Farm to early care and education initiatives work across systems, linking health, education, and agriculture to support young children’s cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development; improve community nutrition; and build sustainable local food systems. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has released a set of new resources based on the learnings from their five-year, five-state (Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) investment in farm to early care and education.
To help spur decisionmakers to enact the changes necessary to create a stronger regional food system, the “Route 1 Lived Experiences Report,” documents the stories of 15 county residents living along the Route 1 Corridor, one of the region’s “islands of disadvantage.”
A new report from the Rockefeller Foundation, “True Cost of Food: Measuring What Matters to Transform the U.S. Food System,” outlines the true cost of food, including the impacts on health, the environment, biodiversity, and livelihoods.
In 2019, there are several trends we will be following. These trends show that, in general, funders are grappling with the changing environments of service delivery, health in communities, and organizational effectiveness.
When the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) launched the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund, we knew access to healthy and affordable food, opportunities for physical activity, and the overall built environment of neighborhoods greatly influenced health outcomes. But we also knew that community leaders were the key to making any real change.
Community engagement has become a somewhat ubiquitous term within the social sector, which often oversimplifies a deep and complex process.
Healthy Food Hits the Road: Making Good Food Available (and Affordable) in New England’s Food Deserts
As health care costs continue to rise, it is critical that players from every sector—public, private, and nonprofit—work collaboratively on solutions that address the health needs of low-income people and invest in preventative health measures.
The annual conference showed again this year why it is the premier opportunity for health funders to talk to their peers about challenges, lessons learned, and the path forward.
Ensuring access to sufficient, safe drinking water has been an essential function of water utilities, public health, and health care professionals around the world for more than a century. The public health community is often on the front lines, responding to elevated blood lead levels—and can speak to the need for prevention.
Grantmakers’ interest in supporting healthy eating policies has grown over the past two decades and been rewarded with considerable progress. Nonetheless, the next phase of policy work brings new challenges, opportunities, and questions. To explore these issues, Grantmakers In Health (GIH) convened Tackling Difficult-to-Crack Healthy Eating Policies, a strategic conversation for funders, practitioners, and experts in Sacramento, California.
The Surgeon General’s Call to Action in 2001 sparked widespread public concern about the rising prevalence of obesity and overweight in the United States. Since then, many health funders have supported obesity prevention, healthy eating/active living, and healthy living.
When The Colorado Health Foundation began funding in the healthy living space in 2007, staff saw nutrition education as an avenue to encourage the consumption of healthy foods.