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Judith Rodriguez Judith C. Rodriguez, PhD, RD, FADA
President-elect
Professor
University of North Florida
Jacksonville, FL

ADA members can be the trusted nutrition resource to diverse segments of society and work with leaders to improve the public's health, influence policy, and increase our spheres of influence.

 
Contributions and Leadership Achievements.
 
Organization Position Term
American Dietetic Association Phase II Dietetics Practice and Education Task Force 2006-2008
Latinos/Hispanics in Dietetics & Nutrition (LAHIDAN) Chair, Nominating Committee Chair, Newsletter Editor 2005-2008
American Dietetic Association House of Delegates Director At-Large and ADA Board 2005-2007
Jacksonville Community Council, Inc. (JCCI) Board Member 2005 - present
Commission on Dietetic Registration Member 2000-2003 (and in 1990's)
Employment
 
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ADA members can be the trusted nutrition resource to diverse segments of society and work with leaders to improve the public's health, influence policy, and increase our spheres of influence.

Describe how you would advance the Academy's Strategic Plan

To advance the strategic plan I would work with 1) the HOD/HLT, marketing and other divisions to increase our visibility and value through policy positioning, branding, evaluation of initiatives and identification of new approaches. 2) the HOD and Board units to promote the public's health through legislation, research and dissemination, collaboration, and increased cultural competence of members. 3) CADE, CDR, the Council on Future Practice and other units on education, professional development and leadership opportunities.

Describe your most fulfilling leadership experience where you successfully led a team to accomplish an objective/goal.

Describe an issue affecting the profession that you are most passionate about and actions you have taken related to this issue.

My passion, also an ADA objective, is to attract members from underrepresented groups. I try to recruit, be a role model, and create constructive awareness of the issue. I received a Diversity Grant and am involved in the Diversity Committee. We can have high standards and increase membership heterogeneity through national and international efforts. A leader must listen to all voices, be aware of member needs, distinguish between organizational and professional issues and prioritize initiatives.

Describe your experience in the area of public policy and advocacy at the state, local or national level.

My public policy experiences have taken a variety of forms, both directly and indirectly and include: attending ADA PPW, contributing to ADAPAC, testifying at the state level, participating in local initiatives that seek to influence policy (such as in a city-wide infant mortality study and testifying at the state level), writing letters to public officials, encouraging students to learn about issues and write letters to legislators.