Learn how economic and infrastructure strategies can reduce obesity and chronic disease by creating more equitable communities. These economically vibrant communities can make good food, opportunities to be active, and preventive healthcare services accessible to all.

The conference will focus on innovative, replicable, and sustainable solutions for healthy community development. Such solutions involve creating jobs/training opportunities, improving employee health and productivity, increasing active living through infrastructure design, and expanding access to preventive healthcare services.

This conference is a networking and partnership development opportunity for multiple sectors: advocates, business and private sector, agencies, practitioners, planners, researchers, and community-based groups.

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Conference Agenda


Registration and Breakfast




Keynote Speaker: Mildred Thompson, Senior Director and Director of the Center for Healthy Equity and Place at PolicyLink [presentation]


Panel: Healthy Food Businesses as a Driver for Health

Jeanne Leccese Program Coordinator for Growing Food Connections Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab  [presentation]

Mitch Gruber, Food Access Programs Manager at Foodlink, Inc.[presentation]

Rebecca Bostwick, Program Director at Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion [presentation]


Investing In Food Retail for Health

Sajan Philip, Program Manager for the NY Healthy Food, Healthy Communities Fund at the Low Income Investment Fund [presentation]


Networking and Poster Session




Healthy Food System, Healthy People, Healthy Economies

Tanya Fields, Executive Director of the BLK ProjeK [presentation]

David Haight, New York State Director of American Farmland Trust


Panel: Community Infrastructure Planning

Fran Gotcsik, Director of Programs and Policy Parks & Trails New York [presentation]

Stephanie David, Assistant Research Professor at the Department of Health Policy, The George Washington University[presentation]

Katrina Kormacher, Director of Community Outreach and Engagement Core, Environmental Health Sciences Center [presentation]


Opportunities for Federal Investments in Healthy Community Development

Jennifer Cribbs, Regional Sustainability Coordinator at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [presentation]

Sabina Pendse, Sustainability and Multimedia Programs at Environmental Protection Agency Region 2




Reducing Health and Economic Disparities through Comprehensive Community Development

Shaquana Divers, Program Manager of Health Engagement and Action for Rochester's Transformation (H.E.A.R.T.)[presentation]

Tracey Capers, Executive Vice President, Programs and Organizational Development at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration [presentation]


Panel: Building a Healthy Workforce

Donya Williams, City Health Works - Director of Operations  [presentation]

Bob Merberg, Wellness Program Manager at Paychex[presentation]

Trish Kazacos, Wegmans Nutritionist [presentation]




2013 Conference Highlights

View Highlights of the 2013 DASH-NY Coalition Conference: Community Partnerships to End Obesity Disparities.


View our Webinars!

Sustainable Partnership Development and Coalition Building Webinar
Part 1- Designing a Strong and Healthy New York through the REDCs: A Case Study of Capital District Community Gardens
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Leveraging Policy for Healthy Food Retail
In this webinar, Karp Resources, a firm with over 20 years experience working with food and agriculture businesses and organizations, will introduce the policy landscape, identify specific policies that can improve and increase healthy food retail.
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Join Part 2 of our 2* Part Webinar on Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs): How they work and how to get involved! Learn more about Funding Opportunities Through the REDC Process!
For our second DASH-NY REDC webinar, a guest speaker from Empire State Development (ESD) will discuss what REDCs are, how to get involved in the REDC process in your region, and how to apply for the next round of funding.
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Date: Monday March 24th, 2014
Place: Hyatt Regency Rochester
125 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604
Tel: +1 585 546 1234

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