June 2017
In This Issue
@ASPHN1: Live Tweeting the Annual Meeting
Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN in Two Phases: Learn More and Apply
Watch: Weekly Webinars from NWA and ASPHN
ASPHN Election Results
Meet ASPHN Consultant Sandy Perkins, MS, RD/LD
CSPI: Help Collect Menu Labels
Coming Soon: The DAWNS Public Health Workforce Survey
Welcome New Members!
@ASPHN1: Live Tweeting the Annual Meeting
Follow @ASPHN1 on Twitter for live notes from three Annual Meeting sessions.  Also, keep up with tweets and Facebook posts from your colleagues when you search for #ASPHN2017.

Sunday, June 11   1:15 - 4:00 PM CT                    
Amp up your Impact- See it, Say It, Share It!
-Lourdes Pogue and and Gail Fottrell-Jones, Communication Consultants, C5 Communications, Richmond, VA

Monday, June 12   2:00-3:00 PM CT
Supporting Regular Physical Activity, Good Nutrition, and Healthy Weight- CDC Annual Update
-Janelle Gunn, MPH, RD,  Deputy Associate Director, Policy, Partnerships and Communications, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tuesday, June 13   9:30 - 11:30 AM CT                 Opportunities for Collaboration with SNAP-ED
-Jenna Seymour, PhD, Senior Policy Advisor, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
-Dennis Savaiano, MS, PhD, Virginia C. Meredith Professor, Director, North Central Nutrition Education Center, Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University, Indiana
-Suzanne Stluka, MS, RDN, LN, Food & Families Program Director, EFNEP & SNAP-Ed Coordinator, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota

Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN in Two Phases: Learn More, Then Apply
Are you intrigued by this title?  Then watch your email for the invitation to submit a very simple application to the Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN.

The Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN will support state Title V programs' efforts to promote nutrition, physical activity and breastfeeding.    

Starting now we are asking states interested in learning more about the Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN to let us know.  Send an email expressing your interest to Sandy Perkins

ASPHN is recruiting states to join this CoIIN by going through two phases. 

Phase I: By entering phase one, a state c
ommits to learning the details of this CoIIN and commits to developing a work plan consistent with breastfeeding  and/or  physical activity work streams.  There is no commitment to apply at this point. 

Phase II: This is when an application would be submitted and only states in Phase I are eligible to apply for phase II.  
States interested in or intrigued by the Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN need to submit a very simple application by July 10th.   
Watch: Weekly Webinars from
Beginning July 27th, NWA and ASPHN will offer monthly webinars to all NWA and ASPHN members.   All webinars will contain public health nutrition topics that have relevance to WIC clientele and/or WIC staff, but are broader than WIC-only content.

"Healthy Food Access at  Corner Stores," 
July 27th, 3:00-4:00pm ET
Space is limited. Register now.

This first webinar will provide details about the partnership between New Jersey WIC, The Food Trust, and the New Jersey Department of Health's CDC (1305) grant activities to improve food access in New Jersey through healthy corner store programming.  

The National WIC Association and ASPHN, through funding provided by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are collaborating to provide public health nutrition education.  

ASPHN Election Results
Congratulations to the nine ASPHN members recently elected to serve the association:  

Robin Stanton as President-elect; Jennifer Dellaport and Jennifer Young as Directors at Large;  Christina Thi as Secretary;  Mikaela Schlosser as MCH Nutrition Council Chair-elect;  Lisa Gemlo as Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Council Chair-elect;  and Molly Killman,  Alma Hopkins, and Kim LaCroix as members of the Governance Committee.  

Starting August 1, 2017 the Board of Directors will include Takako Tagami,  Robin Stanton,  Becky Adams,  Christina Thi,  Donna McDuffie,  Terrell Brock,  Tiffani Grant,  Jennifer Dellaport,  Jennifer Young,  Pat Simmons,  Leslie Lewis, Mikaela Schlosser,  Ashley Davis,  Lisa Gemlo, and  Helen Brown.

Meet ASPHN Consultant
Sandy Perkins, MS, RD/LD
Past member and CoIIN and council maven, Sandy Perkins has been an ASPHN consultant for four years.

Read Sandy's interview.

Q1 : Sandy, why did you join the ASPHN consulting team?
Sandy:   As an employee of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, I became active in ASPHN because I really believe in the mission and vision of the organization. After becoming involved I learned that I enjoy the people and the sense of pride that comes with working with an organization that actually accomplishes things. In 2014, I made the switch from member to consultant and have not regretted the move for one second.

Q2: Briefly describe what makes you an expert in your role at ASPHN?
Sandy:   I have more than 25 years experience working as a public health nutritionist. I have experience coordinating nutrition services for various programs serving maternal and child populations at the state and local agency levels, including WIC, Maternal and Child Health, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, and Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Q3: What do you like to do in your spare time?
Sandy: Cook interesting new recipes (and eat the food when it is done).

Contact Sandy Perkins with questions and comments related to the Fruit and Vegetable Council, MCH Nutrition Council Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN and the Pediatric Obesity mini CoIIN.

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CSPI: Collecting Menu Labels
Help the Center for Science in the Public Interest collect menu labels.  

The next time you dine out or shop at the supermarket or convenience store, take a picture of any calorie labeling on menus, menu boards or for foods on display.  

Examples of calorie labeling for prepared food in supermarkets and convenience stores is especially needed.

Please send your examples with a note including the establishment, city and state, and date of photo to .

Coming Soon: The DAWNS Public Health Workforce Survey
Watch your email. The ASTHO DAWNS survey link will be sent to ASPHN Designees in July.

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) has invited member organizations of its Affiliate Council to participate in the Directors Assessment of Workforce Needs Survey (DAWNS). ASPHN has elected to participate.

The goal of DAWNS is to contribute to a comprehensive analysis of public health workforce training needs, gaps, and priorities by incorporating perspectives from individual workers, managers, and public health leaders. 

DAWNS focuses on the systematic "top down" perspective, asking what those in leadership and management think are the most substantial needs among their employees. 

Contact Shana Paterson with questions.

Welcome New Members!
ASPHN welcomed 5 new ASPHN members in May!  We are proud of our growing network of Public Health Nutrition professionals. 

Expanded Members:

-   Toby Beckelman, MS, MPH with the Hawaii State Department of Health

- Rhonda Tankersley, MPH, RD, LD with the Georgia Department of Public Health

- Katie Winterburn, MS, RDN with the State of Tennessee, Lawrence County Health Department

Associate Members:

Heidi Church, MS, RD, LDN of Up!RD in Saint Cloud, MN

- Leslie Cunningham-Sabo PhD, RDN of Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO

You, too, can join this dynamic group of Public Health Nutrition leaders.  Become a member now

Contact Allison McGuigan with questions.

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists  (ASPHN) is a non-profit membership organization that develops leaders in public health nutrition who strengthen policy, programs and environments, making it possible for everyone to make healthy food choices and achieve healthy, active lifestyles.


Our vision is to create new environmental norms where healthy eating and active living are the easy and natural choices for all Americans.  We welcome your involvement in our growing organization.  Learn more about us at About ASPHN.