State Public Policy

SPR Advocacy:

MAND's State legislative efforts are led by Andrea Ciccone Troutner, a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian in the District of Columbia, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist in Maryland and a Certified Diabetes Educator with over twenty years of professional experience as both a dietitian and diabetes educator in the DC, MD metropolitan area.  Andrea has been awarded two distinguished awards in her field to acknowledge her passion in both nutrition and diabetes education.  Outstanding Dietitian of the Year 2013 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and MAND, as well as the Mary Lou Maras Diabetes Educator of the Year 2015 by the Capitol ADE-DC Virginia local affiliation of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) .

Andrea is a second year MAND board member in her role as the State Policy Representative (SPR).  In this position, she performs the same role in Annapolis as the Public Policy Coordinator (PPC) does in Washington.  In Annapolis, Andrea builds relationships with a select group of the 188 elected representatives (47 State Senators, 1 from each State District) and 141 Delegates (3 from each District).  Much of this networking is conducted during State Legislative Interactive Workshop (SLIW), a Legislative Interactive Workshop day.  SLIW is an annual event held in February and coordinated by the SPR.  SLIW is an opportunity to better understand how state policy issues effect RD's and the nutrition and health of Maryland citizens.  You will learn about the bills before the state, and participate in meetings with select State legislators, educating them on the importance of your role as an RD or DTR and how that may improve health & decrease healthcare costs.  District maps are here and complete lists of local, state and federal elected representatives are here.

If you have any questions on MAND's state public policy positions, or would like to get more involved, please contact MAND's SPR Andrea Troutner at or check out our Public Policy FAQ page

Please save the date to join your fellow MAND members at the State Legislative Interactive Workshop (SLIW) day for a 4.0 credit CEU with MAND on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in Annapolis, MD.  Details to follow.


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