PHILADELPHIA (March 8, 2011)— A panel of national, regional and local food movement experts will convene on April 4 in Philadelphia to discuss strategic coordination of multi-million dollar investments to address what can be done about diet-related health problems that disproportionately affect Philadelphia's minority and low-income adults and children.

The Health Promotion Council in partnership with the Philadelphia Social Innovation Journal will host Connecting to Philadelphia’s Food System Movement: How Organizations Working Together Can Make a Difference in the Health of Philadelphians from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on April 4 at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia in Center City.

Philadelphia has the second lowest number of supermarkets per capita in the United States causing its most vulnerable citizens to struggle with the economic, social, and health impact of poor access to healthy foods in their neighborhoods. The panel will explore how Philadelphia and its surrounding region can attract even more federal, state and local investments and how best to align its diverse efforts at setting public health policy, implementing prevention strategies, and promoting healthy behaviors.

Come and help shape how multiple agencies, organizations and business working together can continue to make a difference in our health. The event is open to all those interested in the future of our food movement, including policy makers, farmers, restaurateurs, community and school activists and advocates, health professionals, parents, philanthropists, food-related business leaders, corporate CSR executives and academicians. There is no fee for attendance and a complimentary breakfast will be provided. To register, visit

The panelists:

National perspective

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Linda Jo Doctor, Program Director



Philadelphia Department of Health

Nan Feyler, Chief of Staff



St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children

Jan Shaffer, Executive Director



Brown ShopRite

Jeffery Brown, CEO, Owner



Health Promotion Council

Diane-Louise Wormley, Philadelphia Urban Food and Fitness Alliance (PUFFA) Director


Regional perspective

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

Barry Seymour, Executive Director

Details about the event:

When: April 4, 2011

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Where: The College of Physicians

19 South 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where to register:

Parking: Limited street parking is available. The Parkway Corporation lot at 21st and Ludlow, directly behind The College, offers discounted parking between the hours of 9 – 5, Monday through Friday only with a parking slip validated by the front desk.

Public Transit Train/Subway: The College of Physicians of Philadelphia is a five-minute walk from Amtrak’s 30th Street Station and the Market/Frankford line, and one-half block from the subway-surface (trolley) stop at 22nd and Market.

Bus: Bus routes 7, 17, 21, 42, 44 and 48 are within one or two blocks.

Refreshments A complimentary continental breakfast will be provided.

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About the conveners:

The Health Promotion Council is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to promote health, prevent and manage chronic disease, especially among vulnerable populations through community-based outreach, education, and advocacy. HPC’s unique programs have advanced the field of health promotion in Southeastern Pennsylvania and across the state. Established in 1981, HPC became an affiliate of Public Health Management Corporation, a leading public health institute in the region, in 1999.

Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal is the first online publication to bring a public focus to social innovators and their nonprofit organizations, foundations and social sector businesses in the Greater Philadelphia area, to recognize their successes and encourage others around the country to strive for similar results. As a forum for the region’s foremost social innovators, the Journal shares their expertise, strategies and ideas about topics such as leadership, human capital and disruptive innovation.

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia advances the cause of health while upholding the ideals and heritage of medicine. The College strives to enable individuals, families and communities to take greater responsibility for their health; improve the health of the public through service to health professionals; enhance appreciation of the heritage of medicine; and provide information for the development of health policy.

About the sponsors:

Since 1918, The Philadelphia Foundation has linked those with financial resources to those who serve societal needs. The foundation grows the funds established by its donors and distributes grants to effective nonprofit organizations that build healthy communities, strengthen children and families, advance economic opportunities and enhance culture and recreation.

CIGNA Foundation is a private foundation funded by contributions from CIGNA Corporation and its subsidiaries. The CIGNA Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those communities where CIGNA employees live and work.