The Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group (PNPG) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has committed $150,000 over the next two years to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Second Century Campaign to support the establishment of a Pediatric Malnutrition Fellow.

The PNPG investment will fund a RDN member of the PNPG to participate in a full-time, two-year fellowship in collaboration with the Academy’s Research, International, and Scientific Affairs (RISA) team to validate the Malnutrition Clinical Characteristics for adult and pediatric acute care inpatients and develop a gold standard for inpatient dietitian staffing.

“The PNPG’s significant commitment to our Second Century efforts and direct support of this project is how we envisioned raising dollars for this campaign and sets a great example of a particular group of Academy members aligning with a Second Century project that resonates with their work and passion, then supporting it financially because they see it as an investment in the future of their profession,” said Marty Yadrick, MS, MBI, RDN, FAND, 2017 – 2019 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Chair.

“The PNPG believes the inclusion of the pediatric population in this research project is of vast and monumental importance to all professionals who care for children, and all RDNs who treat patients at risk of malnutrition. There are many reasons we are providing financial support for this fellowship;

  • The first reason was to support our members. Our leadership felt that supporting the validation of the recommended indicator for the identification and documentation of pediatric malnutrition related to undernutrition was essential to our mission and vision;
  • The second reason was in support of our profession, and the pediatric dietitian. We felt the need to help determine the prevalence of pediatric malnutrition in this population, and the need to obtain outcomes data to allow us to adapt and support initiatives such as the Malnutrition Quality improvement initiative for pediatrics. And lastly;
  • To support staffing data for pediatric RDNs.

We are grateful for the opportunity to support our profession, thankful that we have the resources to be able to provide this support at this time, and grateful to our members for their ongoing support of this decision and our mission and vision to be leaders in providing nutrition care for children,” stated Patricia J. Becker, MS, RDN,CSP, CNSC,
PNPG Chair Elect and Chair of the PNPG Malnutrition Committee.

The Academy Foundation is conducting a Second Century Campaign with a goal of $5,000,000 in honor of the Academy’s 100-year anniversary that will build on the Foundation’s success supporting dietetics professionals locally and nationally through scholarships, research grants and awards, and community education – accelerating these efforts and providing additional opportunities on the global stage. Priority will be given to programs and initiatives that demonstrate significant impact in three key areas: Prevention and Wellness, Health Care and Health Systems, & Food and Nutrition Security. Academy leaders, members, Affiliates, DPGs and MIGs are stepping up and supporting the Second Century Campaign to support a vision of a world where all people thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition.

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