HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic

Helping Municipal Leaders Create Healthy, Prosperous Communities

The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities & Towns Campaign provides free training and technical assistance to municipal leaders to adopt policies that make it easier for residents to eat better and move more.

The HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign is an initiative of The Institute for Public Health Innovation in partnership with the Maryland Municipal League and the Virginia Municipal League. 

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Webinar: Food Policy and Regional Food Systems: Opportunities for Networking across Jurisdictions

Sponsored by the Institute for Public Health Innovation and Johns Hopkins Center for a Liveable Future.

Where does your local food policy council fit within the regional food system? Would you like to play a stronger role in both your locality and at a regional level but not sure how? Functioning with limited resources and volunteer members, it can often be easiest for a food policy council to concentrate locally. By understanding the role of local food policy councils within the context of a regional food system, groups can network across geographies to maximize impact and effectiveness of policy changes.During this webinar, expert panelists will address a number of big picture questions local food policy councils have about regional food systems, including:

  • The role of local food policy councils within a regional network
  • When is it beneficial to connect across a region
  • How to determine your “region” and what to do when definitions vary
  • Best practices and challenges to organizing and building regional networks, including resources and infrastructure needed

These issues will be addressed to show participants how networking across jurisdictions can positively influence food system change. The webinar will also include time for participant Q&A.


Michael Dimock, President, Roots of Change

Rich Pirog, Senior Associate Director, Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University

Kathy Ruhf, Senior Fellow, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

With closing remarks from:

Mark Winne, Senior Advisor to the Food Policy Networks Project at the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future.


Food policy council coordinators and members, policy-makers, members of the local and regional food system and food system advocates