Federal Public Policy
Public Policy is generally divided into federal and state categories. Your MAND leader on federal policy issues is the Public Policy Coordinator (PPC), is Barbara Hoffstein. After serving four years as the MAND State Policy Representative and working 30 years as a Registered Dietitian, Barbara has become a passionate and knowledgeable expert on nutrition policy. She won the 2105 Academy Grassroots Award for her achievements as SPR. Barbara helps to establish and apply the Academy’s legislative positions with a Maryland focus, and will continue to build relationships with our elected officials (or staff) in Congress.
Current Maryland Congress leaders include two Senators, each of whom represents the entire state:
Sen. Ben Cardin (D)
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D)
and eight in the House of Representatives:
Rep. Andy Harris, MD (R-1st)
Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-2nd)
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-3rd)
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-4th)
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-5th)
Rep. John Bartlett (R-6th)
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-7th)
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-8th)
Details about each, including a photo, district maps, and legislative history, are here.
Barbara will also ensure MAND members stay current and actively engaged in current nutrition legislation. The most recent and important bills in Congress are
HR 1686/S. 3082 - Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act of 2015
Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act (reauthorizes Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010) (appropriate bill #s and website not found)
HR 2404/S 1509 Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2015
In MAND’s monthly e-blast, details about priority legislation are provided. Members should also respond to the Academy’s Action Alerts, which are sent by email on a regular basis.
In 2016 the Academy started Quarterly Advocacy Days to instruct Congress on specific issues we support, in addition to the Public Policy Workshop in June. Let's use our proximity to the Nation’s Capital to educate our elected officials about the value of nutritional programs to promote healthy citizens and reduce health care costs.