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2017 Food Summit

Summit Builds Understanding the Impact of Food Insecurity/Hunger on Population Health

Cook County Department of Public Health, in collaboration with Loyola University and the University of Illinois at Chicago MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, convened the “2017 Change Institute: A Food Summit” on September 29-30, 2017, at the Loyola University Center for Translational Research in Maywood, IL. To download the event program book, click here.

The Food Summit brought together health departments, community based-organizations, healthcare and social service agencies, non-profits and faith-based institutions to:

  • Understand the human toll of food insecurity/hunger on population health in Cook County.
  • Increase understanding of the intersection between food insecurity/hunger on populations health
  • Connect suburban Cook County organizations to food insecurity/hunger on population health resources
  • Promote national and local successes and peer-to-peer networking
  • Highlight local, state and government initiatives that address food insecurity/hunger on population health
  • Promote local action to support and advocate for initiatives that address food insecurity/hunger on population health
  • Network and share experiences with others

Food Summit Videos

Opening remarks

Speaker: Dr. Terry Mason and Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan

Uprooting the leading causes of death: How not to die

Speaker: Eliza Fournier

Food choice and sustainability: Tipping point realities

Speaker: Fred Carter and James Miles

A new paradigm rooted in food and community

Speaker: Karriem Beyah

Food is information: Change what you eat to change the way you feel

Speaker: Arreola and Lakomiak

Food as medicine

Speakers: Prasanta Kalita

The food prescription for cardiovascular disease

Speaker: Kellie O’Connell

Healthy Hotspot: Changing the environment to make healthy eating easier

Speakers: Marilyn Pagan-Banks

Food and holistic living

Speaker: Fred Carter and Todd Shurn

Closing Remarks

Speaker: Dr. Terry Mason


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