Convergence of Childhood Obesity and Hunger: Taking Action
Presented by the School of Natural Sciences and Allied Health of Cabrini University and the College of Health Sciences of West Chester University
Supported in part by the Leo and Peggy Pierce Family Foundation
This one-day interactive symposium, held at West Chester University, will focus on issues and opportunities related to food access for children and families in schools and in their communities. Join us in our attempt to uncover how various sectors—businesses, health care, and government—intersect on these important issues.
Convergence of Childhood Obesity and Hunger:
February 22, 2019 - 8:00am - 4:00pm
- Registration fee: $40 ($20 for students).
- Link to Registration (coming soon)
This symposium—ideal for professionals and students in nursing, public health, health administration, social work, physical and occupational therapy, nutrition, and physician assistant programs—includes a keynote speaker panel, breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and a healthy breakfast and lunch.
This is the third symposium following the two offered in 2015 and 2017 held at Cabrini University.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Maria Elena Hallion, PhD, at 610.902.8388 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER PANEL WILL INCLUDE:
SANDRA HASSINK, MD, FAAP - Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight
"Nutrition: Social Justice and Population Health"
This talk will discuss the importance of optimal nutrition for growth, development and longitudinal health. The impact of food insecurity, hunger and obesity on chronic non-communicable disease will be addressed in the context of health disparities and social justice as applied to individual and population health.
CHRISTINE MELENDEZ ASHLEY - Deputy Director, Bread for the World
"Investing in our Children’s Future: Why Policy and Advocacy Matter"
The long term consequences of hunger and poor nutrition are huge. Now is a critical time to be engaging in policy advocacy. Attendees will learn about the policy discussions happening in Washington and how their advocacy can make a difference.
ATIF BOSTIC - Executive Director, Uplift Solutions
"The American Crisis of Access to Fresh and Healthy Food"
The presentation will include a discussion on how inadequate access and affordability lead to alarming rates of food insecurity, hunger, can childhood obesity. This discussion will explore how America arrived at this crisis; and evaluate examples of existing strategies and philanthropy’s role in developing them. Finally, attendees will be provided a framework for the development of entrepreneurial solutions to address them.
Previous Symposium Information:
Pictured 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?"
- 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
A unique part of the Convergence event is the way we connect our meals to our programs.
2015 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.
- Flickr Photo Gallery: 2015 Child Health Forum
- Video Report about the Forum from Cabrini's LOQation news program
- Article about the forum from Delaware County News Network
National and regional speakers, included:
- Steven M. Finn
Managing Director and Co-founder of ResponsEcology
Food Waste: Global Crisis, Global Opportunity-PDF
- Sandra Hassink, MD
President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Chair of the Advisory Committee for the AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight, and Director of the Nemours Pediatric Obesity Initiative
Building the Foundations of Child Health:
Addressing the Triple Threat of Obesity, Food Insecurity and Hunger-PDF
- Solomon Katz, PhD
Director of the W.M. Krogman Center for Childhood Growth and Development
Science of Health and Obesity-PDF
- Eric Mitchell
Director of Government Relations, Bread for the World
Offering of Letters-PDF
- Mary Pat Raimondi, RD
Vice President, Strategic Policy and Partnership, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
An Unwelcome Guest at the Table-PDF
- Tamela Luce
Program Officer, North Penn Health Foundation
Food Funder Affinity Groups-PDF
- Christina Miller
Senior Program Director, Health Promotion Council
Addressing Chlidhood Obesity and Food Insecurity-PDF
- Denise Sheehan
Nutrition and Education Programs Manager, Chester County Food Bank
No One Should Go Hungry-PDF
- Suzan Neiger Gould
Executive Director, Manna on Main Street
Transforming Child Food Security in the North Penn Region of Montgomery County-PDF