2018 Healthy Food Access and Economic Development Summit

On Thursday, June 7th, the Illinois Public Health Institute, along with other partners, will convene a broad array of health and food system stakeholders from across Illinois for the invitation-only 2018 Healthy Food Access and Economic Development Summit, a day-long event to explore the intersection between healthy food access and economic development.

Register using the form below (you may register up to two people from your organization).

Registration fee: $30* – includes “Farm to Fork” light breakfast and healthy lunch

*Information on stipend options available in Payment notes of Registration Form, below

Location: Epiphany Farms Restaurant, 220 East Front Street Bloomington, IL 61701

The goal of this meeting is to catalyze:

  • mutual learning among stakeholders;
  • networking;
  • discussion on advances and challenges in connecting local food systems, health, and economic and community development; and
  • develop initial concrete strategic next steps to strengthen the link between healthy food access initiatives and economic and community development.

You will also have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions highlighting successful and innovative models of food access/economic development initiatives across Illinois.

Presenters (list in formation – check back regularly for updates):

  • Chicago Botanic Garden/Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship Program – Kelly Larsen, Operations Director, Chicago Botanic Garden
  • City of Chicago, Dept. of Planning and Development –  Micheal Newman-Brooks,  Project Manager of Urban Agriculture
  • gitm Foundation – Kim Keenan, Program Manager, Education/Research Director
  • Greater Peoria Economic Development Council – Tory Dahlhoff, Director of Communications & Outreach/Rural Development Coordinator
  • Grow Greater Englewood – Anton Seals, Jr., Lead Steward (Executive Director)
  • HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital/Mary’s Garden CSA Program – Kimberly Luz, Division Director of Community Outreach
  • IFF – Victoria Lakes-Battle, Executive Director, Chicago Region
  • Legacy of the Land – Amy Randazzo, President/Bookkeeper
  • UIC’s Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion – Angela Odoms-Young, Associate Director
  • University of Illinois Extension – Jessica Gadomski and Dale Kehr, Extension Educators, SNAP-Ed
  • Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship Program – Kelly Larsen, Operations Director, Chicago Botanic Garden

Session Topics:

  • Healthy Food Access/Nutrition and Public Health
  • Economic Development in Disadvantaged Communities
  • Opportunities for Food as Economic Development
  • Investing in Healthy Food as Economic Development in Low-Income Communities
2018 Healthy Food Access and Economic Development Summit

Registration Information

Your information

Second Registrant's Information


Note: With support from the CDC-funded Illinois Prevention Research Center, stipends to cover registration costs ($30) are available as well as a limited number of travel stipends ($40) to support travel costs and to broaden participation by groups that would otherwise be under-represented at the meeting. We encourage health, food system, and economic development stakeholders from all communities to request the stipends. To complete your registration, select the number of registrants. There are options to indicate if you would like to request a stipend in the drop down menu. Select the appropriate option. If stipends are not requested, the total amount due will populate in the Total Amount Due field. After the total price appears, hit the Submit button at the bottom of the form and you will be redirected to PayPal, where you can complete the payment process. If you need assistance with PayPal or need an alternative method of payment, contact Rebeca at (office@iphionline.org). If you selected one of the stipend options, the Total Amount Due field will populate with a $0 and simply hit submit to complete your registration.

Planning Committee:

  • American Heart Association
  • Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children
  • Cook County Health & Hospitals System
  • DeKalb Community Gardens
  • Experimental Station
  • Family Farmed
  • The gitm Foundation
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • IFF
  • Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Econ. Opportunity
  • Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Illinois Economic Policy Institute
  • Illinois Public Health Association
  • Illinois Public Health Institute
  • Illinois Stewardship Alliance
  • Kane County Health Department
  • Lake County Health Department
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Northern Illinois Food Bank
  • Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion – University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois Extension
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • Windy City Harvest

Supported by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.