Throughout the years, ANFP has provided members with sound education through meetings, publications, and the online member community. State chapters—now 48 strong—offer grassroots benefits, such as more localized meetings and targeted newsletters. National member benefits are in a constant state of evolution as needs change and new technologies emerge. ANFP is an active participant in public affairs on the national stage, working to ensure safe food for seniors and qualified leaders in food service through legislation. The role of the CDM, CFPP in nutrition care has strengthened in recent years, and CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) recognizes that a CDM, CFPP is qualified by training and experience to develop and document a plan of care for residents who are not at high-risk. ANFP first entered the government affairs arena in 1989, and has worked in various ways to keep the association’s name and the CDM credential in the minds of legislators. The ANFP PAC was first formed in 1990, and then re-launched in 2008, so the association can use resources to support members of Congress who champion our profession and credential.
Safe Food for Seniors Initiatives
On October 4, 2016, CMS published its final rule “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities” in the Federal Register. Of the many changes to the regulations, the most important is the CDM credential being listed first amongst qualifications for the newly designated Director of Food and Nutrition Services. Current ANFP members can view this victory with pride, knowing that Washington, DC, now views the CDM credential as essential to maintaining quality in LTC facilities, and future ANFP members can look forward to a clearly-defined career path with pride.
Pride in Foodservice Week
ANFP’s annual Pride in Food Service Week was introduced in 1991. The recognition week applauds dietary managers and their staff for their hard work and dedication on the job. Hundreds of facilities participate in the week each year in a variety of ways—everything from festive decorations to special treat breaks for clients and visitors.
The ANFP Annual Conference & Expo (ACE) - now in its 59th year - continues to be a great place for members to hear top-notch speakers and network with their ANFP friends. The most recent Annual Meeting took place June 1-4 in Orlando, FL. It was a memorable and celebratory event, filled with good friends and great times. For those who couldn’t attend the Annual Meeting, ANFP introduced Regional Meetings in 2008. More than 270 dietary managers attended ANFP’s first-ever Regional Meeting in Greenville, SC. Currently, ANFP offers two regional meetings per year rotating throughout the United States.
Headquarters and Staff
Joyce Gilbert, PhD, RN, has served as the ANFP President & CEO since 2013. The ANFP headquarters is located in St. Charles, IL. The staff has grown in number over the years as new initiatives and programs have been introduced. Jean Denwood served as the Executive Director of HIEFSS until 1986. Bill St. John served as the President & CEO from 1986 until 2013.
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