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IPHI Co-hosting Food Policy and Regional Food Access Webinar on February 11

The Institute for Public Health Innovation and the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future will host a webinar on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 1:00 – 2:15 PM EST.

Food Policy and Regional Food Systems: Opportunities for Networking across Jurisdictions

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

1:00 – 2:15 PM EST

Join Us for This Webinar:


Where does your local food policy council fit within the regional food system? Would you like to play a stronger role in both your locality and at a regional level but not sure how? Functioning with limited resources and volunteer members, it can often be easiest for a food policy council to concentrate locally. By understanding the role of local food policy councils within the context of a regional food system, groups can network across geographies to maximize impact and effectiveness of policy changes.During this webinar, expert panelists will address a number of big picture questions local food policy councils have about regional food systems, including:

  • The role of local food policy councils within a regional network
  • When is it beneficial to connect across a region
  • How to determine your “region” and what to do when definitions vary
  • Best practices and challenges to organizing and building regional networks, including resources and infrastructure needed

These issues will be addressed to show participants how networking across jurisdictions can positively influence food system change. The webinar will also include time for participant Q&A.


Michael Dimock, President, Roots of Change

Rich Pirog, Senior Associate Director, Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University

Kathy Ruhf, Senior Fellow, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

With closing remarks from:

Mark Winne, Senior Advisor to the Food Policy Networks Project at the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future.


Food policy council coordinators and members, policy-makers, members of the local and regional food system and food system advocates