Happy New Year! There’s always a feeling of excitement and anticipation that comes with starting a new year. And speaking of excitement, there are several Foundation-related bits of news about which I’m thrilled to report. First, pledges and collections for the Second Century Fund recently topped the $3 million mark! As you may recall, our goal is to raise $5 million by FNCE® 2020, and we’re certainly well on our way to achieving that. Second, the Foundation Board recently approved use of some of those funds for critically important projects, including:
Malnutrition Clinical Characteristics Study
This research study will determine the predictive validity and inter-rater reliability of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition’s Malnutrition Clinical Characteristics diagnostic tool for hospitalized pediatric and adult patients, relative to a portfolio of relevant health-related outcomes.
Transitions of Care Technical Implementation Guide
Development and dissemination of a technical guidance manual for health IT vendors (including electronic health records) will ensure that nutrition intervention records are designed and implemented using eNCPT and mandated clinical terminology.
Addressing Malnutrition in Central America Fellowship
In collaboration with the Duke Center for International Development, the Foundation is supporting a fellow to serve as the co-primary investigator on this important year-long project to address chronic malnutrition in Central America. The Foundation fellow will conduct a mapping of existing interventions and an assessment of needed next steps.
And in case you missed this notice, February 1 is the deadline for applications for 2018 Foundation Awards. The Foundation will offer 27 awards this year for practitioners and students, from recognition awards and continuing education funding to international accolades and program support. For example, the CDR Faculty Fellowship provides $10,000 for people with doctoral degrees seeking to become registered dietitian nutritionists. The Susan T. Borra Fellowship in Nutrition Communication provides $5,000 to a student or professional who is seeking to enhance his or her nutrition communication skills. Applications are available in a new online format for an improved submission process.
Thousands of Academy members support the Foundation each year with a donation to support these great efforts. Please remember the Foundation when renewing your Academy membership online or donate today. There is no better way to invest in the future of our profession!
Martin M. Yadrick, MS, MBI, RDN, FAND
2017 – 2019 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Chair