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Food Matters: A Clinical Education and Advocacy Training

December 2, 2011
Portland, Oregon

What we eat profoundly impacts the health of individuals, our communities, and the environment. Obesity, diabetes, malnutrition, childhood cancer and other chronic diseases are the costly consequences of our current consumption patterns, both in terms of human well-being and healthcare expenditures. The present model of clinical education does not place emphasis on a prevention based approach and excludes a thorough understanding of the impact of our food system on human health.

The Food Matters training for physicians, nurses, dietitians and other maternal/child healthcare professionals will review the obesity and western disease epidemic and links to the current science around exposures to environmental toxicants within our food system and the impacts of these exposures on pediatric, reproductive and ecological health. The Food Matters program is a comprehensive package to encourage hospitals and healthcare professionals to become leaders and advocates for a food system that promotes public and environmental health.

When: Friday, December 2nd, 2011, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Where: Mercy Corps Action Center, Aceh Room (45 SW Ankeny Street Portland, Oregon 97204)

Registration:  $50/professional, $30/student (includes sustainable lunch)


Developed by Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Health Care Without Harm, San Francisco Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility, and University of California's San Francisco's Program on Reproductive Health and Environment.

Jointly Sponsored by Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and Northwest Permanente, Department of Clinical & Leadership Education.

Speakers Include:

  • Ted Schettler, MD, Science and Environmental Health Network
  • Martin Donohoe, MD, Kaiser Permanente
  • David Wallinga, MD, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
  • Jenny Pompilio, MD, MPH, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Sandra Kelly, RD Kaiser Permanente
  • Keith Bachman, MD, Kaiser Permanente
  • Emma Sirois, MS, Program Director, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • David McIntyre, Art Institute of Portland Intl Culinary School, Portland/ Multnomah County Food Policy Council
  • Rachael Banks, Program Supervisor, Multnomah County Health Department, Communities Putting Prevention to Work Program
  • Michele Knaus, Executive Director, Friends of Family Farmers
  • Beth Cohen, MURP,  Public Policy Advocate, The Oregon Food Bank
  • Stacey Sobell, M.P.H., Farm to School Program Manager, Ecotrust

Download the event flyer or go here for more information, or contact Emma Sirois at 503-780-9859 or Gretchen Miller at 503-475-6256.

At the conclusion of this activity the learner will be able to:

  • Describe an ecological approach to addressing nutritional and environmental exposures throughout the lifecycle.
  • Describe the clinician’s role in developing a healthier food system through advocacy efforts with patients and their families, within health care facilities to create healthier food service operations, and within the community to promote policies that support the development of a healthy, fair and accessible food system.
  • Engage in various regional efforts across the Portland metro area to encourage healthier food environments, increase access to local foods, reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, etc.
  • Identify the key themes of the day and an understanding of how to engage as advocates. 

Accreditation Statements:

This activity has been planned and implemented through the joint sponsorship of The Northwest Permanante (NWP) Department of Clinical and Leadership Education (CLE), Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility. NWP CLE, accredited by the Oregon Medical Association, designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Nursing Education Credit Pending

Disclosure Policy:

Northwest Permanente asks all individuals involved in the development and presentation of continuing medical education activities to disclose all relationships with commercial interests. This information is disclosed to participants.Northwest Permanente Department of Clinical and Leadership Education has procedures to resolve any apparent conflict of interest. All information is provided for educational purposes only.

To request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please notify Emma Sirois in writing as soon as possible.