|Equitable Food Policy Summit: Harvesting health- cultivating an equitable food system|
El Paso, TX, April 25, 2012 (PAHO/WHO) –In an attempt to create a bridge between stakeholders and the community to build a process of developing and sustaining equitable food policies and environmental changes to ultimately create environments where the healthiest food choices are the easiest choices for all, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) U.S.-Mexico Border Office in collaboration with the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Chamizal (HKHC) partnership will host an Equitable Food Policy Summit on:
Equitable Food Policy Summit
Monday April 30th, 2012
8:30am – 4:30 pm
Camino Real Hotel
El Paso, TX.
The purpose of the Equitable Food Policy Summit will be to identify policy alternatives that are beneficial to food consumers, producers, distributors, and vendors. The Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Project has been working with Chamizal neighborhood residents and community stakeholders to find methods to address issues such as lack of access to affordable varieties of healthy food options, food insecurity and current socio-economic conditions that are affecting children and families.
According to the 2008 report: Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health, issued by the World Health Organization Commission on Social Determinants of Health, “Inequity in the conditions of daily lives is shaped by deeper social structures and processes; the inequity is systematic, produced by policies that tolerate or actually enforce unfair distribution of and access to power, wealth, and other necessary social resources.”
“Working to address vulnerabilities within the local food system will be complex and cannot be undertaken by any singular organization. We are hosting this summit to invite all stakeholders affected by current food policies and subject to future policy action to have forum in which to express their concerns and proactive solutions for these multidimensional issues,” explained Xochitl Gamboa, PAHO/WHO Consultant and HKHC Project Manager.
ABOUT HEALTHY KIDS, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
Healthy Kids Healthy Communities is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that focuses on systems, policies and environmental strategies to support healthy eating and active living, especially among children who are at the highest risk for obesity. HKHC selected 50 community partnerships across the country to help them increase opportunities for physical activity and improve access to affordable healthy foods for children and families. This initiative is advancing RWJF’s efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.
FOOD SUMMIT AGENDA
For more information please contact:
Lorely Ambriz, M.S.I.S, Knowledge Management & Communication
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / A Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) United States-Mexico Border Office
5400 Suncrest Dr. Ste. C-4 El Paso, TX 79912
Office (915) 845-5950 Ext. 42523 / Cel (915) 449-3040 / Fax (915) 845-4361