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A Message from the President

Dear Members and Friends of California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

As I wind down my term, I want to share some of my thoughts as the President of California Academy. First of all, on the formation of our new Inclusive, Diversity, Equity, and Access (I.D.E.A.) Council. We are putting resources to support this and other councils to support and ensure that our professional organization takes this issue seriously.

As we celebrate the Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) Heritage month in April, we also need to be mindful of the hatred against APIDA communities by some individuals who do not share our ideas. As much as many of us appreciate our freedom and independence living in this great nation, systemic and social racism, unfortunately, still exists. Therefore, we must work hard to remove systemic racism, barriers, and stigmatism that are put there to suppress people. Also, we need to be aware of any “-ism” labels that we may unintentionally put on people.

Even though we cannot control the behavior of people in the whole nation, we can try our best to provide inclusion, equity, and access to our profession. If we can do this, I can assure you that diversity will follow when people feel safe to be part of our organization and profession. Therefore, I ask all of you to do your part to include and treat everyone with fairness, respect, and equity. If we support each other, we can be one giant force to be reckoned with rather than being picked off as an individual.

Practice your rights as a citizen and a member of our profession (past, present, and future practitioners). Pay it forward as a volunteer for the profession, I do know that we are all busy and our workload and responsibilities have increased. I ask that if you can spare one hour a month, we have tasks for you to do. Your district also needs help; so, contact your district leaders to see what you can do for them. Get involved in your district, step up as a leader, build your team and start a project for your community. Interns and students, the volunteer hours and tasks completed look good on your resume.

In October, CA Academy will be asking districts to submit nominations for awards. Please help us recognize our many colleagues who are doing great things to advance our organization, community, and profession. The call for awards will be going out in August so be thinking of individuals, who we can recognize at the state and national levels, for their contribution and service.

In late summer, nominating committee members will be contacting individuals to serve as leaders of our organization. We will be electing the President-elect, Secretary/Treasurer, Delegates, VP of Membership Benefits and Services, and nominating committee. Also,

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE in the first two weeks in February in the Academy and CA Academy elections. Please exercise your right to vote and help us raise the % of members who voted in our elections. Unfortunately, our voter turnouts in the Academy and CA Academy were in the low teens, and with approximately 7,000 members, we should have a very, very loud voice. Instead, we whimper…. I would love to see at least 50% voter turnout, and let’s work on that, everyone!!!

We cannot stand on the sideline and watch the world go by, we need to be a part of the action and make a lot of noise. If we see someone being a bully, stop them!! Get others involved and do it together, so the bully can be stopped. If one witnesses social injustice or racism, be an interrupter; but be aware of your own safety. Be a part of the change movement; if everyone gets involved, we can do ANYthing!!

We can overcome the fear, hatred, and unknowns through education, understanding, and support of each other. Together, we win; divided, we fall…. It has been a difficult and challenging year; and going forward, I hope that we can be civil, respectful, and treat everyone in a way better than how we want to be treated. It is not a perfect world, but we can do our part to make it better. I am very proud of our members, and everyone should feel empowered to do their best because we have a great past and a strong future ahead of us.

If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact me, president@dietitian.org.

Dorothy Chen-Maynard

States updates for COVID-19

To keep the public informed of all COVID-19 developments, the state has created a webpage, https://www.covid19.ca.gov/, to provide up-to-date information and resources that contains links to all relevant state departments and local government websites.

California Budget Implications

June 22 Assembly Updates

Floor Report Budget

Visit this link for a new budget letter from the Department of Finance.  They are directing all agencies to prepare for deep cuts.  It applies to all funding sources, not just General Fund resources.

Key points of the letter:

This BL outlines additional measures all agencies and departments under the direct executive authority of the Governor must take immediately to reduce current year expenditures regardless of funding source.

As outlined in BL 20-08, the state anticipates significant economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The severe drop in economic activity is expected to result in a recession, significant decreases in state revenues, and significant increases in safety net programs.  The revenue decrease is expected to be immediate, affecting fiscal year 2019-20.  Revenue decreases and cost increases are expected to last for several years.

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