October 26-27, 2017 • Hilton Garden Conference • Columbia, MO
How we produce and consume food has a bigger impact on American’s well-being than any other human activity. The food industry is the largest sector of our economy and food touches everything from our health to the environment, climate change, economic inequality and the federal budget. The time is ripe to revisit our food system and identify ways to change our policies to improve health.
On another track, the New Administration and the 115th US Congress is planning and implementing changes in the priorities for national health policies.
This is a unique time in history to examine the intersection between these two policy arenas. This presents opportunities for wins in both policy arenas that assures access to healthful food, appropriate food marketing, chronic disease prevention, and reduced health care costs and premature deaths.
- Identify food and health policy intersections and opportunities for gains in both arenas to improve Missouri’s economy and public health.
- Examine the impact of local, state and federal food policy and environmental change on health, including
- Local projects and programs with demonstrated success in Missouri;
- Private sector actions making a difference in public health;
- State-level policy initiatives; and
- The Farm Bill, federal food policy and public health.
- Review the major shifts in food and nutrition patterns and the impact these have had on Missouri’s rates of preventable, chronic disease.
- Share the most current information on health reform in 2017 and implications for Missouri.
- Margo Wootan, DSc, Director, Nutrition Policy at Center for Science in the Public Interest, Washington D.C.
- Ricardo Salvador, PhD, Director, Food & Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists, Washington, D.C.
- Alison Kodjak, Health Policy Correspondent, NPR
MU Center for Health Policy | Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition (MOCAN) | MU Center for Continuing Medical Education & Physician Lifelong Learning | MU Sinclair School of Nursing