Mission: Through philanthropy, empower current and future food and nutrition practitioners to optimize global health.
The Academy Foundation has voted to spend an initial $258,000 from its Second Century Fund on three initiatives that align with its new mission and build upon the Foundation’s 50-plus years of success supporting dietetics professionals locally and nationally through scholarships, research grants and awards, and community education. The three initiatives include:
- Addressing Chronic Malnutrition in Central America Fellowship
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is supporting an “Addressing Chronic Malnutrition in Central America” fellowship. This opportunity will fund an RDN member of the Academy to participate in a one-year project in collaboration with Duke Center for International Development. The fellow will work closely with a co-investigator from Duke to accomplish the goals of the project.
The aim of the project is to address chronic malnutrition in an integral way, aligning research, education and policy engagement to eradicate chronic malnutrition in Central America within a decade.
- Transitions of Care Technical Implementation Guide
The creation of a technical guidance manual for health IT vendors (including electronic health records) so that nutrition intervention records are designed and implemented using eNCPT and mandated clinical terminology. This allows for coded nutrition data and narrative text to be received at subsequent care settings, and also meets the interoperability requirements of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan.
- Second Century Scholarship in memory of Constance Geiger
A Second Century Scholarship in memory of past Foundation Board member and long-time donor, Constance Geiger, PhD, RDN, LD, CD. Preference for the scholarship will be given to a PhD student who has an interest in global or regulatory research, a focus area of Second Century efforts and where Constance dedicated much of her time. Donors have stepped up to provide an additional $20,000 to match the initial $10,000 for this scholarship, which will be awarded in 2018.
“Each of these initiatives align perfectly with the Second Century priority areas”, explains Martin Yadrick, MBI, MS, RDN, FAND, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Chair. “The Transitions of Care Technical Implementation Guide is a crucial first step in ensuring that nutrition information follows the patient from one health care setting to another, in the required structured format. The data can then be used by individual practitioners, facilities, and eventually at a national level to demonstrate the effectiveness of dietitians.”
The Academy Foundation has joined the Academy in celebrating the organization’s 100th anniversary and established the Second Century Fund to raise dollars that will support initiatives within its three priority areas:
- Prevention and Wellness
- Health Care and Health Systems
- Food and Nutrition Security
To date, more than $2.7 million has been raised from Academy members, Affiliates, DPGs, MIGs, affiliated organizations and industry donors for the Second Century Fund. Donate today to support our Second Century efforts and be recognized in the Second Century Giving Society.