CState Dietetic Technology students at Public Policy Advocacy Day, Mar. 29, 2017, in Columbus, OH
Front Row (left to right): Letitia Hess (faculty), Beth Palmisano, Kimberly Haire, Eudora Gause, Erika Oundo, Mariah Peters, Kristin King
Back row: Adam Carr, Erika Jones, Tyler Kushner, Samantha Braeuer, Bryan Massey, Sam Johnson, Shannon Lang
Not pictured: Program Chair (& photographer) Candice Jones
Thirteen first-year students from Cincinnati State's Dietetic Technology program in the Business Division, and their instructors, attended the 27th Annual Legislation & Public Policy Advocacy Day on Mar. 29 in Columbus.
Students learned about nutrition-related legislative and regulatory issues, in Ohio and in the Federal government, which could have an impact on dietetic professionals in Ohio.
Much of the discussion focused on House Bill 49 (HB-49), which proposes placing the Ohio Board of Dietetics and other health care professional boards under the jurisdiction of the Ohio Medical Board.
Cincinnati State students then met with local legislators Senator Lou Terhar (Ohio Senate District 8), Representative Alicia Reece (Ohio House District 33), and Representative John Becker (Ohio House District 65) to discuss HB-49 and other public nutrition concerns that are under examination by legislators.
Faculty member Candice Jones, Program Chair for Dietetic Technology, said the Public Policy Day activities increased students’ knowledge and built confidence in their ability to advocate on nutrition issues with legislators and other policy makers.