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Breakout Sessions

Friday Program

Breakouts G - 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.


Interactive Workshops

Creating Aging-Friendly Communities
Karen Dickrell, University of Wisconsin Extension Outagamie County
Jane Jensen, University of Wisconsin Extension Sheboygan County
Libby Bestul, University of Wisconsin Outreach Specialist, Madison

We will provide an overview of why the issues were identified as a priority program. We will provide an overview of the facilitation guide that includes: Readiness, Demographics; Survey tools; Characteristics of Communities; and Evaluation/Impact. Case studies of application in rural, suburban and urban communities will be shared.

Selling Food that is Good Tasting. Good for Communities and Good for Business in Small Rural Stores
Teresa Ambroz, Minnesota Department of Health
Betsy Johnson, University of Minnesota

Learn how multiple stakeholders came together to re-envision small rural stores and co-create tools and strategies to increase access to appealing and affordable foods and beverages, and promote the sales of these items to support rural economic development in underserved communities. This interactive session will provide hands on experience to support stocking and merchandising healthy items through product, price, placement and promotions with a focus on the check-out area.

Nudging to Health Transforms the Food Shelf Environment
Kelly Kunkel, University of Minnesota Extension
Dianne Davis-Kenning, University of Minnesota Extension
Carolina De La Rosa Mateo, University of Minnesota
Sunghun Lim, University of Minnesota

Learn about the Nudging to Health initiative and the positive impact on healthy food selection for food shelf clients; share ways to work with other state and local agencies for optimal program success; and provide input into future food shelf programming that can be implemented on a national level through SNAP-Ed.

Connecting Health and Well-Being to Farm and Ranch Vitality: Health Insurance Tools You Can Use
Bonnie Braun, University of Maryland Extension
Shoshanah Inwood, The Ohio State University
Maria Pippidis, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

Participants in this workshop will work with newly released tools they can use to help farmers and ranchers decrease risk to farm and ranch viability. Results of a USDA-funded, multi-state study of how health insurance decisions impact farm and ranch families served as the research base for development of the tools. Tools can also be used with farming communities to better understand the issues identified by the study participants in a multi-systems approach to community health and financial well-being.

Native American Food Sovereignty Coalitions and Community Wellness
Rachel Lindvall, South Dakota State University Extension
Jason Schoch, South Dakota State University Extension

Native American communities face dramatic health disparities in South Dakota, and are also considered food deserts with high rates of food insecurity. Applying concepts of Food Sovereignty and the formation of community food sovereignty coalitions offer ways to implement self determined steps towards wellness. In this session, we will review how local coalitions formed, what actions they are taking and how others might replicate these initiatives.

Building a Culture of Breastfeeding Support One Community at a Time: The “Community Supporting Breastfeeding” Designation in Kansas
Brenda Bandy, Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition
Martha Hagen, Kansas Department of Health and Environment

In the adult world, a food desert is a community with no access to healthy fruit or vegetables. Babies need access to the healthiest “First Food” breastmilk. The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition created the “Communities Supporting Breastfeeding” designation to address “First Food Deserts” without adequate breastfeeding support. Using the social-ecological model of breastfeeding support, this designation recognizes communities who have developed innovative partnerships to create a multifaceted approach to breastfeeding support.

Breakouts H - 11:00 to 12:00 p.m.


Interactive Workshops

Health Equity in Child Care: A Policy and Systems Approach
Natasha Frost, Public Health Law Center
Krista Scott, Child Care Aware of America

We expect a lot from child care providers; they care for and nurture our youngest and most vulnerable, and are asked to help them learn, develop and build healthy habits. But many of the professionals in our workforce have high levels of stress, low pay and might be in moderate to poor health themselves. In this session, Child Care Aware® of America and the Public Health Law Center will provide an overview of how health equity principles impact providers in the various early care and education settings, and how laws and policies impact provider health and wellness. Participants will share current challenges in offering healthy work environments for child care professionals and how that impacts quality child care, simple solutions that can make a big impact on staff wellness, identify existing systemic challenges and develop strategic solutions that make child care healthier settings for our valued child care workforce.

Effective Strategies for Authentic Community Engagement to Heal Trauma: An Interactive Practicum and Presentation on How to Build and Hold Health Generating Space
Suzanne Koepplinger, Minneapolis Foundation
Marnita Schroedl, Marnita's Table

This session will demonstrate how stakeholders can fundamentally shift health outcomes for individuals living with toxic stress and trauma. The Catalyst Initiative of the George Family Foundation has partnered with Marnita's Table to create safe spaces for healthy behaviors to be taught and normalized in a community context.

Designing Innovative Local Food Policy Solutions to Advance Health Equity
Ryan Lee, Public Health Law Center
Amanda Karls, Public Health Law Center

Attendees will get hands-on policy-drafting experience using a local food policy database designed by the Healthy Food Policy Project. The database highlights local laws that promote: access to healthy food, strong local economies, an improved environment, and health equity, with a focus on socially disadvantaged and marginalized groups.

Using a Community Engagement Model to Address African American Infant Mortality in Hennepin County
Mia Robillos, Center for Health Equity, Minnesota Department of Health
Helen Jackson Lockett-El, Center for Health Equity, Minnesota Department of Health
Clarence Jones, Community Engagement Consultant

The session will cover a community engagement model to look at infant mortality disparities through a health equity lens and use of Root Cause Analysis (RCA). Presenters will guide the audience through types of RCAs, the creation of RCA examples, and how the process could be applied to their work.

Project breakFAST: Assisting Schools to Increase Breakfast Participation
Mary Schroeder, University of Minnesota Extension
Kate Grannon, University of Minnesota
Marilyn Nanney, University of Minnesota

Project breakFAST (Fueling Academics and Strengthening Teens) increased high school breakfast participation by bringing breakfast out of the cafeteria and into the hallways. In this session participants will explore the Project breakFAST toolkit and learn how to use the toolkit to assist schools to increase school breakfast participation.

Meeting the Needs of Transgender Youth Pre-Conference
Jenifer McGuire — University of Minnesota
Nathan Hesse — University of Minnesota Extension
Courtney Cuthbertson — Michigan State University

Participate in an engaging conversation about meeting the needs of transgender youth. In this session you will discuss use of language that builds understanding about transgender issues, risky behaviors and other issues revealed by research on transgender youth, the importance of inclusion for transgender youth, and ideas for building supportive programs for the mental and physical health of transgender and non-conforming youth.

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