268. The Building Blocks of Injustice: Understanding the Complex Connections Between Race, Poverty, Hunger and Health Disparities
Poor and minority communities bear an unequal burden from hazardous environmental exposures and agricultural waste. People of color are also more likely to live in food deserts and face issues of food insecurity. The recent water crisis in Michigan are evidence of these disparities. In alignment with the United Nations (UN) position that food and water is a human right, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics believes that all people should have access to a safe food and water supply. However, a recent report from the UN highlighted ways that the United States falls short among developed countries, contributing to racial and ethnic health disparities. This panel session will educate attendees on how race, poverty, hunger, health disparities and environmental injustice are intricately linked in the US. Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of these issues and learn how RDNs and nutrition professionals can play a role in advocating for positive change.
Planned with NOBIDAN Member Interest Group
- Describe ways race and environmental injustice have historically impacted water and food access in the US.
- Explain at least three facts regarding the water crisis experienced by Michigan residents and its impact on racial and ethnic health disparities.
- Outline ways to become advocates for ensuring food and water as a human right.
Learning Need Codes:
- 4070 Food security and hunger
- 8018 Environmental, agricultural, and technologic influences on food systems
- 1070 Leadership, critical and strategic thinking
- 7.1.2 Advocates for and maintains awareness of safety policies and procedures.
- 7.2.4 Identifies and analyzes insecurities in food and water system.
- 8.2.5 Keeps abreast of, advocates for and integrates knowledge of national and local funding models that impact the population and services provided.
Alison Brown, MS, PhD
Health Policy Science Analyst
National Institutes of Health
Jill White, EdD, RDN, LDN
Associate Professor Emeritas Nutrition Science
Jill Johnston, PhD
Assistant Professor and Director of Community Engagement
University of Southern California
Winona Bynum, RDN, PMP
Detroit Food Policy Council