IAND Legislative Seminar and Advocacy Day
Licensure, legislation, and public policy impact our jobs, no matter what setting we work in. Learn how to effectively communicate with legislators to educate them about our profession and how we positively impact the health of their constituents. Share with them that we are available to be their nutrition experts and gain their support on legislation important to the dietetics profession and the nutritional health of Illinois citizens.
What is Advocacy Day?
Each Spring the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics heads to the Capitol in Springfield where we discuss important issues with our legislators. When it comes to legislative activity every voice is important and counted. Join your fellow registered dietitians and dietetic students.
Set aside time to have your voice heard by legislators. The annual Illinois Academy Advocacy Day offers an opportunity to learn about the state legislative process but also an opportunity to visit your state legislatures. The morning will start with advocacy training and a discussion of current bills impacting our clients and the profession. During the afternoon, teams of dietitians and students will visit their senators and congressmen.
To Get There:
From North: I -55 South. Exit at 98B for IL-97 W/Clear Lake Ave. Merge onto IL-97 N/ E. Clear Lake Ave. Clear Lake becomes Jefferson Ave. Follow to 2nd Street. Turn left (south) on 2nd. State Library is across the street from the Capitol Building on the SE corner of Monroe and 2nd St. Enter the Library from the north entrance and go through security.
From South: I-55 North. Keep left to continue on I-55 Bus.N. follow signs for I-55 N/ 6th Street/Interstate; 72/W Jacksonville. Continue onto 6th Street to Cook Street. Turn left. Turn right onto 2nd St. State Library is 2 blocks north across from the Capitol Building on the SE corner of Monroe and 2nd St. Enter the Library from the north entrance and go through security.
On street parking with meters so bring quarters. Limited parking at Capitol Visitor Parking Lot (drive on Second Street to Edwards turn west drive through 2 traffic lights). The lot is in the middle of the next block on the right. Other Parking: Parking ramp on the corner of 4th and Washington St. ($5 day)
Lunch is on your own. Cafeteria in basement of Stratton Building—the large building west of the Capitol Building. Also close by Boone’s Saloon—301 West Edwards. Registration deadline is Sunday, April 10, 2016. Meeting room is on the fourth floor of the State Library. Everyone will have to go through security as they enter the Capitol. May need driver’s license or photo ID. Wear comfortable shoes!