Online Program

Essential ties between public health, the environment and our federal food and farm policy

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 5:10 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Helen Dombalis, MPH, MSW, National Farm to School Network, Washington, DC
The presentation will begin with an overview of federal food and farm policies that impact public health and the environment, most notably the Farm Bill and the Child Nutrition Act. Within these two pieces of legislation, there are various nutrition, research, horticulture, conservation, and other policies and programs that impact some aspect of the food system from producer to consumer and that have far-reaching effects on public health, all of which will be discussed.

Then, the presentation will explain the intersection between federal policy and individuals and organizations at the local and State levels. Not only can local and State players influence federal policy, but when federal policy is stalled, action can be taken at the local and State levels to move food and farm needs forward.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Discuss an overview of federal food and farm policy including the farm bill Identify aspects of this federal policy that impact public health and the environment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have both an MPH and an MSW and have spent three years working in Washington, DC on federal food and agriculture policy with an emphasis on local and regional food systems, public health, and justice.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.