Strategic Plan




To support and promote our members as the best providers of quality food and nutrition services in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (PA).



Healthy communities thriving through food and nutrition.




We excel in providing quality food and nutrition services in accordance with the highest ethical and professional standards.


We promote our members as experts to support our communities in optimizing health through food and nutrition.


We lead in all forms of nutrition and dietetic innovation.



The Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics commits to the following focus areas for fiscal years 2023-2026.

Focus Area 1: Promote the value of membership


  1. Annual mixed methods research to evaluate the perceived value of PAND membership (e.g., membership survey, town hall, focus groups, etc).
  2. Leverage technology and data to communicate membership benefits and improve value.
  3. Create promotional content and recognition of Annual Meeting awards and scholarship winners, 50-year members and notable speakers through spotlights, press releases, social media, and other communication efforts.

Focus Area 2: Advocacy and Policy


  1. Participation in legislative and regulatory initiatives to make an impact on food, nutrition, and health equity policies.
  2. Serve as a trusted resource to educate and promote evidence-based practices and science-based resources to practitioners, the public, policy makers and all stakeholders.
  3. Promote the value of, and develop a communication plan for, grassroots advocacy efforts to membership.

Focus Area 3: Inclusion, diversity, equity, access and belonging


  1. Develop effective publications, resources, and continuing professional education offerings so that all nutrition and dietetics practitioners can engage successfully in current and future multicultural, multiracial, multiethnic, sexual orientation, and age/gender diverse environments.
  2. Build an effective program of community outreach to identify and attract students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the dietetics profession (including race, ethnicity, and gender).
  3. Provide mentorship and guidance to students by engaging with schools in diverse neighborhoods.
  4. Collaborate with non-academy members to collect strategies to help them feel included and demonstrate a commitment to valuing alternative perspectives.


Focus Area 4: Financial Stewardship


  1. Establish a Financial Audit Committee that will review the affiliate bank statements and financial records on a quarterly basis.
  2. Provide clear and timely direction, guidance and schedule for preparation of annual budgets, budget adjustment and/or modifications and annual year-end fiscal close-out.
  3. Continue to assess and implement alternative income sources for PAND, including but not limited to PAND Fundraising store, webinar based continuing education, etc.

Focus Area 5: Growth of the dietetics profession


  1. Create dynamic promotional materials that help advance the value of the dietetics profession.
  2. Develop new and utilize existing PAND resources to assist with recruitment efforts of students into the dietetics profession.
  3. Provide and support innovative professional development and networking opportunities for both active and potential members.