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Michigan Farm to Institution Network launched

On April 3rd, the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) and the Ecology Center launched a network to unite farmers, food processors, and food service directors in...

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​​2014 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums - Local Food

Join Hillary, Ecology Center's Healthy Food Program Director, in a discussion about local food, including highlights from the Ann Arbor farmers market, our local food economy, and tips on how to...

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National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

Symposium on Sustainability in Health Care - March 25, 2014

The 4th Annual Symposium on Sustainability in Health Care is an educational and networking event for Health Care providers and industry partners. A Keynote Luncheon with Jeff Thompson, CEO of...

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Michigan Farm to Institution Network to unveil local food campaign

The Michigan Farm to Institution Network, a statewide collaboration to put more locally grown food on the plates served to students, patients, visitors and employees at institutions across the...

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The Healthy Food in Health Care Program is part of a broader, national campaign through Health Care Without Harm. It works to expand the network of interested hospitals transitioning their current food procurement practices toward purchasing more sustainably-produced food for their patients and staff while also making the critical link between how food is grown and distributed and public and environmental health.

Click here to read how a health care facility can get started, or follow in the footsteps of more than forty successful Michigan facilities who began by signing the Healthy Food in Health Care Pledge! These facilities stay informed about national healthy food in health care trends and state-wide initiatives, conferences and trainings by subscribing to the program's Healthy Food in Health Care e-Newsletter.

Our program:

  • Offers introductory assistance - Our program staff offers an introduction to healthy, sustainable food systems for health care facilities; furthermore, we offer assistance in setting up a coordinated internal team to create priorities and plans while also connecting to tools, resources and other successful models across the country. Contact Nicki for more information.
  • Offers guidance on procuring local and sustainable foods - Our program staff is able to discuss current practices by broadline and regional food vendors used by health care facilities related to labeling (symbol or other identifer in print or online ordering systems) and supply of local and sustainable foods. Additionally, there are many advocacy efforts happening across the country and our program staff can connect your institution to the other aggregated purchasing partnerships based on your vendor. Contact Hillary for more information.
  • Educates and activates health professionals - Our program connects clinical and public health champions to scientific information while also providing opportunities to engage in the public policy arena. Applications accepted in January 2014 for Ecology Center's 12-month Health Leaders Training.
  • Promotes & disseminates educational opportunities, tools, resources and campaigns - Our program partners with national and Michigan campaigns to support healthcare facilities in engagement and implementation. Through these efforts, there are many educational opportunities, tools and resources to leverage.   >> Read More Here.
  • Advances special projects and promising approaches - Our program staff collaborate with strategic partners to share success stories, best practices and even promising approaches related to healthy, local and sustainable foods system initiatives. Current project topics include fruit & vegetable prescriptions, maternal and infant health, first foods and breastfeeding. >> Read More Here.

 

 

Read more about our staff>>

Hillary M. Bisnett, Healthy Food in Health Care Program Director

339 E. Liberty, Ste 300, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
hillary@ecocenter.org
(734) 369 – 9282

Kathryn L. Savoie, Ph.D., Detroit Community Health Director

4750 Woodward, Suite 307, Detroit, MI 48201
kathryn@ecocenter.org
(313) 733 - 0039

Nicki Milgrom, MPH, Healthy Food in Health Care Organizer

339 E. Liberty, Ste 300, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
nicki@ecocenter.org
(734) 369 - 9279

Alyson Oslin, MPH, RD, Healthy Food Project Coordinator

339 E. Liberty, Ste 300, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
alyson@ecocenter.org
(734) 369 - 9273