It is hard to believe I am halfway through my term as CNM Chair.  With all of our initiatives, it has been a busy 6 months!  If you haven’t yet taken time to review the Strategic Plan Scorecard that was posted at the end of December on our CNM website, I encourage you to take the time to do so.  Every 3 years, the CNM EC reviews the current healthcare climate, the role of RDs in the changing healthcare landscape, and the needs of CNM members to create a 3 year strategic plan.  As you can imagine, with the varying needs and work settings of our members, this is no small task!  During fiscal year (FY) 14, the EC worked diligently on creating a strategic plan to take us from FY 15 to FY 17 and you can now see our progress so far and plans for what is to come.  As you review our scorecard, you will see that we still have many exciting things ahead—including webinars, articles and CEU opportunities in the newsletter, and of course, our annual CNM Symposium! 

The CNM Symposium is truly my favorite educational event of the year….I wouldn’t miss it for anything.  This year’s theme is “Aligning Nutrition Across the Continuum of Care” and I am looking forward to the informative presentations we have scheduled, the Quality & Process Improvement Sub-Unit poster session, and the vendor exhibits.  Be sure to check out the pre-conference opportunity on Nutrition Focused Physical Assessment as well.  In addition to the great educational opportunities, I appreciate the opportunity to network with colleagues and meet new people.  I feel that networking at the Symposium each year has provided me with a vast network of amazing RDs that I can call upon with questions or to discuss challenges.  I continue to be impressed with this group’s willingness to share freely with each other their time, resources, and suggestions.

So, dig out those cowboy boots and join me and the rest of the CNM Executive Committee in Austin, Texas from April 16-19.  Y’all will be glad you did!   

See you in April! 

Caroline Steele, MS, RD, CSP, IBCLC
Chair, CNM DPG 2015-2016  

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