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Public Policy


Do You Want to Make a Difference for Your Profession and Your Community?    

The MAND Public Policy Panel is looking for members who would like to make a difference to increase the visibility of our members and association in the public policy arena. This will not only help you and the association, but also the citizens of Massachusetts, who would stand to benefit from progressive state and federal food and nutrition policy and legislation.


We are looking for enthusiastic members to join the MAND Public Policy Panel, no prior policy experience necessary.

In exchange we will mentor you, including helping you to expand your skills, which just might help you move up the ladder either professionally or within MAND. We hope to empower you to serve your community as a nutrition expert.

Your interest and/or skills in just one of these areas can help MAND to position itself in a more visible and dynamic way:

  • Reimbursement for Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT)
  • Dietetic licensure and consumer protection
  • Public health and nutrition programs
  • Increasing access to healthy food
  • Wellness/health promotion
  • Public relations

If you have an interest in any of these areas and are willing to meet via conference call for 30 minutes every month with other PPP members, we need you!

If you are interested in any of these topics or have interest/skills in the areas above, please contact MAND's Director of Public Policy: 

Sarah Conca, MPA, RDN, LDN



National Public Policy, Legislation & Advocacy

State Public Policy, Legislation & Advocacy

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President's Welcome

Hello friends,

April brought a whirlwind of activity with ANCE on April 5th and Day on the Hill (DOTH) on April 8th!

With “food as medicine” front and center in the healthcare crisis today, we were thrilled to host Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, one of the leading global experts on this topic as our keynote speaker!

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Funded MS or PhD Graduate student Fully funded graduate assistantships for RDNs or RDN-eligible students in a full-time MS or PhD program in Health Promotion Sciences beginning fall 2024 at the University of Connecticut. Successful.. Read more >

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MDEF Scholarships

For 2024, MDEF will be giving out two MDEF scholarships and one MDEF Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) scholarship to deserving nutrition students, each in the amount of $1500. Please pass along to any nutrition students or interns who may be eligible to apply!

All applications are due by May 31st