SPEAKERS & WORKSHOP SESSIONS
THURSDAY 10:00AM KEYNOTE
Cultivating interconnection: The power of equity work to catalyze connection
NATALIE S. BURKE, CommonHealth ACTION
A nationally-known speaker, strategist, master facilitator, and public health leader, Natalie S. Burke is President and CEO of CommonHealth ACTION–whose mission is to develop people and organizations to produce health through equitable policies, programs, and practices.
She serves as co-director for the Robert Wood Johnson funded Culture of Health Leaders Program and directs Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Equitable Leadership.
A graduate of the University of Maryland, Natalie has participated in the Emerging Leaders in Public Health Fellowship (University of North Carolina’s Schools of Business and Public Health) and New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service Lead the Way Fellowship for entrepreneurial leaders in the nonprofit sector.
Natalie believes that to alter our collective health destiny, we must change our language; challenge deeply held beliefs about equity in our society and accept the role we each play in the production of the public’s health.
FRIDAY 1:00PM KEYNOTE
It Takes a Village: Facing the challenge of hunger head-on through policy, passion and people
JESSICA HOLMES, Wake County Board of Commissioners
Jessica N. Holmes is a workers’ rights advocate, policy expert, and fighter for fairness and social justice.
Jessica was born and raised in eastern North Carolina. She earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.
In 2014, Jessica became the youngest commissioner ever elected in Wake County’s history. She is currently serving her second term as chair of the Board of Commissioners; her colleagues elected her unanimously.
Jessica has been successful with these key initiatives that support workforce development: increasing access to early childhood development programs, advocating for increased education funding across North Carolina and development of career and technical programs in high schools, and leading a campaign to provide capital funding for our state’s largest community college system, Wake Technical Community College.
16 WORKSHOP SESSIONS
THURSDAY WORKSHOP 1
1:15 – 2:30pm
NASH ROOMS 1-4
I Can See Clearly Now:
How to Use Your Equity Lens
Common Health Action
The Faces of Poverty
in North Carolina
Dr. Gene Nichol,
Boyd Tinsley Professor, University of North Carolina
THURSDAY WORKSHOP 2
2:45 – 4:00pm
NASH ROOMS 1-4
Incorporating Racial Equity Principles
LaShauna Austria (Alamance Food Collaborative),
Sue Perry-Cole and Kendrick Ransome (Just Foods Collaborative), Ashley Heger (Orange County Food Council)
Sonsera Kiger (Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC); Christina Bailey (Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture and the King St. Market, Watauga Food Council)
Accountability and Values in Sustain Community Food Systems Work:
A Funders’ Dialogue
Jen Zuckerman (Duke World Food Policy Center), Sohnie Black (Fund for Democratic Communities); Merry Davis (BCBSNCF); LindaJo Doctor (W.K.Kellogg Foundation); Monica McCann (Resourceful Communities);
FRIDAY WORKSHOP 3
8:30 – 9:45AM
NASH ROOMS 1-4
Ancestral Awakening: Waccamaw Siouan Tribal Healing Greenspace
Mrs. Darlene Graham (Waccamaw Siouan), Mrs. Sue Young-Jacobs (Waccamaw Siouan), Mrs. Jean Brown (Waccamaw Siouan), Randi R. Byrd (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians)
The Financial Realities of Farming
Rural Advancement Foundation International – USA
Reshaping Communities By Grounding the Work of Health Equity into the Community Health Assessment Process
Ann Meletzke (Healthy Alamance, Alamance Food Collaborative) & Zo Mpofu (Buncombe County Public Heath)
FRIDAY WORKSHOP 4
11:15 – 12:30PM
NASH ROOMS 1-4
Race Wealth Gap Simulation
Rosa Saavedra (Bread for the World), LaShauna Austria (Benevolence Farm)
Celebrating Stories of
Moderator Gabrielle Eitienne (Revival Taste Collective), plus a farmer panel
FRIDAY 2:15pm IGNITE PRESENTERS
A fun, exciting series of 5-minute speed presentations highlighting community work.
Healthy Native North Carolinians
Healthy Native North Carolinian Network
Cape Fear Food Council
Food Systems Resilience in the Lower Cape Fear Area
Conetoe Family Life Center
Growing Food for Community Health
Columbia SC Food Policy Committee
Developing Food Policy Recommendations by Hosting Food Gatherings
Food Youth Initiative
ABC2 World Changers
Natalie S. Burke
See past Ignite Presentations