FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 31, 2016
Contact: State Representative Mike Rohrkaste (608) 266-5719
Dietetic Internship Legislation Signed by Governor
Madison, WI – Last week, legislation introduced by State Representative Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah) was signed into law by Governor Walker. The bill creates a statewide Dietetic Internship Program in Wisconsin’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. The program will train Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) to enhance the quality of nutrition services delivered to Wisconsin WIC clients. In February, the legislation passed the Assembly and Senate unanimously.
“The lack of internship opportunities was brought to my attention by a student and instructor from UW-Green Bay and the Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (WAND),” said Rep. Rohrkaste. “I would like to thank them and everyone else who helped and supported this legislation.”
Currently, Wisconsin faces a significant shortage of dietetic internship opportunities for college graduates. Because of this shortage of internship opportunities, our state also faces a shortage in training opportunities for possible RDNs. These shortages will lead to diminished nutrition care services throughout our state and need to be addressed.
“Wisconsin’s economy continues to improve and it is becoming harder for employers to find qualified applicants,” said Rep. Rohrkaste. “This will not only improve nutrition services, but it will also help to create good, family-supporting jobs right here in the Fox Cities.”