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CDA Public Policy and Advocacy

Public Policy Council (2014 - 2016) Click to see members.
CDA’s Public Policy Council represents the members in all legislative, regulatory and reimbursement issues related to the dietetics profession.
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Public Policy Workshop California :: Monday, March 2, 2015 :: THE CAPITOL PLAZA HALLS, 1215 J Street, Sacramento 95814  
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Laws Governing RDNs in California (click on each link to open document):
Regulations Affecting RDNs in California: (click on each link to open document)
2014 CMS Ruling on Therapeutic Diet Orders (TDOs) (click on each link to open document)


For more information or if you have questions, please immediately contact Lorri Holzberg, VP Public Policy.

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CDA Members and Senator Holly Mitchell at Public Policy Day 2014    
CDA Public Policy Day 2014
Members of the CDA Public Policy Council meet with Senator Holly Mitchell at Public Policy Education Day. Senator Mitchell is authoring CDA’s bill SB 993 to clarify scope of practice for RDNs and update pathways to become DTRs in the California Business and Professions Codes 2585 and 2586.
Pictured: Center - Sen. Holly Mitchell. Left to right: Heidi Kiehl; Fatinah Darwish; Pat Booth; Lorri Holzberg; Art Kress, CDA President  
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CDA-NADA Members and Assembly Member Dr. Richard Pan, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day 2014  
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day 2014
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day in Sacramento, California March 12, 2014 :: California Assembly Member Dr. Richard Pan recognized Registered Dietitian Nutritionists at the State Capitol in Sacramento by signing a Resolution declaring March 12, 2014 Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day in California. Eleven members of the California Dietetic Association – Northern Area District attended the ceremony and were escorted to the Assembly Chambers for photos with him holding the RDN Day proclamation. After the ceremony, attendees were treated to a continental breakfast in Dr. Pan’s office.
Those in attendance were: Cathy Carmichael, MS, RD, CDE; Ashley Rosales, RDN; Tracy Mendez, RDN; Joanne Graham, PHD, RD; James Winstead, RD; Samantha Barnes, RD; Monica Randel RD, CSR; Jennifer Hirsch, RD; Judy Gould, MA, RDN, MS; Natalie Bates, Dietetic Intern; Kelcie Vilain, Dietetic Intern.
Recent fundraiser held in Honor of Sen. Holly Mitchell by CDA's Lobbying Firm: Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross and Leoni  
Recent fundraiser held in honor of Sen. Holly Mitchell by CDA's lobbying firm Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni.
Recent fundraiser held in honor of Sen. Holly Mitchell by CDA's lobbying firm Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni.
Recent fundraiser held in honor of Sen. Holly Mitchell by CDA's lobbying firm Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni. Sen. Mitchell is the author of SB993, CDA's bill to clarify scope of practice. Members in attendance: Judy Gould and Ashley Rosales. CDA PAC donated money to her campaign through this fundraiser.
California RDNs take on the capitol - California was the second most represented state at the Public Policy Workshop in DC!
Public Policy Workshop, DC
Public Policy Council Members
  • VP Public Policy Council :: Lorri Holzberg, MA, RDN
    Oversees and coordinates all activities of the Public Policy Council; member of the CDA Executive Board.
  • Public Policy Coordinator :: Mikelle McCoin, MPH, RDN
    Organizes grassroots efforts with AND for CDA’s participation in pertinent federal legislative activities related to food and nutrition; engages members for action alerts on federal legislation; leads delegation to Public Policy Workshop.
  • State Policy Representative :: Heidi Kiehl, RDN, CNSC
    Coordinates state legislative activities and Public Policy Education Day (PPED); chairs the State Policy Committee
State Policy Committee:
Public Policy Coordinators :: Nancy Jacobson, MS, RDN, CDE and Molly Kitamura, RDN
State Legislation Coordinator :: Karen Murray Harvey, MS, RDN
Legislative Ambassador Liaison :: Caroline Kaufman, MS, RDN
  • Healthcare Reimbursement Representative (HCR) :: Lisa Gibson, MS, RDN, FAND
    Works with AND and the State Regulatory Specialists on all healthcare reimbursement issues; keeps the affiliate informed on healthcare reimbursement regulations.
  • Consumer Protection and Licensure Representative :: Pat Booth, MS, RDN, FADA
    Works on profession-related issues, such as scope of practice and licensure.
  • CDA Lobbyist in Sacramento :: Jim Gross of Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Gross, Leoni, LLPs, 1415 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814; Legislative Advocate: Missy Johnson
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