Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

A Holistic Approach to Public Policy

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

A Holistic Approach to Public Policy

Article excerpt

On an annual basis, I am asked to make a presentation to the AAFCS Board of Directors on the issues and concerns that will be addressed at the federal level, by Congress, and by various agencies in the Executive Branch, which are of interest to members. This is not an easy task because of the breadth of subject areas covered by family and consumer sciences. At the same time, it is a perfect opportunity, to reassess what I do and why I do it.

This will be a particularly intriguing year, legislatively. The domestic agenda continues to be the centerpiece of Congressional and Executive branch initiatives. A variety of facets of education and child care form the foundation of the budget proposed by President Clinton. There appears to be bipartisan concern about juvenile or school-age violence, and food safety is on many decision makers' radar screens. Social Security, Medicare, and other issues that directly affect our aging population are also of premier importance. Improving our health care delivery systems and ensuring the privacy of individuals' medical records will be addressed during this Congressional session. Revisions to USDA's Dietary Guidelines will continue to be discussed in public forums across the country and will be finalized and reissued next year. …

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