Food Matters: Becoming an Effective Advocate for Healthy Food Policy

13 December 2013 09:00 AM till 04:00 PM

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Event Description

The Food Matters Training is designed to introduce a clinical audience (physicians, nurses, and other medical and community health professionals) to issues related to our current food system and human/population health and to provide them with hands on training and experience to advocate for healthy food environments and systems as part of a prevention based agenda in the community and public policy arena. A panel of elected officials will share perspectives and strategies for effective policy advocacy.  Three current policy debates will be presented by local experts as case studies: farm to school, antibiotics in animal agriculture and healthy food access.  Participants will be engaged in small groups to learn and practice advocacy approaches on these case study issues including preparation and delivery of testimony, media interviews and persuasive writing. 


This Training is approved for 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and is organized by:  Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Health Care Without Harm and Kaiser Permanente Northwest.



What we eat profoundly impacts the health of individuals, our communities, and the environment. The U.S. population is ubiquitously exposed to energy-dense, nutritionally depleted, chemical-laden food that is grown in environmentally destructive and unsustainable ways. Obesity, diabetes, malnutrition, cancer and other chronic diseases are the costly consequences of our current consumption patterns, both in terms of human well-being and healthcare expenditures. Health care professionals, such as physicians, nurses and dieticians, frequently provide anticipatory guidance on nutrition and healthy eating to their patients. Yet encouraging healthy eating alone will not promote healthful eating habits if the food systems which most people rely on, make access to these food choices difficult. 


The current industrial system of food production and distribution is deeply entrenched, and until recently was seen as outside the purview of health care professionals. This view is changing. In 2009, the American Medical Association House of Delegates passed a resolution calling for physicians to work with health care and public health organizations to educate the health care community and the public about the importance of healthy and ecologically sustainable food systems that "provide food and beverages of naturally high nutritional quality”. In June 2010, the American Dietetic Association, American Nurses Association, American Planning Association, and American Public Health Association endorsed a similar set of food system principles. 


Speakers Include:

  • Ted Schettler, MD; Science and Environmental Health Network
  • Emma Sirois, MS, Program Director, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Molly Haynes RD, MPH, Community Benefit Manager, Kaiser Permanente
  • Anneliese Koehler, Public Policy Advocate, Oregon Food Bank
  • Jeff Kleen, Federal Public Policy Advocate Oregon Food Bank
  • Katy Pelissier, MPH, Farm to School Program Manager, Ecotrust 
  • Invited local, state and federal elected officials


At the conclusion of this activity the learner will be able to:

1.  Describe current food systems issues and associated legislative policy activities.
2.  Describe types of advocacy strategies that could be used and that they could engage in to support policy actions.
3.  Engage with local organizations with which to engage to support policy actions.
4.  Engage in effective advocacy on public policy including providing testimony, writing persuasively and speaking to media outlets.


Accreditation and Credit Designation:


Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented through the joint sponsorship of the Northwest Permanente, PC Department of Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development (NWP CME & Professional Development) and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility. NWP CME & Professional Development is accredited by the Oregon Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 


Credit Designation: NWP CME & Professional Development designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 


Disclosure Policy:

NWP CME and Professional Development asks all individuals involved in the development and presentation of continuing medical education activities to disclose all relationships with commercial interests. This information is disclosed to participants. In addition, faculty members are asked to disclose when any unapproved, unlabeled, and/or investigational use of commercial products and/or devices is being discussed. NWP CME and Professional Development has procedures to resolve any apparent conflict of interest. Any products mentioned are for illustrative purposes and are not to be construed as endorsements of those products. All information is provided for educational purposes only. 


To request reasonable accommodations for a disability please notify, Emma Sirois ( in writing as soon as possible.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds are available for cancellations made 48 hours before the event. Refunds are not available for cancellations less than 48 hours prior to the event.

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13 December 2013

9:00 AM

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3704 N. Interstate Ave.
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