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Main Line Health - Nemours duPont PediatricsChild Health Forum

Presented with generous support from the Leo and Peggy Pierce Family Foundation

Cabrini University hosted a one-day symposium addressing the importance of connecting childhood obesity and hunger, two leading public health issues in the nation.

  • Convergence of Childhood Obesity and Hunger:
    Moving To Action
    Feb. 17, 2017 - 9am-4:30pm
  • Registration fee: $40 ($20 for students).
  • Grace Hall Atrium; Cabrini University; Radnor, PA

Service providers, teachers, and leaders from local organizations, as well as undergraduate and graduate students in health, education, social work, public policy, and nutrition, benefited from attending this symposium.

Attendees had the opportunity to share ideas during collaborative discussions aimed at identifying community action opportunities on childhood obesity and hunger.

Organizers and speakers for the Child Health Forum 2017Pictured left-to-right: Dr. Sandra Hassink, American Academy of Pediatrics; Garrett Broad, PhD, Fordham University; Maria Elena Hallion, PhD, Cabrini University; Eric Smith, Bread for the World; Kim Fremont Fortunato, Campbell’s; Sheena Rolle, Bread for the World

Speakers included (powerpoints available at the links below):

  • Sandra Hassink, MD, FAAP
    Past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Director of the AAP Institute on Healthy Childhood Weight, and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the Center for Child Health and Policy at Case Western Reserve

    Building the Foundations of Child Health: Addressing the Triple Threat of Obesity, Food Insecurity and Hunger - PDF

    This talk will help the participants  understand factors contributing to childhood obesity and food insecurity and their effect on child health.

    The role of health professionals, health systems, and community in advocacy will be address and priorities helpful in developing shared values and leading toward collective impact and action  will be covered. The objective of this presentation is to mobilize the community to a convergence of thinking and action to improve child nutrition,

  • Eric Mitchell
    Government Relations Director, Bread for the World

    Putting Us On Track to End Hunger by 2030 - PDF

    In 2015, all the nations of the world, including the United States, agreed on a set of 17 comprehensive and interdependent goals, beginning with the end of poverty and hunger by 2030. 

    The adoption of these historic Sustainable Development Goals, means that the U.S. is now committed to not only ending hunger and poverty in developing countries, but within its own boarders as well.  However, with a new President and new congress, it will take a collective advocacy effort to get our leaders from “saying yes” to actually “doing yes.”  

    This presentation will talk about what it will take for us to actually get on track to end hunger by 2030, and how we can engage both on federal level, and within our communities inorder to make this a priority.  

  • Kim Fremont Fortunato
    Director of Community Affairs, Campbell Soup Company; President, Campbell Soup Foundation

    Positive Social Change for Healthy Communities - PDF

    Campbell’s Healthy Communities, the company’s signature philanthropic program, is aligned with the company purpose: Real food that matters for life’s moments. Recognizing that a single organization cannot change a major social issue, Campbell’s Healthy Communities program is designed on a collective impact approach.

    This presentation will explore collective impact as the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem, in the context of Campbell Soup Company’s commitment to the city where it’s located, Camden, NJ. 

    With a special commitment to childhood obesity, Campbell is dedicated to supporting the complex structural issues within Camden.

  • Garrett Broad, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Fordham University and author of More Than Just Food: Food Justice and Community Change

    More than Just Food: Food Justice and Community Change - PDF

    The United States food system is characterized by a paradox that provides abundant food for the privileged and “food deserts” for the historically marginalized.

    In response, food justice activists have developed community-based solutions, arguing that activities like urban agriculture, nutrition education, and food-based social enterprises can lead to social transformation.

    This talk explores the possibilities and limitations of the food justice approach. It asks, "In the age of Trump and beyond, can the food justice movement deliver sustainable community change?"

Program Objectives: 

  • To share the current, documented national childhood hunger and obesity trends and clarify the linkages between the two problems
  • To foster inter-professional collaboration between those committed to combating childhood hunger and obesity
  • To assist attendees with identifying opportunities for community action including clarifying goals, strategy development and resource identification
  • To assist students, from various fields of study, to identify potential research, service and career opportunities that integrate both childhood obesity and hunger

Agenda for Child Health Forum - PDF

A unique part of the Convergence event is the way we connect our meals to our programs.

For more information, contact Maria Elena Hallion, PhD, at 610.902.8388 or mehallion@cabrini.edu.

Continuing education credits are available for registered dieticians, "Community Health Education Specialist," and social workers.  We are currently investigating CEUs for nurses.  

For more information about continuing education, please contact Tom Southard at 610.902.8122 or ts849@cabrini.edu.


This event is a follow-up to 2015's Convergence of Childhood Obesity and Hunger: A Forum for Response, which was supported in part by The President Antoinette Iadarola Endowed Fund and The Leo and Peggy Pierce Family Foundation.

Participants learned about national trends, foster inter-professional collaboration, and identify potential curricular strategies, programming, and opportunities for research, service, and careers that integrate both childhood obesity and hunger.

Topics included food policy, childhood obesity, food security, and food waste.

National and regional speakers, included:

For more information, contact Maria Elena Hallion, PhD, at 610.902.8388 or mehallion@cabrini.edu.

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