Healthy Schools Campaign is excited to announce a new discussion series about the policies, people, funding and conditions that make a healthy school.
Created especially for valued supporters of HSC, this series offers the opportunity to hear directly from school stakeholders and policymakers on current events, and learn how our programs connect with local, state and national issues. The discussions are informative yet informal, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions directly.
Join us throughout the year for insightful conversation as we raise and answer the question, “What Makes a Healthy School?”
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION
The coronavirus pandemic caused massive disruptions to in-person learning — and also focused the nation’s attention on the importance of schools, not only as sites for education but as community anchors that help keep children fed and healthy. The Healthy Schools in Conversation series invites all of us to explore such questions as:
• What a healthy school is, along with how the definition is both altered and elevated during a pandemic when school buildings may be closed.
• The federal policies and local politics that shape how a healthy school is created.
• The effect on students, especially students of color, and their communities when there’s inadequate funding or support to create healthy conditions.
In April 2021, we invited Audrey Rowe, an HSC board member and former Agriculture Department Food and Nutrition Service administrator during the Obama administration, to discuss the complexities of feeding students during COVID-related school closures and the high rates of hunger and food insecurity. She also reviewed the state of school food and healthy nutrition standards after four years of rollbacks, and the policy challenges and opportunities facing the Biden administration and school food service directors.
Sara Porter, HSC vice president of external affairs, discussed the organization’s advocacy priorities and program work on school food policy. The discussion was moderated by Rochelle Davis, HSC president and CEO.