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Development of a Public Policy Project in the Graduate Dietetic Internship Program
University of Maine
The project is a two-semester project in FSN 650, FSN 651.
1st semester. Teams composed of graduate students identify a public policy issue of concern to the profession of dietetics, research the issue, develop policy statement, and plan of action. Top policy priority areas in the dietetics profession include; Elderly Nutrition, Children Nutrition, Medicare Medical Nutrition Therapy Reform, Health Claims Labeling, and Food and Nutrition Assistance .
2nd semester. Teams carry out some form of implementation project to influence policy. The team decides a good venue for influencing public policy and what strategies might be most effective. Possible activities might include writing informational articles for newsletter; using other forms of media for advocacy; developing presentations for and providing resources to community agencies, such as a school board; visiting and providing resources to legislators.
Assessment: Each semester, 1 written mid status report; final report given in oral and written format
For example, one team partnered with Old Town Elementary School on policy related to snacks for elementary school children. They surveyed available literature on educational policies relating to school snacks and conducted their own observational research, surveys, and interviews with children and staff at the school. They presented their findings and recommendations to a meeting of parents, administrators, and teachers in April 2005, including a number of specific action steps the school and teachers can take to improve their students’ health and nutrition while fitting in with the children’s schedules.
Civic Learning Goals
Adrienne A. White, Ph.D.
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