Health Professional Education & Engagement

Health Professional Education & Engagement

 

 

Why Health Professionals?

The healthcare sector bears the burden of treating diseases associated with a broken food system. Obesity, diabetes, malnutrition, heart diseases, childhood cancer and other chronic diseases along with public health threats such as antibiotic resistance, air and water pollution, and climate change with impacts such as drought and severe weather that threaten our ability to grow food in addition to direct human health consequences - these are the costly consequences of a food system that favors nutritionally poor processed foods and relies on heavy use of antibitoics, pesticides and other chemicals. Upstream solutions are needed to change this landscape.  Health professionals are opinion leaders, trusted advisors and committed to promoting and protecting the health of individuals, families and communities. As such, physicians, nurses, dietitians, public health practitioners and other healthcare professionals are well poised to deliver strong impactful messages about the health impacts of our food system and advocate for changes in institutional and public policies and practices to transform the food system.  

Our program works to inform and activate a broad range of health professionals on food system and health issues; and develop strong leaders and advocates for a food system that promotes public and environmental health. We connect clinical and public health champions to scientific information, tools and resources; and provide opportunities and support for health professionals to advocate for healthy sustainable food systems in institutional and public policy settings. 

Educational Opportunities

Health Leaders Fellowship

This fellowship program is a leadership development opportunity for health professionals of all types, at any stage in their career. The 9-month program aims to develop and inspire local environmental health leaders through a series of issue and civic engagement trainings and field experiences. Learn more here.

Healthy Food in Health Care

The Healthy Food in Health Care program harnesses the purchasing power and expertise of the health care sector to advance the development of a sustainable food system. Through advocacy, and education, we motivate healthcare facilities to implement programs that explicitly connect all aspects of the food system with health. We catalyze sustainable procurement efforts, create clinician advocates, and inspire health care institutions to become leaders in shaping a food system that supports prevention-based health care.

The Michigan Healthy Food in Health Care (HFHC) program is part of a broader nationwide initiative of Health Care Without Harm (HCWH). We coordinate our program here in Michigan with a team of HFHC Organizers located in regions throughout the United States.  Together we work with hospitals across the country to help improve the sustainability of their food services and develop health professional champions advocating for change within their insitutions, communities and public policy.  Founded in 2005, the program provides education, tools, resources, and support to health care facilities, making the connection between the health of patients, staff and community and the food they serve.

Many health care institutions have begun to adopt practices and policies to support a healthy food system — one that is environmentally sustainable, improves nutritional quality and supports human dignity and justice.  There are increasing opportunities at local, state and national levels to create public policies that support the development of food systems that prevent illness and disease, help protect and restore our environment, and promote healthy individuals, communities and environments.  The powerful voice of health professionals plays an integral part in this work.  By becoming informed; helping to educate colleagues, peers, administrators, and lawmakers; and becoming champions for change within their institutions and communities; health professionals have the opportunity to catalyze transformations in our systems that pave the way to a healthier tomorrow for all.  See links below for more information and to access tools and educational resources related to our current initaitives and campaign focus areas.

The Issues

 

Tools & Resources: Coming soon!

  • Factsheets
  • Webinars
  • Reports
  • Policy Statements
  • Purchasing Guides

Engagement Opportunities

Healthy Food in Health Care [Institutional Engagement]

The Healthy Food in Health Care program harnesses the purchasing power and expertise of the health care sector to advance the development of a sustainable food system. Through advocacy, and education, we motivate facilities to implement programs that explicitly connect all aspects of the food system with health. We catalyze sustainable procurement efforts, create clinician advocates, and inspire health care institutions to become leaders in shaping a food system that supports prevention-based health care. Healthy Food in Health Care (HFHC) is a national initiative of Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), developed in conjunction with, and led by a team of allies in member organizations (including Ecology Center) around the country. The HFHC team works with hospitals across the country to help improve the sustainability of their food services. Founded in 2005, the program provides education, tools, resources, and support to health care facilities, making the connection between the health of patients, staff and community and the food they serve. The program aims to leverage the significant purchasing power and health expert status of hospitals to promote a healthier food system. By purchasing foods that are produced, processed and transported in ways that are protective of public and environmental health, hospitals can make a profound difference in the food system and in their own food environments.

Health care institutions around the country have begun to adopt practices and policies to support a healthy food system — one that is environmentally sustainable, improves nutritional quality and supports human dignity and justice. Healthy Food in Health Care program advances its work through six core initiatives. Learn more about institutional engagement opportunities.

Tools, Resources & Implementation ToolkitsComing soon!

  • Sustainable Food Policy / Healthy Food Pledge
  • Local and Sustainable Purchasing
  • Balanced Menus: Sustainable Meat - Antibiotics & Climate Change
  • Healthy Beverages
  • Waste Reduction
    • Food Waste
    • Green Food Serviceware

Published on December 15, 2014

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