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Development of The International Dietetic Network (IDN) of the American Overseas Dietetic Association (ADDA)

Journal of the American Dietetic Association
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DOI: 10.1016/s0002-8223(98)00390-3
  • Tuesday
  • October 20
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Medicine


Abstract The American Overseas Dietetic Association (AODA) recognized the need for enhanced communications between its 500 members living in 70 countries, ADA, and the food, nutrition and dietetics communities in countries where AODA members reside. To address this need, AODA appointed International Dietetic Network (IDN) representatives in 25 countries to perform the following duties: • serve as a local resource to integrate AODA members into practice in their new country • serve as an information base for AODA regarding practice • serve as an expert resource to ADA members regarding dietetic practice and educational opportunities abroad • establish relationship with key nutrition and dietetic associations outside the US • serve as a resource for referrals for medical nutrition therapy and for requests from industry in collaboration with local dietetics professionals IDN representatives attended a special training session at the 1998 AODA Annual Conference to discuss the long term goals and purpose of the IDN and AODA, and the duties and responsibilities of IDN representatives. IDN representatives were paired with IDN leader mentors who have been active with AODA, ADA and other nutrition and dietetic organizations within their respective countries. IDN representatives unable to attend the session were sent a video of the training session. IDN representatives prepare a report semi-annually summarizing all contacts such as requests for referral, questions on relocation, employment and education opportunities. The IDN will be further evaluated with input from AODA members, “customers”, and local and international association members and leaders one year after the initial formal IDN training.

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