Member Announcements

National Network of Public Health Institutes announces launch of Healthy Farms, Healthy People State Meetings Learning Community

The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) has selected 7 nonprofit organizations to receive $7,500 awards, coupled with individualized technical assistance from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), to conduct meetings in 2012 promoting a cross-sector examination of the intersection between agriculture, food systems, and human health. The 7 organizations selected for the Healthy Farms, Healthy People State Meetings Learning Community include:

Iowa Food Systems Council
Kansas Rural Center
Mississippi Health Advocacy Program
The National Center for Appropriate Technology
Rural Health Network of South Central New York
Oregon Public Health Institute
Texas Health Institute

“NNPHI received over 60 applications for this funding opportunity, demonstrating the high level of activity nationwide in examining issues of healthy nutrition in a broader perspective of agriculture and food systems,” says Christopher Kinabrew, NNPHI’s Director of Government and External Affairs. “NNPHI looks forward to working with IATP and CDC to foster a learning community across states, and we are actively seeking funding to support additional technical assistance for those organizations we were not able to fund.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has supported the learning community through its cooperative agreement with the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI). NNPHI has provided funding to selected state meetings and contracted with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) to provide technical assistance to meeting organizers. The views expressed during the meetings do not necessarily represent the views of NNPHI, IATP, CDC, or the Healthy Farms, Healthy People Coalition.

National Network of Public Health Institutes selects 7 nonprofit organizations to conduct projects at the intersection of food systems and health

With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) has selected 7 nonprofit organizations to conduct policy research and analysis projects at the intersection of food systems and health. The projects will be coordinated by NNPHI and results will be disseminated through the Healthy Farms, Healthy People Coalition which is extending issues of healthy nutrition into a broader perspective of agriculture and food systems. The 7 organizations selected include:

  • American Farmland Trust to analyze impacts of food system planning processes designed to enhance public health, promote environmental stewardship, and support economically viable farms;
  • Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment /Colorado Farm to School Task Force to analyze statutory and regulatory structure of agricultural policies as they relate to Farm to School initiatives, with an emphasis on food safety
  • Community Health Institute (NH) to conduct exploratory analysis of New Hampshire’s food system, including recommended practices to support a healthy food system in a resource-constrained environment
  • Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy for addressing the health impacts of crop insurance and commodity programs
  • Illinois Public Health Institute to conduct a “State of the Science” research summit addressing food access, regulations, food safety, and production/supply issues
  • ChangeLab Solutions (formerly Public Health Law and Policy) to examine whether specialty crop funding in the Farm Bill could be used to bring fruits and vegetables into small retail stores
  • Oregon Public Health Institute to examine the impact of the new federal food safety rules in the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, using Oregon as a case study

“NNPHI appreciates the opportunity to work with these organizations that have demonstrated a capability of working across sectors to advance a health in all policies approach,” says Christopher Kinabrew, NNPHI’s Director of Government and External Affairs. “We look forward to sharing their analyses examining issues of healthy nutrition in a broader perspective of agriculture and food systems.”