It’s been nearly two years now since the Academy and its Foundation kicked off the Second Century campaign. At the beginning, we had impressive and far-reaching ideas of where our members, donors, and other stakeholders thought we should be after another one-hundred years. We set a lofty goal of $5 million to help make those dreams become reality. I’m proud to report that we have achieved almost two-thirds of that goal now, with over $3.2 million raised or pledged. We are so grateful from the support we’ve received from DPGs, MIGs, affiliates, CDR, and donors like you.
Let me share a couple examples of where these Second Century funds are going. A few months ago, the Foundation Board approved the distribution of $400,000 to help fund the Malnutrition Clinical Characteristics (MCC) Study, the purpose of which is to “determine the predictive validity and interrater reliability of the MCC relative to a portfolio of relevant health related outcomes (increased morbidity and mortality, increased frequency and length of hospital admissions, and increased healthcare costs). A secondary aim will also be tested which is to determine the optimal ratio of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists to conduct the assessment process needed for this tool within acute care settings and to link that ratio with health related outcomes.”
The Foundation Board also approved a $100,000 disbursement for a Transitions of Care Technical Implementation Guide. The TIG will be available for use by electronic health care vendors to create defined fields using the Nutrition Care Process Terminology in documents transmitted electronically to facilities such as rehabilitation hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other sites to which patients discharged from acute-care hospitals are transferred.
These are just two examples of how the Academy and our Foundation aren’t letting any dust settle in terms of moving forward with important projects that will have a long-lasting effect on our profession and on those for whom we care. For a complete list of Second Century-related projects, click here. We are so grateful for your generosity and proud to share with you the great work that is made possible by your kindness and sacrifice. If you haven’t had the opportunity to contribute to our Second Century campaign, please do so today. I can think of no better way to make an investment in the future of our profession!
Martin M. Yadrick, MS, MBI, RDN, FAND
2017 – 2019 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Chair