Fall Forum 2023

November 1-3, 2023

National Housing Center
1201 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Feeding Hearts and Minds: Food as Medicine, Divided Media, and Implications for Public Policy


Draft Agenda

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The 2023 GIH Fall Forum will be held in-person. For information about COVID-19 policies and vaccination and masking requirements, please visit our FAQs.

Wednesday, November 1

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Registration

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Opening Keynote: Working Together for a Stronger Medicare

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Keynote: Medicaid and CHIP Update 

  • Kate Massey, Executive Director, Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission 

2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Health Updates from the Hill  

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break 

3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Philanthropic Strategies to Advance Public Policy

4:45 – 5:15 p.m 'Advocacy' Isn’t a Dirty Word – Boosting Public Health’s Ability to Engage in the Policy World – Book Discussion

  • Shelley Hearne, Deans Sommer & Klag Professor for Public Health Advocacy and director, Lerner Center for Public Health Advocacy, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

5:15 – 5:30 p.m. Closing Reflections

5:30 p.m. Adjourn

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Networking Reception

Thursday, November 2

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Keynote: State of Food as Medicine

  • Alissa Wassung, Executive Director, Food Is Medicine Coalition 

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Federal Agenda for Food as Medicine

  • Caree Cotwright, Director of Health Equity and Nutrition Security, Food and Nutrition Services, United States Department of Agriculture

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Opportunities for Partnership and Investment Around Food as Medicine 

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lauren LeRoy Health Policy Lecture Luncheon 

1:30 – 1:45 p.m. Break 

1:45 – 3:15 p.m. Building the Food as Medicine Movement: Opportunities, Innovations, and Filling the Gaps 

  • Brent Ling, Director of External Affairs, Wholesome Wave (Moderator)
  • Pamela Schwartz, Executive Director, Community Health, Kaiser Permanente 

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Philanthropy’s Role in Moving Food as Medicine 

  • Diana Johnson, Manager, Food Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation (Moderator)
  • Kate Masuch, Director of Corporate Sustainability and Social Impact, Novo Nordisk 
  • Valerie Stewart, Director, Healthy Communities, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation 

4:30 – 4:45 p.m. Closing Reflections 

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception 

Friday, November 3

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast 

9:00 – 9:10 a.m. Welcome and plan for the day

  • Cara V. James, President and CEO, Grantmakers In Health

9:10 – 9:40 a.m. Keynote: The Polarization of News, Erosion of Public Trust, and the Need for a Healthy Information Ecosystem

  • Kirsten Eddy, Senior Researcher, Center for News, Technology, and Innovation

9:40 – 10:45 a.m. Connecting Community: Exploring the Link Between Local Media, Public Trust, and Civic Engagement 

  • David Rousseau, Publisher, KFF Health News; Executive Director, Journalism and Information Technology, KFF (Moderator)
  • Tom Rosenstiel, Senior Fellow, The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The Need for News: Advancing Health and Civic Engagement with Investments in Local Media 

  • Allyn Brooks-LaSure, Vice President, Communications, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Moderator)
  • Nora Ferrell, Director of Communications, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust 
  • Duc Luu, Director of Sustainability Initiatives/Journalism, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation 
  • Courtney McCall, Vice President of Strategic Communications, Missouri Foundation for Health
  • Steve Sapienza, Senior Strategist, News Partnerships, Pulitzer Center 

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch 

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Creating a Healthier Information Ecosystem 

  • Irving Washington, Senior Fellow for Misinformation and Trust, KFF (Moderator)
  • Mark Miller, Vice President of Communications, de Beaumont Foundation 
  • Reed Tuckson, Co-Founder, Coalition for Trust in Health and Science

2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Closing Reflections

  • Cara V. James, President and CEO, Grantmakers In Health

2:45 Adjourn

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