Dishing up Health Equity: Community Engaged Lifestyle Medicine Focused Strategies to Build Healthy Nutrition to Underserved Communities
Health disparities in the US are the largest in the developed world, and are largely rooted in preventable factors. Lifestyle-related diseases disproportionately affect low-income and diverse
populations, who face significant barriers to engaging in healthy dietary and activity habits. Poorer communities face twin challenges of food insecurity – inability to afford food – and low
access to healthy foods. Faced with limited resources provided by food stamps and assistance programs, sugary beverages and processed foods often replace high-quality plants and legumes.
While ad-hoc clinical education is an important first step, optimizing nutrition in food-insecure areas requires an organized community-wide strategy. Communty-Engaged Lifestyle Medicine
is an innovative strategy and process that links community and clinical stakeholders to empower communities and sustain positive change. CELM calls for involving the community as well as
health care providers in every step of the process: identifying the need, creating and implementing the solution, and communicating the results. In this way, results are more likely to
be sustainable, far-reaching, and have buy-in from the community. CELM is also an evidence-based process for building health equity.
This workshop is a hands-on, practical experience that will engage attendees in developing their own CELM action plan to build healthy nutrition in food insecure committees. Expert
facilitators, with significant experience in starting programs and realizing positive community change, will be present to mentor attendees through a series of structured activities designed to
generate “a-ha!” moments for beginner to experienced participants. The workshop will also serve as a forum for knowledge sharing and brainstorming among attendees. Skills taught byexpert facilitators will be practical and hands-on, covering key food concepts useful to diverse/low-income communities – i.e., food prescriptions, cooking demos, budgeting healthy food – and bigger-picture “process” factors such as establishing effective partnerships, building sustainability and ownership, leading change, navigating conflict, pitching new ideas, etc.
- Define community-engaged lifestyle medicine its importance in building health and wellness in vulnerable communities.
- Describe the burden of lifestyle challenges differentially affecting food insecure communities.
- Identify key stakeholders needed to build a “strategy” for healthier eating in a diverse / low-income community, and relate this to your work.
- Describe principles of successful programs and the type of change they have produced in vulnerable communities, and relate this to your work.
- Engage in hands-on skill building related to key food outreach concepts, such as food prescriptions, food pharmacies, cooking demos and food bank partnerships
- Create and understand the principles of budget-friendly, sample recipes that are culturally relevant and can be used in cooking classes.
- Gain confidence in forming and leading partnerships and understand how to pitch an idea for a food program to a key stakeholder
- Be able to understand, apply and build upon the basic “toolkit” of evidence-based activities and processes for promoting health of vulnerable populations through
Registration will be limited to the first 70 people.