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Nutrition / Dietitian Update - October 5, 2018

Hi All,

I hope fall finds well and here are updates and things to share forward: 

  1. Our updated contact list (PDF) is attached. Please review it and email me back about any needed corrections or changes for you and/or your clinic. Thanks! 
  2. Congratulations to, Ranjani Srinivasan, she too passed the CDE exam and is our newest Registered Dietitian Certified Diabetes Educator!
  3. Attached is a Save The Date (PDF) flyer for the 2019 Annual California Medical Best Practices Conference & Diabetes Day
  4. The current IHS Nutrition Advisory Group, is working to establish a better national nutrition network in Indian health (Tribal, Urban and Federal IHS facilities/clinics), if interested inquire with Kelli Begay, MS MBA RDN ( on how you can participate. To help keep communication running smooth, Monica Giotta and I will remain Kelli's point of contact for CA.
  5. Update - nothing new on getting to you a more CA specific recorded presentation regarding MNT Reimbursement/RD 3rd party billing. The intent remains to address California issues that possibly the DDTP March 2018 Show Me the Money MNT Reimbursement 101 presentation wasn't able to address.
  6. USDA Farm to School Grant RFA Released The USDA will award up to $7.5 million in competitive grants to eligible entities through the Farm to School Grant Program in fiscal year (FY) 2019. Each grant helps implement Farm to School programs that increase access to local food in eligible schools, providing students with quality meals at a reasonable cost while also supporting local producers. The Grant RFA can be found on  Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  Complete applications must be submitted on Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.govby 11:59pm ET on December 4, 2018.
    1. And, at htttps://  Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving you'll find a list inspirational prior grantees’ project descriptions.
  7.  If not applicable to your clinic and/or community, possibly a partnership project with your county. When California voters passed Prop 64, The Adult Use of Marijuana Act, they committed a portion of marijuana tax revenues to fund several key programs, including those designed to implement effective prevention. One funding stream is designated for reinvestment in communities that have been most affected by decades of racially biased drug enforcement.  The first round of funding through the Community Reinvestment Grant Program (  Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving will be awarded in 2019, with grants available to community-based nonprofits and health departments to focus on mental health and substance misuse treatment, job placement, access to medical care, and legal assistance and other forms of support to help people navigate reentry. Going forward, Community Reinvestment Grant Program funding is slated to rise by $10 million per year through 2022, when funding will level out at $50 million per year. At least 50% of funding will be designated for community-based organizations.
    1. Upcoming workshops will take place in the following locations. Learn more and register at:  Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving
      • October 15 in Sacramento and Stockton
      • October 16 in Fresno and Bakersfield
      • October 17 in Long Beach and Los Angeles
      • October 19 in San Bernardino and Moreno Valley
      • October 24 in San Francisco and Oakland
      • October 31 in Salinas
      • November 2 in San Diego
      • November 7 in Los Angeles
      • November 8 in Imperial County
      • November 29 in Humboldt County
  8. How to join the IHS CAO Nutrition and Dietitian Portal





Beverly A. Calderon, MS, RD, CDE
California Area Indian Health Service
Health Promotion Disease Prevention and Nutrition Consultant