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2018 ACSM Election

Trustee Candidate: Education & Allied Health

Dino G. Costanzo, M.A., FACSM
Manager, Clinical Operations
Hartford HealthcCare
Clinical Integration
Wethersfield, CT

1. Please list your previous service to ACSM.

Over the past 30 years I have served ACSM on a number of committees and projects at both the national and regional chapter levels. Within the Committee on Certification and Registry Boards (CCRB — previously known as Committee on Certification and Education), I served as Certification Workshop director at multiple colleges and universities; member of the Publications Subcommittee (reviewer for several of ACSM guidelines and resource texts); member of the Clinical Tract Subcommittee; chair of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Practice Board; chair of the Executive Council; and chair of the Ethics Committee.  Also during my tenure on CCRB I was an associate editor for ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® and an author for ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 9th edition. Other national level service includes being a founding member of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association and serving on its executive board in several capacities, including as president, chair of the Legislative Committee and chair of the Publications Committee.  Currently I serve as a member on the Exercise is Medicine® Certification Committee. I am also very active in my regional chapter, having served as the Executive Director of the New England ACSM for the past 17 consecutive years.  Additional regional chapter service has included: membership in the Marketing Committee, Minority Scholarship Development Committee, Healthy People 2000 Committee, Government Affairs Committee, Program Committee; as well as positions as the chapter’s President, Connecticut State Representative, Member-at-Large, Scholarship Committee chair and Honor Award Committee chair. I remain actively engaged at both the national and regional levels and my years of serving and chairing many diverse committees within the college have prepared me to contribute at higher levels of leadership.  I have come to understand the culture and infrastructure of ACSM, and as importantly, I have developed meaningful relationships with so many others in the college who share my passion to serve. 

2.  What is ACSM’s greatest strength and how would you make that aspect of the organization even stronger?

ACSM celebrates a large and diverse membership comprised of students, researchers, teachers and practitioners representing a broad scope of disciplines and fields of study. I have come to understand this diversity as ACSM’s greatest strength, as well as our greatest opportunity. As leaders in the College, I believe it is our responsibility to ensure that the wide scope of member interests are represented in our publications, educational programs, and special events and campaigns at both the national and regional chapter levels. I also believe it is our responsibility as leaders to ensure that our members have the access and opportunity to engage in and contribute to writing, presenting and serving on committees and projects to ensure that their ideas and perspectives are well-represented as we continue to define and shape ACSM’s future. 

3.  ACSM works closely with many other organizations, including associations, companies, philanthropies, and governmental agencies. Indicate those organizations/companies/agencies for which you play an advisory, consulting, or leadership role.

I have had the privilege of serving in leadership capacities for many organizations.  My clinical work experience aligned well with professional and service organizations that have similar missions to improve the health of individuals with cardiovascular and metabolic disease.  For years I served on local and regional boards of the American Heart Association, principally to raise funds to support research and community services to improve cardiovascular health. I served in several leadership positions within the Connecticut Society for Cardiac Rehabilitation, including as president and legislative chair.  It was during this same time that I participated on the Health Policy and Reimbursement Committee of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and became active in their “Day On The Hill” campaigns, which successfully imposed federal government mandates to cover cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services. Other leadership roles include serving on state-level task forces for federally supported initiatives (i.e., the Congestive Heart Failure Project) and college and university advisory panels to support program curriculum accreditation, as well as task forces to develop departmental policy.  I also served on town and local government initiatives to promote physical activity and healthy communities.


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