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BIG NEWS! Look what's coming to Kansas City in FALL 2020 for the United States, Canada and beyond.


Goals, outputs and outcomes:

Aligning with the goal of the Food Policy Network project to build the capacity of food policy councils and similar groups to improve the food system through public policy, the goals of this conference are to:

  • Generate content for the conference that is informed by and features food policy councils and similar groups working in the field

  • Create a space for individuals and groups from urban and rural areas, new to policy or seasoned advocates, community organizers and policymakers, youth, farmers and farm workers and people of all ethnic, religious and political affiliations to learn, collaborate and grapple with relevant policy issues

  • Enable more communities and regions to meet their food system goals by providing networking, training, skills-building, and resource-sharing

  • For attendees to recognize and apply systems thinking as a core concept to shape the internal structure and functioning, and the external policy work of an FPC

  • Identify local and state strategies to address emergent policy issues that intersect with the food system, such as climate change, immigration, and supply-side challenges

  • Foster relationships and opportunities for collaboration between FPCs and similar groups working in a region or state

  • Foster greater understand of the value of food policy councils and ability of attendees to elevate the value of their work to funders

John Hopkins Center

for a Livable Future

Karen Bassarab
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Karen Bassarab
Senior Program Officer, Food Communities & Public Health

John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Karen is a senior program officer with the Food Communities and Public Health Program, primarily responsible for managing the Food Policy Network project, a national resource hub for local and regional councils from across the United States and Canada. Karen enjoys the dynamic work of this role to support the development of lasting policy solutions that account for regional environmental, political and cultural variations, and can affect all aspects of the food system.