Minnesota Food Funders Network

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 8:00am - 12:30pm CST
Neighborhood House, 179 Robie St E, St. Paul, MN 55107

Event description: How can the philanthropic sector build on current efforts to develop a culture of health and ensure that all Minnesotans have access to healthy food? How can funders advance health equity and impact public health as demographics in our state change? 



Funders who attend will explore:

  • The impact of healthy food access on health equity
  • An evidence-based, national philanthropic model that fosters a “Culture of Health”
  • Promising practices in Minnesota 
  • How to engage with current healthy food access initiatives

Event Speakers:

Dr. Dwayne Proctor, director and senior advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will provide remarks on the important role funders play in creating a culture of health.

Dr. Edward Ehlinger, commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health, will discuss successes and opportunities to create a culture of health in Minnesota. 

Melanie Ferris, research scientist, Wilder Research Center, will address demographic changes in Minnesota and how they have impacted health disparities.

Guest speakers will showcase promising practices in Minnesota and offer case studies of public and private partnerships that advance health equity through healthy food access.

Anne Barry, assistant commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services, will provide a dynamic call to action.

Register here! Online registration closes on January 15, 2016.

Who should attend? Minnesota funders from diverse sectors invested in health and healthy food access, including community/corporate/family and private foundations, faith- based and government funders, leaders within the healthcare, hunger relief and public health sectors. 

This event is hosted by the Minnesota Food Funders Network and the Minnesota Hunger Initiative, sponsored by Greater Twin Cities United Way.