The topic of “Disrupting the Food Access Paradigm” is one of utmost importance in today’s society. Just as food is necessary for physical nourishment, it is also essential for social, economic and political wellbeing. This 80-minute panel takes a deep dive into the various challenges surrounding food access in both urban and rural landscapes, and how farmers and healthcare systems can play a key role in remedying disparities in access to healthy, nutrient dense foods. Join Christa Barfield, Dr. Rajika Reed, Jesse Barrett, Jen Malkoun, Ashley Walsh, and Nadine Clopton for a compelling discussion of food sovereignty, the connection between organic food and healthy communities, and strategies for integrating healthcare and farming. Through this discussion, attendees will learn about community-driven solutions to ending food insecurity, how healthcare institutions can be leaders in improving community access to healthy food, and the benefits of organic food on wellbeing. By exploring the connection between the healthcare sector and farming, the panel presents innovative strategies for improving access to quality food and healthcare, such as the importance of local, regenerative organic food production. This session is ideal for those who seek to have a deeper understanding of the challenges that lie at the intersection of public health and food justice, as well as the steps that can be taken to create healthier communities.
- Nadine Clopton (moderator), Rodale Institute Regenerative Healthcare Conference Program Manager
- Christa Barfield, Urban Farmer, Herbalist, Former Healthcare Professional, & Founder of FarmerJawn Philadelphia
- Dr. Rajika Reed, Vice President of Community Health at St Luke’s University Health Network
- Jesse Barrett, Rodale Institute Food Production Specialist
- Jen Malkoun, Director of Programs & Partnerships, Greener Partners
- Ashley Walsh, Founder, Pocono Organics