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Monthly Webinar for Community Health Workers in Virginia


Wednesday May 21, 2014 at 1:00 – 2:30 PM EDT


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Training Details

Topic: HIV Treatment Updates and Research Advances

Trainer: Vanessa Johnson, Ribbon Consulting Group

This training will provide recent updates and information on current and future research, treatments, and policy that affect People Living with HIV/AIDS.

*The deadline to register is Tuesday, May 20, 2014.*

If you have any questions regarding registration or our mailing list, please contact Elisabeth Michel at [email protected].

If you have any questions regarding this training or upcoming trainings, please do not hesitate to contact:

Dwyan Monroe
Program Coordinator
Institute for Public Health Innovation
[email protected]
202-747-3512, x. 1055


IPHI fills a critical niche in DC-MD-VA region

Widely considered the most resourced country in the world, the U.S. has a life expectancy that ranks only 38 among industrialized nations, and life expectancy in many parts of the region falls well below the U.S. national average. Within the region as elsewhere in the U.S., an individual’s zip code is a better predictor of health than his or her genetic code, with life expectancy and quality of life varying dramatically by neighborhood and population group.
IPHI’s vision is to advance the capital region as an example for the nation for how to create a healthy society. This bold vision will require the best in ideas, partners and resources, and IPHI endeavors to facilitate interconnections and fill critical gaps so our system of public health activities can achieve more than the sum of its parts. To learn more about IPHI’s initiatives, click on the case studies above or contact us using the form at right. GO! >

Abby Charles

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Charles joined the Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) as Program Manager after serving for five years at the Women’s Collective, a nationally recognized organization providing care, prevention, and advocacy services for women, girls and their families living with and at risk for HIV in the Metropolitan DC area.

Prince George’s County Council Passes Resolution to Endorse Food Equity Council

Upper Marlboro, MD (July 9, 2013) — The Institute for Public Health Innovation and the Place Matters Policy Team of the Port Towns Community Health Partnership (PTCHP) applaud the Prince George’s County Council endorsement of a Food Equity Council. A resolution passed on July 9th notes the legislative body “expressly supports and endorses the formation of the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council” to develop and support policies and practices for improving the County’s food system. This initiative is funded and supported with technical assistance from the Institute for Public Health Innovation through a Community Transformation Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Across the country and in our backyard, food policy councils like this Food Equity Council are bringing together government, community, non-profit, business, and other leaders to think creatively about how to address hunger, health, the environment, and the local economy through increased availability of healthy, affordable and fresh food,” explains David Harrington, Senior Advisor to the PTCHP, a program funded by Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States.

“With more than one in eight people in Prince George’s County struggling to afford enough food, we need to think broadly and creatively to address both affordability and access” said Laura Flamm, Nutrition Associate with Maryland Hunger Solutions.  “Federal nutrition programs, including the Food Supplement Program and free and reduced priced school meals, are powerful tools for promoting health, nutrition, and local economic development. Through the work of the Food Equity Council, we will be able to expand the reach and impact of these programs.”

Three out of five County children receive free or reduced-price meals at school, and household participation in the Food Supplement Program (federally known as SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program) has more than doubled in the last five years, reflecting the economic downturn and increased unemployment and low-wage jobs.

“We want to reverse the systemic lack of access to healthy foods in our County, particularly in low-income neighborhoods. Nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables are often only available in higher income areas, miles from where the majority of people work, study and live. As a result, too many of us are left to rely on nearby, less healthy, and often more expensive options, such as highly processed food,” says Margaret Morgan-Hubbard, CEO of ECO City Farms, and core member of the PTCHP.

Factors such as access, affordability and availability of healthy food directly impact community health. Prince George’s County has some of the most challenging health data in Maryland, with 70 percent of the adult population either overweight or obese. According to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Maryland Vital Statistics Annual Report 2011, the age-adjusted death rate for Prince George’s County ranked third in diabetes and eighth in heart diseases among 24 Maryland jurisdictions. In both cases, the county had disproportionately higher rates than the State (28.6 versus 20.4 deaths per 100,000 population for diabetes and 203.5 versus 181.6 per 100,000 population for heart diseases).

“Of utmost importance in addressing chronic disease is creating community-based strategies for growing food close to the people who eat it,” says Morgan-Hubbard. As mentioned in the Resolution: “[the] mission of the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council is to significantly improve food security and community well-being of all who live, work, study, worship and play in the County.”

The taskforce that is working to launch the Food Equity Council is chaired by Maryland Hunger Solutions and is a collaboration between ECO City Farms, the Institute for Public Health Innovation, Maryland Hunger Solutions, Prince George’s County Planning Department, the Prince George’s County Health Department, and University of Maryland Extension – Prince George’s County.

By addressing the multiple layers of the food system, from production and processing, to distribution, consumption and waste management, the Food Equity Council will examine food policy, including strategies such as financing incentives for attracting grocery stores in low-income communities, alternative retail approaches like community supported agriculture, and innovative local production through urban farming and organic growing.

The Food Equity Council is currently seeking applications for membership. To learn more about the Council and to apply to join, visit Information about the Council and application will be posted on the website in the coming weeks. The deadline to apply is August 31st. The Council anticipates holding its first meeting by October 2013. All meetings will be open to the public.

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