Improving Health, Fighting Disparities with Bill to Create Nutrition Education Resource Library for Physicians

ALBANY, N.Y. — A bill in the New York State Legislature, S4401-A/ A5985-A, would ensure physicians are kept informed about the latest continuing medical education opportunities in nutrition, which would help them improve patient health outcomes and reduce racial disparities for the millions of New Yorkers struggling with diet-related diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The bill sponsors, Senator Lea Webb and Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, and New York physicians discussed the bill at a press conference in the State Capitol on Tuesday, May 23.

The measure would require the New York State Department of Health to maintain and regularly share with physicians an online resource library with information about the availability of continuing medical education (CME) coursework or training in nutrition, including resources regarding racial disparities in outcomes for diet-related diseases.

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