BNMC’s 1st Annual Food As Medicine Symposium

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BNMC’s 1st Annual Food As Medicine Symposium: Harvesting Health 2021 - Catalyzing Adoption of Food As Medicine Interventions in Buffalo, NY

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Saturday, October 16th, 2021 8:30-4:30 EST

Local Food Happy Hour Networking Event to follow at Company B Tasting Room and Market, 1250 Niagara Street 5 pm-7 pm EST



BNMC’s First Annual Food As Medicine Symposium aims to further expand and catalyze the adoption of Food as Medicine programs in the immediate WNY community. National speakers will highlight the three decades of research, policy, and advocacy efforts in building federal support for these highly effective programs. Sessions will feature national and local panelists discussing the importance of clinical-community partnerships, the success of existing programs, the transformation of current medical school curricula, and why food equity must be built into these programs. A cooking demonstration of a medically tailored meal will also be featured.

Our joint keynote "The Critical Role of Research and Advocacy: From Practice to Policy” will feature David Waters, Executive Director of Community Servings in Boston, Massachusetts and Karen Pearl, Executive Director of God’s Love We Deliver in New York City. From delivering thousands of Medically Tailored Meals to publishing research to advocating for policy changes at state and federal levels, David and Karen are driving support for the national Food as Medicine movement. Together they founded the Food Is Medicine Coalition, an association of nonprofit medically tailored food and nutrition service providers focusing efforts on policy, research, and capacity building nationwide.

Following the keynote, participants will attend panels and breakout sessions featuring national and local leaders in the field, including Policy Clinic, Yale School of Medicine, Community Health Centers of Buffalo, Evergreen Health, and GBUAHN. Topics include: Integrating Nutrition in Medical School Education, Using Food as Medicine Interventions to build Food Equity, and The Importance of Clinical and Community Partnerships. Breakout sessions will be facilitated working sessions, offering attendees an opportunity to further investigate these topics and jump into the work. Following the virtual symposium, registered participants are invited to attend an in-person networking event held in Buffalo, NY. Attendees will be notified of any changes for the in-person event pending COVID restrictions.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from national and local leaders in the field on the topics of The Importance of Nutrition in Medical School Education, Food as Medicine Interventions and Food Equity, and The Importance of Partnership and Community. Breakout sessions will offer the opportunity to further investigate these topics. After the virtual symposium, participants can join a networking event in person to cap off the experience.

BNMC’s First Annual Food As Medicine Symposium will provide a space to learn, collaborate and grow adoption of Food As Medicine interventions among local healthcare systems as well as learn from and add to the national movement.

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The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. (BNMC Inc.) is a self-sustaining social enterprise successfully combining innovation, job creation, and urban revitalization. It serves as the umbrella organization of the anchor institutions that make up the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus located within the 120-acre campus bordering Allentown, the Fruit Belt and Downtown. The BNMC Inc. fosters conversation and collaboration among its member institutions, its partners and the community to address critical issues impacting them, including entrepreneurship, energy, access and transportation, workforce and procurement, neighborhoods, and healthy communities, with the goal of increasing economic development and building a strong community.

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