio
- Increased awareness of the need to advocate on nutrition issues with legislators and other policy makers
- Learned about the Consumer Protection efforts of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
12:00 pm Opening statements, Natalie Stephens, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
12:05 pm Video Greeting by Representative Boggs (D) and Senator Roegner (R)
12:20 pm Mark Rifkin, MS, RDN, Mgr. Consumer Protection & Regulation, AND
Cynthia Blocksom, Med ,RDN, LD, MCHES, FAND
“Consumer Protection and How Strong Licensure Laws Protect the Public”
1:00 pm Kendra Schmuck, RDN, LD, CDE Federal Polices
1:10 pm Kay Mavko, MS, RDN, LD: Licensure and Ohio Medical Board Update
1:20 pm Q & A
Representative Kristin Boggs represents District 18 in the state of Ohio. Along with her extensive background in public service, policy, and legal issues, Rep. Boggs has served as a board member for the American Constitution Society since 2010, she volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Franklin County, and she was a working committee member of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association 2013 Leadership Institute. Rep. Boggs represents the 18th House District, which consists of Columbus, Bexley, Grandview Heights, and parts of central Franklin County.
Senator Kristina Roegner is serving her first term in the Ohio Senate representing the 27th Senate District which includes Ohioans living in Wayne County and parts of Summit and Stark counties. Senator Roegner joins the Senate after serving four terms in the Ohio House from 2011-2018. Prior to her time in public office, she worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, serving global clients on performance and strategic issues. She also was a field engineer and project manager for Westinghouse Power Generation Service Division, where she was responsible for leading teams to overhaul large turbines and generators at power plants across the country. She lives in Hudson, Ohio.
Natalie Stephens, MS, RDN, LD, FAND is an Associate Director of Hospitals Accreditation for OSUWMC. In this role, she leverages policies, standards, and federal regulations to comply with Medicare conditions of participation for hospital accreditation. Natalie assists the OAND policy team with the Consumer Protection Coordinator role helping to educate members on the importance of reporting harm, and the difference between licensure (protecting the public) and Academy membership (protecting your credential) as well as ensuring our state licensing board is functional. Having a passion for policy started as an intern participant in the national Advocacy Day back in 2003. Natalie has served as Columbus Dietetic Association Policy Chair, OAND State Policy Co-Chair, OAND President, and Chair of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition Service Payment Committee
Kendra Schmuck, RDN, LD, CDE is a registered dietitian nutritionist, licensed dietitian who is certified as a diabetes educator. She has completed certification of training in Adult Weight Management & Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management. She has a Bachelor of Science in dietetics with an emphasis in food service management from Bowling Green State University. She did her dietetic internship through Idaho State University. She has worked as a diabetes educator, outpatient medical nutrition therapist, clinical medical nutrition therapist and in health promotion. She is currently employed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base as the Chief of Clinical Dietetics. In her spare time, she is the public policy coordinator of the Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Public Policy Chair for the Dayton Dietetic Association.
Kay Mavko, MS, RDN, LD is a long-time Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics member from Dublin, Ohio who has worked in adult and pediatric nutrition as a clinical dietitian, dietitian manager, and consultant, and then became the Director of the Ohio Board of Dietetics for over 13 years. Now retired from full-time employment, Kay currently is involved in public policy work in Ohio as the State Regulatory Specialist for the OAND and helps monitor the State Medical Board of Ohio activities related to dietitian licensure.
Mark Rifkin, MS, RDN is the Manager, Consumer Protection and Regulation for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in the AND Washington DC office. He manages issuance of Academy comments to regulatory agencies and executes state licensure efforts as well as strategically defining policies and education diverse audiences. He is a specialist in sustainability and its intersection with food and nutrition.
Cynthia Blocksom, MEd, RDN, LD, MCHES, FAND teaches at the University of Cincinnati while devoting an extensive amount of time advocating for the dietetic profession. She is currently chairperson of the Academy’s Consumer Protection and Licensure subcommittee while also being the Cincinnati’s district Legislative policy and Reimbursement Co-chair. (GCAND). She also completed a five-year appointment on the Ohio Board of Dietetics. She is passionate about how public policy affects health and safety of the public.
CPE Level: 2
Performance Indicators: 3.2.1, 3.2.3, 3.2.6, 3.2.7
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