House of Delegates

What is the House of Delegates?

The House of Delegates (HOD) governs the profession. Each state, almost all Dietetic Practice Groups, and area of practice are represented by one or more delegates for a total of 105 delegates.

The House of Delegates supports and encourages proactive, from the bottom-up member advocacy, and continually seeks member input. Also a forum of leadership development, the House enhances the culture of the Academy by embracing its values, developing a progressive culture, and reflecting the diversity and the future of the organization through policies, actions and composition.

How does it work?

A delegate is a “representative of” DIFM DPG and participates in a collective dialogue and deliberation based on the views of members along with additional information. After the discussions, delegates understand the entire issue and make decisions based on the best interests of the organization.

Got a Mega Issue?

Mega issues are overriding issues of strategic importance that cut across multiple goal or outcome areas. They address key strategic questions the organization must answer illuminating choices the organization must make and the challenges that will need to be overcome in moving toward the envisioned future. They articulate the questions that will need to be asked and answered by the Academy in the next 3 to 5 years.

A Mega Issue is strategic and futuristic in its scope and is projected to impact the profession 3 to 5 years into the future. The Mega Issues Process is an important tool for responding to members’ needs related to far-reaching professional concerns.

Your voice matters ….I hope to hear from you!

Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

Hi, I’m Mary Beth Augustine, RDN, CDN, FAND, and I am your DIFM HOD Delegate. I am here for YOU. Learn more about my role here:

Messages relating to the House of Delegates are sent to delegates weekly on the HOD Communications Platform (delegate access only). Contact me, Mary Beth Augustine, at if you would like to review any of the messages.

Click Here to submit a Mega Issue, or complete this form.

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Do you have “Mega-Issue” to discuss?  You can also send your concerns directly to me at  and I can address them at the next HOD Meeting. Delegates meet twice annually, in the Fall (at FNCE) and the Spring in order to conduct business and mega issue dialogues. Member input on these important topics is strongly encouraged. Click here to review the HOD calendar.



Dear DIFM Members,

The Member Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) has recommended to the House of Delegates that the qualifications for membership in the Academy’s Associate category be updated. MSAC proposed the following three changes:

1) Educational parity- The current Associate membership qualifications are not inclusive and require the following qualifying trades/professionals to obtain degrees above and beyond the minimum educational requirement needed to obtain their certifications, making it impractical, if not impossible, for them to join the Academy: certified dietary managers, certified professionals – food safety, certified culinary professionals, dental hygienists, registered nurses, school nutrition specialists, and those who are certified in sports medicine. The MSAC recommends that individuals with these certifications qualify for Associate membership if they hold only an associate degree (granted by a US regionally accredited college/university) so long as that degree is related to the training, certification, or license they are applying under.

2) Alignment- to better align the qualifying professions and trades who work alongside dietetics professionals today. MSAC recommends the following trades/professions now qualify: certified in comprehensive food safety, clinical psychologist, clinical social worker, and nurse practitioner. MSAC recommends those with at least a bachelor’s degree in the following educational degree areas also qualify: agriculture, biochemistry, microbiology, computer science, family and consumer science, home economics, hospitality and tourism, as well as hotel, restaurant and institutional management

3) Alter annual dues- from $232 to $170 to mirror the rate for Academy membership in other categories with similarly scaled back benefits
Talk to your DIFM delegate about this proposed update to the current Associate membership category. Would this category update enable your non-dietetics like-minded collaborators to join as an Associate? The deadline for submitting feedback is January 11, 2017.
Integratively and functionally yours,
Mary Beth Augustine, RDN, CDN, FAND
DIFM Delegate, 2016-2019