Everybody’s Talking About It: Food, Health, and Wealth

Several months ago, Crystal Townsend, President of the Healthcare Initiative Foundation, introduced the Washington Regional Convergence Partnership in the Daily WRAG. Next week we’ll share an update with you about the Partnership’s work. Today we introduce a series of blog posts from the Partnership’s consultant on some of the learning opportunities she’s tracking this week.

by Lindsay Smith
Consultant, Washington Regional Convergence Partnership

Food is a hot topic. If it’s one that you’ve kept tabs on at all recently, you may have heard the phrase “everybody eats” a lot for good reason. Everybody does eat, always will, and bound up in this simple statement is a chance to connect something you do need to do every day and just about any other issue you care about. Care about childhood development? Reducing chronic disease and health care costs? Clean water, biodiversity, and climate change? Fair wages and new job opportunities for workers of all skill levels? It all comes together in the food system!

The Greater Washington region is blessed with an abundance of national experts in food, health, nutrition, and agriculture. It is also home to a group of local experts and talented entrepreneurs, nonprofits, community members, and elected officials working to build a more sustainable regional food system in the region. Learning and interest about the connection between what we put on our plates and human health and well-being, environmental sustainability, and new economic opportunities, has taken off.

Curious to learn more? Here’s a sampling of some of the webinars, workshops, and meetings you can access via Metro ride or the comfort of your own home this week:

Monday, June 17th
7:00 to 9:00 pm. Hill Center, Washington, DC: Screening and Director Discussion of Vanishing of the Bees hosted by the Center for Food Safety and Beyond Pesticides. [More info.]

Wednesday, June 19th
12:30 to 2:00 pm. PolicyLink Webinar: Implementing Equity in Health in All Policies & Health Impact Assessments: From Concept to Action [More info.]

2:00 to 3 pm. FoodDay.Org Webinar with Food Policy Council expert, Mark Winne: Tools for Policy Change [More info.]

6:00 to 8:00 pm. Rockville Library, Rockville, MD: Montgomery County Food Council sponsors a Panel on Food-Related MoCo Jobs [More info.]

Thursday, June 20th
9:30 to 11 am. Bipartisan Policy Center, Washington, DC Food and Farm Policy: Impacts on Health and Health Care Costs. [More info.]

3:30 to 4:45 pm. National Good Food Network Webinar: Raising Dough for Food Businesses [More info.]

6:00 to 8:00 pm. Union Market, Washington, DC. Smart Growth America presents Food in the City [More info.]

The Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers is the fiscal agent for the Washington Regional Convergence Partnership. If you are a funder who is interested in joining the effort and learning more about this Regional Convergence Partnership, please contact Lindsay Smith.

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