October 26-27, 2017 • Hilton Garden Conference • Columbia, MO

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Thursday, October 26


  • 11:00
    Registration Opens 


  • 12:00
    MOCAN Luncheon and Business Meeting (MOCAN Members Welcome)
  • 2:00
    Summit Opens: MOCAN Welcome – Lisa Nelson, MOCAN Chair
  • 2:15
    Setting the Stage: Current Missouri Health and Food Consumption Trends and Implications for Policy

    • Venkata Garikapaty, Office of Epidemiology Chief, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
    • Eduardo Simoes, Chair, Health Management and Informatics, University of Missouri
  • 3:15
  • 3:30
    Hunger, Health and the Farm Bill

    • Ellen Teller, Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
    • Dr. Patrick Westhoff, Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), University of Missouri
  • 5:00

MOCAN New Member Reception

Friday, October 27


  • 7:00
    Registration and Breakfast Buffet
  • 8:00
    Welcome – Karen Edison, Director, CHP
    (Special Welcome to UM System President Mun Choi and MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright)
  • 8:15
    Opening Keynote: Federal Farm Policy, the Private Sector and Public Health
    Margo Wootan, DSc, Director, Nutrition Policy at Center for Science in the Public Interest, Washington, DC
  • 9:15
    Panel- Food Policy is Health Policy
    Melinda Hemmelgarn- Food Sleuth
    Mary Hendrickson- Rural Sociology, University of Missouri
    Tom Ruggieri- Fair Share Farm
  • 10:25
  • 10:40
    Panel Discussion: Food and Environment Initiatives in Community and Workplace Settings
    Moderator: Donna Mehrle Elliott
    Emily Meissen-Sebilius, MSW, Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition, “Engaging Cross-Sector Partners in Healthy Food Access and Promotion-Kansas City”
    Lori Jones, Joplin Family YMCA and Joplin Area Food Action Network, “Collaborative Efforts to Implement ‘Eat Smart in Parks’ in Joplin and Surrounding Communities.”
    Lauren Schulte, MPH, CHES, Senior Manager of Wellness Services, St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition, “Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice: Food Policy and Environmental Supports in Missouri Workplaces”
  • 11:45
  • 12:00
    Luncheon Keynote: Equity in the Food System
    Ricardo Salvador, PhD, Director, Food & Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists, Washington, DC


  • 1:15
    Afternoon Keynote: 
    The Latest in Health Reform
    Alison KodjakHealth Policy Correspondent, NPR
  • 2:15
  • 2:30
    Partnership for a Healthier America Healthy Hospital Initiative:  Institutional Improvements at Children’s Mercy
    Shelly Summar, MSEd, RD, LD, Program Manager, Weighing In, Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, MO
  • 3:15
    Missouri Department Directors Panel
    Chris Chinn, Department of Agriculture (invited)
    Dr. Randall Williams, Department of Health and Senior Services
    Dr. Stave Corsi, Department of Social Services
  • 4:15
    Closing Comments – Lisa Nelson, MOCAN Chair and Karen Edison, Director, CHP
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
    Post Summit Field Trip: Farm Tour
    (Optional- participants must provide their own transportation)
    Local wine and beer provided. Donations encouraged.

    • The Urban Farm
      Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture
      1207 Smith Street
      Columbia, MO 65201

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