House of Delegates (HOD)

The House of Delegates serves as a voice of Academy members and identifies and develops solutions to some of the challenges facing the profession. The HOD oversees Academy bylaws; and establishes qualification for membership and dues structure. As a forum of leadership development, the House positions and educates members for leadership opportunities within the Academy. Leadership from the House of Delegates aims to empower the profession by embracing its values, developing a progressive culture, and reflecting on the diversity for the future of the organization. The Academy implements strategic planning and changes through policies, actions and composition to embody the vision and voice of its members.

Illinois Academy Delegates         Contact us at [email protected]

Christine Cliff, MPH, RDN, LDN, CLT, FAND

North Delegate

Connie Locher-Bussard, RD, LDN

South Delegate





Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Resources:

House of Delegates Overview
Critical Issues and Updates (members only access)

HOD Update - September 2022

Technology in Dietetics. Technology was the focus of the August Real Time Dialogue Session for the House of Delegates (HOD). We explored how technology is currently being used in the profession and how it will be key to the future of our profession. The Council of Future Practice created the brief Navigating Future Practice: Technology, highlighting trends, implications for practice, opportunities and risks of technology.

September's Real Time Dialogue Session will focus on Making Academy Membership Indispensable. Christine and Connie will be reaching out to a few Illinois Academy members to garner input on questions the Academy has requested to be asked of constituents. Thank you in advance for helping us gather input.

Help be the voice of change. Log in to and take part in the current Academy's Action Alerts, including:
  • Child Nutrition Programs Can't Wait Any Longer
  • Take Action Now to Ensure Congress Passes the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act
  • Support the Health Equity and Accountability Act

In a major victory for the Academy and for registered dietitian nutritionists, the Global Malnutrition Composite Score has been accepted in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' quality program. The groundbreaking GMCS measure is the first nutrition-focused quality measure to be included in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program in the fiscal year 2023 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Final Rule. The GMCS incentivizes screening all older adults for malnutrition risk at hospital admission; assessing those found to be malnourished or at risk; documenting diagnosed malnutrition; and developing a nutrition care plan with implementing intervention and treatment.

This has been a longstanding effort of the Academy and well as other organizations and is an exciting step for addressing malnutrition in our hospitals. More information to come on educational events to further describe the details including what it means for clinicians and hospitals.