Using Local & Institutional Policy to Address Root Causes of Food Insecurity

Using Local & Institutional Policy to Address Root Causes of Food Insecurity


Hosted by Moving Health Care Upstream and ChangeLab Solutions and funded with generous support from The Kresge Foundation and Nemours Children’s Health System, this webinar brought together experts to discuss realistic and innovative local and institutional policy strategies that hospitals can use to address root causes of food insecurity on a community-wide scale.

This webinar covers the nuts and bolts of using policy strategies to further your program’s impact and provide real-world, current examples from the Public Health Institute and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. We explored what local and organizational policy looks like: ordinances, zoning, and more. It’s not just legislation! Participants also received information about proven tools and guidance that health systems and partners can use to determine which policy strategies are the best fit for their community.  

This webinar was the second in a two-part series on hospital-community partnerships. The first webinar in the series focused on organizational and local public policy to address asthma prevention and was held on July 18, 2017. The audio and materials are available here.


  • Kate Blackburn, MSW, senior program & policy analyst, National Office of Policy & Prevention at Nemours
  • Holly Calhoun, project manager, Public Health Institute
  • Rio Holaday, MPH, senior policy analyst, ChangeLab Solutions
  • Wendy Palmer, MS, RD, LD, CHES, wellness manager, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Jennifer Puestow, manager of wellness, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta