Foodscape Innovation™ Summit

Building Bridges for Nutrition Security and Health Equity

June 15, 2021

9:00 am – 12:30 pm CDT

Kroger is proud to support the American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good™ initiative.

The Annual Foodscape Innovation Summit is an essential part of the American Heart Association’s food systems work in support of health equity. The goal of the Summit is to explore data-driven, collaborative approaches to ensuring nutrition security for all.

As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality. In that spirit, this year’s Summit will focus on building bridges for nutrition security and health equity.

HOSTED BY:


Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Chief Medical Officer for Prevention

American Heart Association

Dr. Eduardo Sanchez serves as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Prevention for the American Heart Association (AHA). He is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the National Hypertension Control Initiative (NHCI), a control cooperative agreement with the federal Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). He is the AHA clinical lead on Target:BP (a joint blood pressure control initiative with the American Medical Association) and KnowDiabetesbyHeartTM (a joint cardiovascular risk factor control initiative with the American Diabetes Association). He is one of the authors of the AHA Presidential Advisory on Structural Racism and its health effects. Prior to joining AHA, he served as Vice President and CMO for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), and before that, he served as director of the Institute for Health Policy at the University of Texas (UT) School of Public Health. Dr. Sanchez served as Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services from 2004 to 2006 and Commissioner of the Texas Department of Health from 2001 to 2004. He has served on numerous health-related boards and advisory committees at the local, state and national levels. Dr. Sanchez obtained his M.D. from the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, an M.P.H. from the UT Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, and an M.S. in biomedical engineering from Duke University. He holds a B.S. in biomedical engineering and a B.A. in chemistry from Boston University. Dr. Sanchez is board certified in family medicine.

NATIONAL SPONSOR:


Marc R Watkins, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Kroger Health
The Kroger Co.

 Dr. Marc Watkins, MSPH, FACOEM is the Chief Medical Officer of Kroger Health, the healthcare arm of The Kroger Co., which comprises more than 2,200 pharmacies in 37 states and Washington D.C., more than 220 locations of The Little Clinic in nine states, as well as 11 specialty pharmacies across the country. Working with a cross functional team of pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dietitians, and technical care providers, he helps to develop the strategic direction and overall clinical program initiatives for our providers and delivers clinical guidance for associate benefit design. He is also responsible for regulatory and accreditation requirements, maintaining a comprehensive suite of high-quality care for patients. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, he has also advised the company on its response, including testing and vaccination efforts.

Dr. Watkins joined Kroger in 2015 as Vice President and Medical Director of The Little Clinic. In August of 2018 he was promoted to Chief Medical Officer of Kroger Health. Prior to joining Kroger, he spent six years with Concentra Health Services in various physician leadership roles, providing strategic, operational, and clinical program development to major employers across the country.

Dr. Watkins is a fellow of the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. He served five years active duty in the Navy as Senior Medical Officer and twice received the Navy Commendation Medal.

Dr. Watkins graduated with a Bachelor or Arts in philosophy from Holy Cross and received his M.D. and Master of Science in public health from Meharry Medical College, a historically black medical school.

He splits his time between Nashville and Cincinnati and lives with his wife, six nephews, and two cats. He enjoys golf and traveling.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:


Sara Bleich, PhD.

Senior Advisor for COVID-19, Office of the Secretary

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Previously, Bleich served as a Professor of Public Health Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research centers on preventing food insecurity and diet-related disease as well as racial injustice within the social safety net. She is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications. From 2015-2016, she served as a White House Fellow in the Obama Administration, where she worked in USDA as a Senior Policy Advisor for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services. Bleich holds a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia University.

SPEAKERS:


Noel E Anderson, PhD

Managing Partner
Mosaic Food Advisors LLC

President
Institute of Food Technologists


Dr. Noel Anderson is managing partner of Mosaic Food Advisors LLC which helps start-up companies in the food and beverage arena succeed in the market place.

Ujwal Arkalgud

CEO

MotivBase


Ujwal is an award-winning cultural anthropologist and a pioneer in the field of digital ethnography and the study of implicit and symbolic meaning using the internet.

Jessica Donze Black, RD, MPH

National Vice President of Community Health
American Heart Association


Jessica Donze Black is the National Vice President of Community Health for the American Heart Association where she works with communities across the country collaborating to achieve improved health and wellbeing.

Jennifer Bushman

Strategic Development Officer
Kvaroy Arctic


For more than a decade, Jennifer Bushman has worked in sustainable aquaculture building programs such as Kvaroy Arctic, Riverence Trout, Pacifico Aquaculture, Verlasso Salmon, Love the Wild, Blue Ocean Mariculture, Fair trade USA Fish and Seafood and many more.

Hildreth England, RDN

Director, Communications & Special Projects

MIT Media Lab


Hildreth is designer and dietitian whose practice sits at the intersection of technology, social justice and co-design at the MIT Media Lab. She’s spent the last fifteen years leading

Raymond U Guthrie

Managing Director
American Heart Association


Raymond U. Guthrie is the Managing Director of the American Heart Association’s Impact Investment Group. Over his career, Raymond has lived and worked in over seven different countries

Deanna Belleny Lewis MPH, RDN

Assistant Director, Health Systems Transformation
Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care

Co-Founder
Diversify Dietetics


Deanna Belleny Lewis is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Public Health Practitioner currently living in Hartford Connecticut. She is the co-founder of Diversify Dietetics, a non-profit organization

Ruth Petersen, MD, MPH

Director – Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Ruth Petersen serves as the director of CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO). The Division provides national leadership on nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention through policy

Tia M. Rains, PhD

Vice President Customer Engagement & Strategic Development
Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America, Inc.

Chair, Industry Nutrition Forum
American Heart Association


Tia M. Rains, PhD, is Vice President of Customer Engagement & Strategic Development for Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America, a global food company and leader in the research and application of amino acids.

Sylvia B. Rowe

President
SR Strategy, LLC

Adjunct Professor
University of Massachusetts Amherst & Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy


Sylvia Rowe is currently president of SR Strategy which addresses the science to communications to policy continuum on a broad range of global food system issues including agriculture, food, nutrition and sustainability. 

Natily Santos, MBA

Vice President Specialty Supply Chain, Global Supply Chain & Procurement
Aramark & Avendra Group


Natily Santos is a management leader with over 15 years of experience and a proven record of creating value in sales, operations, and supply chain functions.  

Tambra Raye Stevenson, MPH

Founder and CEO
Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture (WANDA)


Named a 2020 Changemaker in the Food System by Washington City Paper, Tambra serves as the visionary leader of WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture to

Cheryl Toner, MS, RDN

Portfolio Lead, Nutrition
American Heart Association


Cheryl Toner is the Portfolio Lead for Nutrition & Food System Strategy for the American Heart Association (AHA). She engages public and private collaborators to foster prioritization of

Jonathan Webb

Founder and CEO

AppHarvest


Kentucky native Jonathan Webb is the founder and CEO of AppHarvest, an AgTech company that is building a resilient food system through a network of large-scale, high-tech indoor farms

SCHEDULE:


9:00 AM

Welcome

Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Chief Medical Officer for Prevention, American Heart Association

9:05 AM

Keynote PresentationPromoting nutrition security at USDA during COVID and beyond

Sara Bleich, PhD

Senior Advisor for COVID-19, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

9:30 AM

Food System Innovation Vignettes

Moderator: Tia M. Rains, PhD, Vice President Customer Engagement & Strategic Development, Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America, Inc. & Chair, Industry Nutrition Forum, American Heart Association

Four food system stakeholders will present 5-minute vignettes that highlight successes and lessons learned. A moderated group discussion with audience Q&A will follow.

  • How Agricultural Technology Feeds the Future: Expanding Access to Healthy Foods & Promoting Environmental and Economic Sustainability, Jonathan Webb, Founder and CEO, AppHarvest
  • The Future of Food Is Female: Her Name is WANDA, Tambra Raye Stevenson, MPH, Founder and CEO, Women Advancing Nutrition, Dietetics and Agriculture
  • Farmed salmon feeding practices for nutritional and environmental impact, Jennifer Bushman, Strategic Development Officer, Kvarøy Arctic
  • Advancing Communities and Local Economic Impact through Supplier Diversity, Natily Santos, MBA, Vice President Specialty Supply Chain, Global Supply Chain & Procurement, Aramark & Avendra Group 

10:20 AM

A Conversation with the American Heart Association and Kroger Health: The convergence of COVID-19, obesity, and nutrition security as a window for opportunity

Moderator: Jessica Donze Black, RD, MPH, National Vice President, Community Health, American Heart Association

Marc R Watkins, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Kroger Health, The Kroger Co.

Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Chief Medical Officer for Prevention, American Heart Association

10:40 AM

Break to Move More

10:50 AM

Panel: Cultivating a Food System Grounded in Health Equity

Moderator: Cheryl D Toner, MS, RDN, Portfolio Lead, Nutrition, American Heart Association

Speakers will present insights into the consumer or public served by the food system and the roles of food production and distribution, communications/ media technology, and healthcare providers in collaborating to cultivate a food system grounded in health equity.

  • What does health equity really mean to people? Ujwal Arkalgud, CEO, MotivBase
  • The Role of Food Production & Distribution, Noel E Anderson, PhD, Managing Partner, Mosaic Food Advisors & President, Institute of Food Technologists
  • Structuring Structures: Designing equitable digital food environments, Hildreth England, RDN, Director, Communications & Special Projects, MIT Media Lab
  • The Role of Healthcare and Providers, Deanna Belleny Lewis MPH, RDN, Assistant Director, Health Systems Transformation at Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care & Co-Founder, Diversify Dietetics

11:35 AM

Break to Move More

11:45 AM

Panel: Building Bridges Across Systems and Sectors

Moderator: Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Chief Medical Officer for Prevention, American Heart Association

Panelists will explore the tensions inherent in collaboration across systems and sectors, and the exponential opportunity for sustainability and impact when those tensions are acknowledged and addressed.

  • Ruth Petersen, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Raymond U Guthrie, Managing Director, Bernard J. Tyson Fund & AHA Social Impact Fund, American Heart Association
  • Sylvia B Rowe, President, SR Strategy, LLC and Adjunct Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst & Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

12:20 PM

Closing Remarks

A synthesis of the presentations and discussion will wrap up the meeting.

Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Chief Medical Officer for Prevention, American Heart Association