West Texas Hunger Summit

Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty & The Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health Present
Together at the Table
West Texas Hunger Summit
"Hunger and Health"
March 2, 2023
Education Service Center - Region XV
San Angelo, TX
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Registration Fee of $10+tax includes lunch

Knowing that what we eat has a direct correlation to our health, the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty and the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health have chosen the topic of “Hunger and Health” for our 10th annual West Texas Hunger Summit. Texas is the 6th hungriest state in the United States with a food insecurity rate 32% higher than the national average. We want to explore what we can do about this important issue. We are excited to have Francine Blinten, a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, from Old Greenwich, Connecticut as our keynote speaker. Ms. Blinten has a private practice and is a consulting nutritionist to the Connecticut Mental Health Center in a joint partnership with Yale University. She will be addressing the issue of food insecurity as it relates to vulnerable populations and as it pertains to multiple health consequences. She will be sharing methods for food insecurity screening in our doctor’s offices and medical facilities as well as other non-profit organizations and will also address the mental challenges related to food insecurity. We will be offering nursing continuing professional development hours for the Summit. Shannon Medical Center is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by New Mexico Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This activity awards 2.25 contact hours.

We believe that nutrition education is another way we can make a difference. We have invited leadership from CHEF, whose mission is rooted in the belief that food is medicine. CHEF is a Culinary Health Education Program that teaches children and families basic nutrition and practical cooking skills, with the long-term goal of driving healthy eating habits in our community.” Dr. Dinah Cummings and Jessica Theimer will follow with additional nutrition tips.

We will conclude the day with a "smorgasbord” of best practice ideas that our attendees will be able to take back to their organizations or communities and implement.

We invite you to join us as we gather “Together at the Table!

For more information, email Mary_Herbert@baylor.edu or call (325) 656-4170.