Hunger and Health Summit: Forward Together

May 09 — 10, 2017   Wisconsin Rapids, WI


We are excited to present the full agenda for the 2017 Hunger and Health Summit. Please click between Day 1 and Day 2 to see the schedule of events for each day. You can also sort by rooms to see how the sessions and tracks are organized.

May 09
May 10
  • 11:00 AM

    5:00 PM

    Drop by the registration desk outside of the Grand Ballroom to pick up your name badge and conference materials.

    • Main Atrium
  • 1:00 PM

    2:15 PM
    Welcome and Opening General Session: "Too Distressed to Learn: Hunger and Mental Health in Higher Education"

    Recent research indicates that college students are particularly vulnerable to food insecurity, with one- to two-thirds of students reporting limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods due to resource limitations. In this presentation, Broton will share the latest research from the Wisconsin HOPE Lab on college students who struggle to get enough to eat and discuss relationships with mental health challenges. As mental illness and food insecurity can impair academic success and quality of life, implications for policy and practice will be discussed.

    • Katharine Broton, Doctoral Candidate & Researcher, Wisconsin HOPE Lab
    • Grand Ballroom
  • 2:15 PM

    2:30 PM
    Transition Break

    Please be sure to stop for some light refreshments in the Riverside foyer on your way to your first session of the conference.

  • 2:30 PM

    3:45 PM
    Healthy Food Systems Convergence: A Community Conversation on Healthy Food Access

    The Wisconsin Food System Convergence session at the 2017 Hunger & Health Summit will give attendees an opportunity to share their voice on how to create a sustainable, good food movement that makes healthy food accessible for all. This convergence will build on all the great work that has been done in the past, and through a modified process of Appreciative Inquiry, will seek to chart a coordinated path forward. This session will be a facilitated Community Conversation led by the Wisconsin Partnership to move stakeholders forward together toward a healthy food system. Join us to share your input on how to more effectively work together to build a food system that makes it easy to grow, sell, access, and eat healthy food for all people in Wisconsin.

    • Robert Kellerman, Executive Director, Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources
    • Lisa Olson, MSW, Director of Policy and Programs, Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association
    • Ruth Schmidt, Executive Director, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association
    • John Wedge, Executive Director, Wisconsin Education Association Council Region 6
    • Timberland: Policy & Research
  • 2:30 PM

    3:45 PM
    How to say "NO" and get to "YES!" Moving towards a healthier food pantry

    This workshop will build upon last year’s Safe and Healthy Food Pantry Project presentation. We will delve more into the strategies that can be useful for your pantry as you move towards more healthy practices. As food pantries are often dependent on private food donors, it can be difficult to imagine how to say no to unhealthy, unsafe or undesirable foods in a way that doesn't jeopardize relationships. We will share strategies which will help your stakeholders and see how saying NO to unwanted foods can help you saying YES to move towards a healthier food pantry. Specifically, we will cover strategies on how to get the donations you want, policy development, and getting buy-in from your donors, staff, and volunteers.

    • Sheila De Forest, FoodWise Nutrition Administrator, Rock County, UW-Extension
    • Jennifer Park-Mroch, Special Projects Coordinator and Evaluation Specialist, FoodWIse, Family Living Programs, UW-Extension
    • Kathy Splett, FoodWIse Coordinator, UW Extension-Barron County
    • Riverside A: Healthy Emergency Food System
  • 2:30 PM

    3:45 PM
    Improving school lunch through farm-to-school programs

    In this session, learn about Wisconsin resources and current initiatives that support these goals at schools and other institutions. Like the USDA-funded Federal State Market Improvement Program Grant project at DATCP focused on overcoming supply chain barriers in both processing and distribution to create new, Wisconsin-identified yogurt, potato, applesauce, carrot and broccoli products appropriate and accessible to institutional markets. Or the inclusion of farm to school language in the policies that govern schools and early childhood sites. Come join the farm to school movement. Our communities depend on it.

    • Vanessa Herald, Farm to Institution Outreach Specialist, UW Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
    • Marlie Wilson, Farm to School Program Manager, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, & Consumer Protection
    • Riverside B: Healthy Partnerships
  • 2:30 PM

    3:45 PM
    SNAP Myths, Facts & Trends

    Join Alan Shannon, Director of Public Affairs for the Midwest Region at USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, for an overview and discussion on the myths and facts regarding SNAP (FoodShare in Wisconsin), the connection between SNAP and the local agricultural economy and the Midwest Regional Office's work with healthcare partners.

    • Alan Shannon, Director, Public Affairs, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Midwest Region
    • Centralia: FoodShare
  • 3:45 PM

    4:00 PM
    Transition Break

    In between sessions, stop by the Riverside foyer for snack mix, trail mix, fruit, coffee and tea for a boost of afternoon energy.

  • 4:00 PM

    5:15 PM
    More than a Food Drive

    Healthy Shelves is an initiative to provide healthier foods on the shelves of local food pantries. A collaborative effort to assess and improve the quality of foods distributed to clients of two large food pantries evolved into a website that provides resources to anyone who shares that objective. Primary partners include Mount Mary University Dietetics Programs, the Waukesha UW-Extension FoodWIse Program, and the National Kidney Foundation of WI. During this session, participants will: Learn how Healthy Shelves partner organizations have aligned along a common thread of interest, launching an initiative that weaves into each organization’s work; Recognize the value of seizing opportunities to collaborate with community partners and the benefits of pooling of limited resources (e.g. time, human, monetary) to accomplish common goals; and Explore complexities of collaborative work and brainstorm solutions to overcome hurdles in the process of creating healthier food environments for food pantry clients.

    • Lisa Stark, Director, Dietetic Internship, Mount Mary University
    • Cindy Huber, Chief Executive Officer, National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin
    • Jill Herz, FoodWIse Nutrition Education Coordinator, UW-Extension
    • Riverside A: Healthy Emergency Food System
  • 4:00 PM

    5:15 PM
    Simplifying Access to Free School Meals for Eligible Children: Wisconsin’s Direct Certification Program

    Direct Certification is the federally‐mandated process by which children who are already participating in certain public programs like FoodShare can be deemed eligible for free meals under the USDA’s National School Lunch Program. It is a wholly administrative process relying on linking already available data, thereby alleviating paperwork on the part of both parents and school staff. Join this session to learn about Direct Certification and which children are impacted, the challenges schools and state agencies face in carrying out the process, the numerous methods we have implemented to address those challenges, and the impact of our efforts on both school staff and overall certification rates. We will also touch on what changes are in store for the year ahead including more involvement with tribal populations and other public programs.

    • Helena Gilbertson, Direct Certification Outreach Specialist, Covering Wisconsin, UW-Madison
    • Allison Espeseth, Operations and Development Manager, Covering Wisconsin, UW-Madison
    • Centralia: FoodShare
  • 4:00 PM

    5:15 PM
    Leveraging Food System Change for Community Health Outcomes

    For the past year, Feeding America Eastern WI and the Medical College of Wisconsin have partnered to identify how developing localized food systems can lead to positive health outcomes. By defragmenting the food system and increasing local food options, we are striving to impact community health and the health of those facing hunger. Increasing community food security and improving offerings for disparate groups requires increased food access through market-based solutions, fostering an equitable food system, and a focus on economic development. Food Banks work with underserved populations and have existing food-related infrastructure and may represent an ideal setting to support community Food Hubs that can repair the fragmented food system.

    • David Nelson, Family and Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin
    • Alex Tyink, Director of Programs, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
    • Leslie Ruffalo, Assistant Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin
    • Melissa DeNomie, Program Coordinator III, Medical College of Wisconsin
    • Timberland: Policy & Research
  • 4:00 PM

    5:15 PM
    Engaging Patients to Address Food Insecurity: Partnerships between Food Banks and Health Clinics

    Food banks and health clinics across the region are working together to screen for food insecurity and provide appropriate resources to help address the immediate and long-term needs of patients. Learn about the successes and challenges that these partnerships have faced, the results of the projects, and most importantly, how your community might also be able to work with health clinics to help patients gain access to community resources.

    • Kristen Williamson, Registered Dietitian and FAST Program Coordinator, Second Harvest Heartland
    • Manuel Ravelo, Project Coordinator, Second Harvest Heartland
    • Anne Gargano Ahmed, HungerCare Coalition Coordinator, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin
    • Nancy Coffey, FoodWise Coordinator, UW-Extension
    • Alison Craig, MD, Chief of Staff and General Pediatrician, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin
    • Riverside B: Healthy Partnerships
  • 5:30 PM

    7:30 PM
    Welcome Reception

    Join us in the Main Atrium to reflect on the first day of the conference, unwind and network with your colleagues from around the state. Cash bar and light hors d'oeuvres.

    • Main Atrium