Episode 3: Food Systems

Episode 3: Food Systems

BUILDING HEALTHY, EQUITABLE COMMUNITIES THROUGH A JUST FOOD SYSTEM

What features of food policy drive health equity?

How can institutions and businesses use strategic food purchasing to improve community health?

Episode 3 explores the intersection of food policy and procurement strategies to improve community health. You can read our blog post about the challenges of developing and implementing effective food policies, watch a webinar that examines how institutional food purchasing can promote equity in community health and food systems, or listen to a panel of innovators engage in a conversation about food policy and procurement.

“Equitable procurement prioritizes people, animals, and the environment rather than just the bottom line.”
– Colleen McKinney, associate director, Center for Good Food Purchasing

 
Blog post

Developing and implementing effective food policy requires critical thinking to avoid unforeseen negative consequences or missing strategic opportunities to promote health equity. To help readers develop a critical perspective on food policy, ChangeLab Solutions’ Senior Policy Analyst Nessia Berner Wong, Legal Fellow Katie Hannon Michel, and Program Director Kimberly Libman discuss 8 policies with outcomes that fall along a spectrum of harmful to helpful impact. The blog post also provides resources so that readers can learn more or take action.

Read our blog post: Critical Thinking on Health Equity & Food Systems: 8 Policies

 
Webinar

How can we use food policy to drive health equity? In this webinar, we explored how institutional food purchasing can contribute to a more just food system and promote health and equity. Specifically, we discussed the benefits and impacts of procurement strategies for businesses and communities, how procurement strategies can drive health equity, and considerations for building an equitable procurement program or policy.

This webinar begins with reflections from Brett Jones of Evergreen Cooperatives on his organization's unique business model, which leverages institutional procurement to build community wealth and advance equity in Cleveland.

Watch our webinar or download the slides below: Building Healthy, Equitable Communities Through a Just Food System

 
Expert Panel

We convened a virtual panel of innovators in food policy and procurement strategies to engage one another in conversation and answer questions from participants. The panelists brought a diverse range of expertise, from policy advocacy to program design to institutional implementation. You’ll hear insights from

  • Katie Hannon Michel (moderator), legal fellow, ChangeLab Solutions
  • Colleen McKinney, associate director, Center for Good Food Purchasing
  • Kate Seybold, farm to school coordinator, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Katie Bishop Kendrick, state and community advocacy manager, Voices for Healthy Kids

Listen to our interactive expert panel: Continued Conversation About Food Systems

Episode 3 is only part of the conversation. To learn more about other elements of a healthy, equitable community, check out the rest of the episodes in the Building Healthy, Equitable Communities Series. Remember to follow us on Medium, contact us for more information, and join our email list to receive updates on the offerings in this series!