Jeanne Blankenship, MS, RDN

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Jeanne Blankenship

Vice President, Policy Initiatives and Advocacy

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Jeanne Blankenship, MS RDN has served as the Vice President of Policy Initiatives and Advocacy for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics since 2010. Jeanne is the visionary for the Academys advocacy platform which focuses on professional issues for dietitians and nutrition professionals as well as food and nutrition policy for consumers and the community. Her advocacy work includes areas such as coverage and reimbursement for medical nutrition therapy, malnutrition, hunger and food security, telehealth, and work force demands.

Jeanne also oversees state government relations, including consumer protection and licensure initiatives, grassroots advocacy, and regulatory affairs for the Academy. She also manages the organizations Political Action Committee, Legislative and Public Policy Committee and the Consumer Protection and Licensure Subcommittee.

She was a co-author of the first-ever American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgerys Allied Health Nutritional Guidelines for the Surgical Weight Loss Patient published in 2008. She served on the ASMBS Integrated Health Executive Council as an at-large member. She has published several articles and book chapters related to obesity management and surgical weight loss, and was the editor for the nutrition section of the ASMBS Textbook of Bariatric Surgery.

As a nationally recognized expert in obesity and weight management, Jeanne has championed the need for access to comprehensive treatment in her advocacy efforts and is currently one of the co-chairs for the Obesity Care and Advocacy Network. She serves on the Obesity Action Coalition board of directors as an ex-officio and also represents the Academy at the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions convened by the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine. Recently, Jeanne was part of the Provider Education and Training Workgroup that developed the Provider Competencies for the Prevention and Management of Obesity document.

Prior to working in Policy and Advocacy, she held positions at the University of California, Davis Medical Center as a Senior Clinical Dietitian in Northern Californias largest bariatric surgery program and served as its nutrition coordinator. She also worked at the USDA Western Nutrition Research Center as the Principal Dietitian. Her experience includes positions in long term care, the Women Infants and Children Program (WIC) and private practice.

Jeanne received a B.S. degree in Clinical Dietetics from Arizona State University and an M.S. degree in Nutrition Sciences at Oklahoma State University.

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