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KHI Event Set for Nov. 4: County Health Rankings: Addressing Food Insecurity

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By KANSAS HEALTH INSTITUTE | October 12, 2021

KHI Event Set for Nov. 4: County Health Rankings: Addressing Food Insecurity

Hunger and food insecurity exist within every community in the United States and have been intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic, negatively impacting the health of millions nationwide, including hundreds of thousands of Kansans. Join us on Thursday, November 4, for a meaningful conversation about food insecurity and ways to leverage the County Health Rankings data and tools. Event attendees will also hear from communities across Kansas about their efforts to increase access, availability and affordability of healthy foods. The agenda will feature a keynote speaker, lightning talks and a panel discussion.

Co-sponsored by the Kansas Health Institute, the Kansas Hospital Association, the Kansas Food Bank and Harvesters - The Community Food Network

When: Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. CST

Where: via Zoom (link will be sent after registration)

Funding for this event is provided by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaborative program between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Facilitated discussions about the County Health Rankings in your community are available upon request. 

Keynote Speaker

Gita Rampersad, J.D., M.H.A., Vice President of Health and Nutrition, Feeding America

 

 

 



Other Speakers Include:

Jessica Kejr, M.S.W., Director of Programs and Client Collaboration Initiatives, Harvesters - The Community Food Network
Geovannie Gone, L.M.A.C., M.S., Chief Administrative Officer, Genesis Family Health (Finney County)
Matt O’Malley, Director of Outreach & Development, Eat Well Food Policy Council Chair (Crawford County)
Andrea Clark, A.I.C.P., Policy & Planning Manager, KC Healthy Kids (Kansas City, KS)
Lacey Mollel, C.R.H.C.P., Clinic Operations Manager, Kearny County Hospital (Kearny County)

We are finalizing the agenda that will include a panel to discuss the role of philanthropy, business and the farming community in addressing food insecurity.

Event Partners

The Kansas Health Institute supports effective policymaking through nonpartisan research, education and engagement. KHI believes evidence-based information, objective analysis and civil dialogue enable policy leaders to be champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.

The Kansas Hospital Association is a voluntary, non-profit organization existing to be the leading advocate and resource for members. KHA membership includes 217 member facilities, of which 123 are full-service, community hospitals. KHA and its affiliates provide a wide array of services to the hospitals of Kansas and the Midwest region. Founded in 1910, KHA’s vision is: “Optimal Health for Kansans.”

Harvesters - The Community Food Network is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which provides food and related household products to more than 760 nonprofit agencies including emergency food pantries, community kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes and others. They also offer education programs to increase community awareness of hunger and teach about good nutrition. During fiscal year 2021, Harvesters - The Community Food Network helped distribute more than 76 million pounds of food, providing more than 67 million meals.

The Kansas Food Bank is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity which provides food throughout 85 of Kansas’ 105 counties. We work with over 700 hunger relief partners. Every year, the Kansas Food Bank provides millions of healthy meals to our neighbors who experience food insecurity. Whether it’s the Food 4 Kids weekend backpack program at work in over 400 schools, our Bob Box program providing missing meals for our seniors or the mobile pantry being deployed in communities that lack or have limited pantry service, the Kansas Food Bank provides healthy, nutritious food for our neighbors in the far reaches of our great state. In addition, we offer assistance navigating the SNAP food stamp application as part of our work helping ensure benefits are available to qualified households. 


 

The Kansas Health Institute supports effective policymaking through nonpartisan research, education and engagement. KHI believes evidence-based information, objective analysis and civil dialogue enable policy leaders to be champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.