The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) is requesting support for our capacity-building assistance (CBA) program. Our goal is to help make public health departments more effective in the fight against diseases caused in part by poor nutrition, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and some cancers. We will do this by strengthening the capacities and capabilities of public health nutritionists working in public health departments.
Founded in 1952, ASPHN is a non-profit membership organization that provides leadership on food and nutrition policy, programs and services aimed at improving the health of our population. ASPHN’s membership is composed of more than 350 public health nutritionists located throughout all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. ASPHN's vision is "healthy eating and active living for everyone."
Our CBA program will optimize the performance of public health nutritionists working in state, territorial, local, and tribal public health agencies. Our approach is to strengthen their leadership and public health nutrition competencies, improve their ability to establish and maintain partnerships, and improve implementation of nutrition-related, evidence-based/informed programs and services. We will deliver web-based and in-person training programs, facilitate networking among states, and develop materials and maintain websites that distribute critical information.
1. Improved leadership capacity to identify and prioritize public health needs
2. Strengthened core and discipline-specific public health competencies among the workforce to improve job performance
3. Improved capacity to establish and maintain partnerships within and across sectors to create a shared vision of health
4. Improved capacity to identify, prioritize, and customize relevant programs and services to address public health needs
1. Increased decision-making to address public health needs strategically and systematically
2. Strengthened capability of the public health workforce to deliver essential public health services
3. Strengthened capability to respond to public health priorities collaboratively and strategically
4. Increased capability to implement evidenced-based/informed public health programs, policies, and services to address public health needs
1. Improved delivery of essential public health services
2. Improved outcomes related to national objectives
3. Improved competency of ASPHN members and other public health nutritionists
4. Greater retention of public health nutritionists in governmental public health agencies