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Leveraging Juvenile Justice Food Environments to Advance Health Equity

Research on policies & practices

Food & Beverages

US juvenile justice facilities serve at least 144,000 meals per day to over 48,000 young people. In this webinar, we discuss why juvenile justice food environments are important for health equity.

For youth incarcerated in the juvenile justice system, access to nutritious food within those facilities is crucial to their immediate and long-term health. Food service and catering, commissaries and canteens, food in visiting areas, and food gardens all have potential for improving health equity.

In this webinar, you’ll learn about new research from ChangeLab Solutions and RTI International on the policies and practices that shape food environments in juvenile justice facilities. We have shared our findings on the following topics:

  • Diet-related health inequities
  • Characteristics of the juvenile justice population
  • Institutional food systems and operations
  • The policy and regulatory landscape
  • Potential policy and environmental improvements

We also profile the success story of School Nutrition Services at the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, which has been recognized at local, state, and national levels for its approach.


  • Kimberly Libman, ChangeLab Solutions
  • Nessia Berner Wong, ChangeLab Solutions
  • Kristen C. Giombi, RTI International
  • Lynne Williams, North Carolina Department of Public Safety
  • Lauren Dawson, Healthy Eating Research