header image
2013 Current Issues in Nutrition
The Affordable Healthcare Act for Professionals and the Public
Spring 2013 Program
Topic: The Affordable Healthcare Act for Professionals and the Public

Congressmen Bruce Braley (D-Iowa)
Bruce Braley has represented northeast Iowa in Congress since 2007, and has become known for his outspoken advocacy for the middle class and his work on behalf of Iowa's veterans. Braley's key priorities include creating jobs, strengthening the economy, and investing in education.

Braley was born in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1957, the son of Byard Braley, a Marine veteran who fought on Iwo Jima, and Marcia Braley, a schoolteacher. He grew up in Brooklyn in Poweshiek County and graduated from BGM High School. A proud Cyclone, Bruce attended Iowa State University in Ames where he was awarded a bachelor's degree in 1980. Bruce then attended the University of Iowa's College of Law, graduating in 1983.

Later that year, Bruce married Dubuque native Carolyn Kalb and moved to Waterloo, where Bruce and Carolyn still live today. Their three children - Lisa, David, and Paul - all attended West Waterloo High School, where Carolyn works as a teacher.

Bruce applied for his first job when he was in third grade and has been working ever since. He's delivered newspapers, baled hay, detassled corn, worked at a grain elevator, and driven dump trucks. To help pay his way through college and law school, Bruce worked as a restaurant server and in highway maintenance, among other jobs.

After law school, Bruce worked in Waterloo as an attorney for 23 years, holding corporations accountable to their employees and consumers. Bruce represented employees challenging dangerous company safety standards and fought for people who lost their jobs and pensions.
After he was elected to Congress in 2006, Braley quickly established a reputation for being an outspoken voice for middle class Iowans. The Des Moines Register has said Bruce "sets the standard for what Iowans should expect from their representatives." The Quad City Times praised Bruce for being a "meticulous student of Congress and extraordinarily responsive to constituents."

Braley founded the House Populist Caucus in 2009 to draw renewed attention in Congress to strengthening America's middle class. He serves as the group's Chair.

Braley serves on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and is the highest ranking Democrat on the Veterans' Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity. From this position, Bruce has fought for our veterans, successfully lobbying the Pentagon to award full GI Bill education benefits to hundreds of Iowa National Guard soldiers denied them because of an Army error, passing the Andrew Connolly Veterans' Housing Act, and successfully helping to push a bipartisan tax credit to reward businesses that hire unemployed veterans.

Braley also serves on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and sits on the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending and the Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations.Objectives:
  • Understand the obesity epidemic and how it contributes to rising healthcare costs and increases chronic disease
  • Understand how childhood obesity is prevalent amongst low income children
  • Understand in detail the goals and intent of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Identify the four pillars of healthcare prevention
  • Explain the next steps in implementing the ACA

Kathleen C. Niedert, PhD, MBA, RD, CSG, LD, FADA, NHA/L
Kathleen Niedert is a registered dietitian and licensed nursing home administrator with a record of significant accomplishment in long term care and geriatric nutrition with current board and community experience. She currently holds the position of Administrator of Park View Manor, Inc. a facility managed by her employer, Western Home Communities. Since 1973 as the Principal of Omega Health Associates she has consulted to extended care facilities, physicians, substance abuse council, home health care, architects, and food industries. As a published author, an educator/trainer; expert witness, freelance writer and speaker at the national and international level she demonstrates a depth of knowledge and understanding about the state of the art of practice in nutrition for the older adult.

She holds a PhD in Health Care Administration completing her doctoral research within the long term care arena; a Master's in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. She was a member of the expert panel of health care professionals developing the revised Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) F-tag 325 nutrition protocols and guidelines and also served on the committee which developed AMDA's Clinical Practice Guidelines for the treatment of anemia in the older adult in the long term care facility. She has been a Technical Expert Panel member for Quality Insights of Pennsylvania and CMS, providing balanced expert input to the measure contractor on the development, selection, and maintenance of measures to be submitted for NQF endorsement.

Dr. Niedert has presented testimony to the Iowa Governor's Task Force on Alzheimer's disease and was a founding member of the Iowa Nutrition Network Advisory Panel. She has served as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics representative to the Joint Commission's Professional Technical Advisory Committee in Long Term Care where she held the position of chair. Currently she services on the Commission on Dietetic Registration Board, is a member of the Gerontological Certificate Program Work Group, chairs the CMS Work Group, and just completed her term as a member of the Legislative and Public Policy Committee.

  • Discuss the disparities in accessing health that are at the basis of change
  • Explain the differences between ACOs, CPCIs and PCMHs
  • Understand how the registered dietitian can be an integral team member
  • Identify opportunities for the registered dietitian
  • State ways to increase others access to the registered dietitian

Roberta Riportella
Roberta Riportella serves as Project Director for Covering Kids & Families - Wisconsin, a coalition-based Medicaid outreach organization. As part of Covering Kids & Families, she is involved with several outreach and research projects.

Roberta is a Professor in the Department of Consumer Science, School of Human Ecology, UW-Madison and a Health Policy Specialist, UW Extension. Roberta is also currently contracted to identify ways for Wisconsin's School Food Authorities (SFAs) to increase their capacities to consistently run the federally required Direct Certification process (school lunch programs) as efficiently and as frequently as possible.

  • Understand the basics of the Affordable Care Act, why it matters for you and your communities
  • Identify the roles of Extension and community partners in implementation of the Affordable Care Act
  • Learn what resources are currently available AND what materials are being developed
  • Share perspectives on what you are hearing in your communities about implementation of ACA

Past Programs
Registration is still available for past Current Issues in Nutrition programs. Each cost $35 to participate. Topics include:
  • Vitamin D: Sunshine or Supplement (April 2009)
  • Appetite, Satiety, and Body Weight Regulation (November 2009)
  • The Good Gut Bugs: Prebiotics and Probiotics (April 2010)
  • Where Does Your Food Come From and Does it Matter? (November 2010)
  • Shake the Salt: New Sodium Recommendations and Implications (April 2011)
  • The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Science behind the Recommendations and Applications for Nutrition Education (November 2011)
  • Integrating Regional Food System Work in Nutrition Education and Outreach (May 2012)
  • Click here for more information or to register for a past CIN program.

    Links | Home | Top    
    Iowa State University | University Extension
    Registration Services
    117 Printing and Publications
    Ames, Iowa 50011
    (515) 294-6222
    Mnet, Copyright 2008, Iowa State University, (Ver: 2.2.2b)