Leading Policy, System and Environmental Change Through the Power of Coalition
COVID-19 and the health inequity it exposes are dual public health crises that present unprecedented opportunity for public health nutrition to lead policy, system, and environment-wide changes. As the pandemic deepens the hunger crisis across the country, public health dietitians can lead the charge to turn the table on hunger and drive solutions that last beyond the pandemic. This session will demonstrate how dietitians can be more than an educator. By partnering with community champions, local influencers, and decision makers at all levels, we can be change agents who address social determinants of health—upstream factors that disadvantage our already vulnerable population even more in crisis. The partnership between health care and public health nutrition creates a food-medicine combo in standard patient care, mitigates hunger and reduces health inequities. The session will also showcase two promising practices resulting from cutting-edge cross-sector collaborations, including the Food Rescue Anti-Hunger Coalition. The Coalition, which won a National Association of Counties award for public health innovation, facilitates food access for thousands of at-risk families during the pandemic.
Planned with the Public Health/Community Nutrition DPG.
- Implement useful tips about policy, system and environmental change through example practices.
- Describe different levels of community engagement and collaboration and how to drive change that impacts the nutrition of communities.
- Identify specific leadership roles public health nutrition leaders play in partnering with healthcare providers to address food insecurity and incorporate food-is-medicine model into patient care.
- 12.1.3 Collaborates with community partners and stakeholders in promoting nutritional health and disease prevention.
- 12.4.4 Identifies and implements strategies for reaching individuals and populations in collaboration with stakeholders.
- 8.2.2 Applies knowledge of health determinants when planning, developing and implementing services, programs, meal plans and menus.
Alicia Grove, MS, RDN
Colorado Department of Education
Yen Ang, DrPH, RDN
SNAP-Ed program assistant diretor
San Bernardino County Public Health Department
Jackie Combs, RN, MSN
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Hi-Desert Memorial Health Care District