Networks Provide New Ideas to strengthen the American Dietetic Association’s Outreach Goals
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    The American Dietetic Association (ADA) has always valued the collaboration of working with other organizations to reach project goals. We have done this through a variety of programs such as, professional development conferences, position papers, and publications. A position paper released in November, 2010 on Comprehensive School Nutrition Services was done in cooperation with the US organizations, Society for Nutrition Education and School Nutrition Services. As new programs develop we look for other organizations that have common goals and an interest in collaborating on the development of resources our members can use.


    Recently ADA has joined the Guideline International Network (G-I-N) to strengthen our work with evidence-based practice guidelines. Founded in 2002, the G-I-N network, www.g-i-n.net, has 94 organizational and 76 individual members representing 46 countries. G-I-N is focused on the development and use of clinical practice guidelines. They have developed a large international database of practice guidelines and systematic reviews. ADA had the opportunity to present a poster at the G-I-N annual conference entitled, The Critical Illness Network: A train the trainer model for guideline implementation. Sharing our model for creating a network protocol produced lively discussion on developing a network and assuring its ongoing function. The ADA evidence based process and Evidence Analysis Library is the foundation for the work ADA presented. ADA’s library now contains more than 4200 abstracted nutrition articles and with nearly 9 million page views since its launch in September, 2004. In December, 2010, the ADA Evidence Analysis Library added two practice guidelines for nutrition care for individuals with HIV/AIDS and Chronic Kidney Disease. The HIV/AIDS guideline has 19 recommendations including topics on caloric needs, vitamin and mineral supplementation, treatment of diarrhea/malabsorption and education on presence of HIV in breast milk. The guidelines and how to access them are available on ADA’s website www.eatright.org.


    Another outreach effort was realized at ADA’s annual conference last fall when Frances R. Davidson, PhD, MSc from the US Agency for International Development presented the Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim International Lecture—From Global to Local: Opportunities and Challenges Utilizing Programming Science. Dr. Davidson has more than 20 years experience working on the pivotal role nutrition plays in the human and social development especially in maternal and child health. Through her lecture, she showed ADA members how they can be involved with international nutrition programs at a variety of levels such as policy development, use of technology for systems improvements and seeking out global partners to meet identified goals. She offered ideas for employment opportunities and career development in the international community. To listen to the full lecture presented at the conference, visit the International Awards and Fellowships resource section of the ADA Foundation Website: http://www.eatright.org/foundation/:


    A child focused resource that also was featured at the ADA conference was the Pediatric Nutrition Care Manual. This internet-based diet and professional practice manual focuses on the special needs of children with a variety of disease conditions. Some of the areas that are featured include Down syndrome and nutrition diagnosis; Failure to Thrive; Diabetes Mellitus; and Full Term Infant Reflux Syndrome. Further information is available at www.nutritioncaremanual.org


    Karen Lechowich