Concurrent Sessions

Tuesday, October 29
Concurrent Session 1

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Eating Healthy on a Budget”: Creating Health Messaging to Reach your Community
Angela Rogers, BA, MS, Community Health Educator, SC DHEC; Pat Laird, Project Coordinator, Dillon County Health Initiative; Tabitha D. James, M.Ed. MBA, Rural Health and Nutrition Agent, Clemson University
Setting: Coalition Capacity Building, Marketing

Videos are a key element in today’s marketing world. People are more likely to watch a video than to read brochures and literature on their health conditions. Learn how RALI-Dillon County and Dillon County Health Initiative (DCHI) produced a virtual Grocery Store Tour and Cooking Demo video series entitled “Eating Healthy on a Budget.” The marketing tools demonstrate how to eat healthy on a budget through smart shopping and smart cooking. Anticipated outcomes are healthier weight and improved health for viewers. In this session, participants will learn about the steps to making a successful health message and skill-building video; strategies to reach the general public, as well as audiences who experience health disparities, with a nutrition education video product; and the challenges of producing a video project.

The Essential Role of Healthy Eating, Active Living Coalitions within Food Policy Council Development across the Carolina
Jared Cates, MSW, Community Mobilizer, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association; Carrie Draper, MSW, Research Associate, University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health
Setting: Food Insecurity & Access, Local Advocacy/Grassroots Efforts

Local food policy councils provide an effective community model to develop equitable food policy. This session will provide a primer on food councils, examples of how healthy eating and active living coalitions have supported their development, and strategies for how coalitions can increase their community impact through a food council approach based in equity. Participants will be able to describe at least two examples of how food policy councils are partnering with healthy eating, active living coalitions; at least one process for getting input from low-income populations to inform the priorities of local food policy councils; and at least two examples of how healthy eating, active living coalitions can advocate for the development of more local food policy councils.

Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity at School
Michelle L. Hayes, Health Teacher, Southside Middle School
Setting: Healthy School Initiatives, Youth Engagement

Promoting health at middle school can be challenging but very rewarding! Come hear lessons learned: gaining administrator and staff support, and the active engagement of students. Utilizing community partners is a “win-win”.

Institutionalizing Healthy and Sustainable Food Culture
Dianna Colvin, MPH, MSW, CHES, Healthy Carolina Initiatives Program Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Rebecca Caldwell, PhD, Director of Strategic Health Initiatives, University of South Carolina
This session will highlight various strategies to overcome challenges when attempting to draft and pass health-related policies. The presenters will share their own experience in creating the University of South Carolina’s Healthy and Sustainable Food policy, as well as practical ways to promote policy,
systems and environmental change in a state agency. Participants will be able to describe the importance of creating policy to shape a healthy environment; identify key partnerships in their own communities and places of business to champion healthy and sustainable food policies, and apply strategies for implementing policy-level interventions.

ADVOCACY TRACK
Advocacy 101: Making Government Work for You
Phil Ford, Manager of Policy and Advocacy, Eat Smart Move More South Carolina; Megan Weis, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, Senior Director of Strategic Engagement, South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health
Setting: Local Advocacy/Grassroots Efforts

Are you interested in learning how to implement a local grassroots advocacy campaign? In this session, participants will learn about government, how government works, and how to make government work for YOU!

Concurrent Session 2

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Engaging Youth as Partners in Healthy Eating and Active Living: A Panel Discussion
Calvin Whitmire, President & Founder, Bridging the Gap Advocacy, Laurens; Melissa Buckner, Adult Advisor, St. Peter’s AME Church, Colleton County; Moderated by: Trimease K. Carter, MSW, Youth Engagement Manager, Eat Smart Move More South Carolina
Setting: Youth Engagement, Engaging Faith Communities
What’s new with the HYPE Project and youth engagement efforts at ESMMSC?   Join us for this session to learn about current HYPE initiatives.  During this session, attendees will also hear how adult advisors, who represent a church, afterschool program and nonprofit, have successfully engaged youth as partners for healthy eating and active living.

Building Multi-Sector Support for Active Community Environments in Lancaster County, South Carolina
Lauren Vincent Thomas, MPH, Project Director, Healthy Communities & Collaborative Learning, University of South Carolina at Lancaster; Steven (Flip) Hutfles, City Administrator, City of Lancaster; Pamela Giardiello, Manager of Business Relations, Rebound Behavioral Health
Setting: Building Partnerships, Coalition Capacity Building, Built Environment

This session is focused on sharing the lessons learned in building public and private support for a variety of active living and built environment policies in the rapidly growing area of Lancaster County, SC. During this session, speakers will share a variety of policy-based strategies we are implementing to increase physical activity opportunities throughout Lancaster County. Speakers will also discuss the challenges of managing both the rural and suburban resident expectations of municipal recreation facilities. Participants will be able to identify at least one evidence-informed strategy that changes the built environment in a local community, learn about the challenges of managing both the rural & suburban resident expectations of municipal recreation facilities, and consider the spectrum of public participation when promoting active community environments.

Grassroots Approaches to Increasing Healthy Food Access in Rural and Low-Income Areas
LaShandra N. Morgan, MPH, Health Educator, SC DHEC; Ashley Page, MSW, Research Associate, University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health
Setting: Community Gardening, Food Insecurity & Access, Youth Engagement, Engaging Faith Communities, Local Advocacy/Grassroots Efforts, Healthy School Initiatives

How can communities increase healthy food access in areas that have limited resources? This peer learning session will highlight the process of how a grassroots community group called Growing COB has been able to successfully increase healthy food access for underserved populations (e.g. rural areas, low-income families, those that suffer from chronic disease, the elderly, racial minority groups, etc.). Growing COB has been able to increase healthy food access through community gardening and leveraging resources from community partners. The presenters will answer the questions of how to get started, how to overcome barriers, how to leverage funds, and how to keep the momentum going. They will also discuss strategies that can be used in community gardens to invoke healthy behavioral changes and reduce chronic disease.

Implementing Nutrition Support Strategies in Health Clinic via the SNAP-Ed Program
Erin Dreyer, MPH, Research Associate, University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health; Carrie Draper, MSW, Research Associate, University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health
Health clinics provide a unique setting for SNAP-Ed programming to reach low-income populations through policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change strategies to increase access to healthy eating. This presentation will focus on describing the technical assistance being provided to build capacity of health clinics to implement, evaluate, and sustain their strategies of interest. Participants will learn how to recruit health clinics for partnership on PSE implementation; learn about the barriers and facilitators to implementing PSE strategies within health clinics, and find out about the methods for evaluating PSE strategies in health clinics.

ADVOCACY TRACK
Statewide Effort to Create Quality in Out of School Time
Meg Stanley, Campaign Coordinator, SC Quality Out of School Time Coalition; Amy Splittgerber, M.Ed., Executive Director, SC Alliance of YMCAs
Setting: Healthy Out of School Time, Local Advocacy/Grassroots Efforts
The best plans often hit bumps in the road to success. Hear from the Out of School Time Coalition about the initiative to increase quality through policy, systems, and environmental changes and not letting bumps become roadblocks during the process. The campaign has had incremental successes and strives for statewide success in 2020 with the legislature. Presenters will share the story of learning how to create scenarios for success when obstacles don’t allow your campaign to follow the plan of your grantor, how to utilize the resources you have, and how to identify the best decision-maker targets.

Concurrent Session 3

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Tour of Florence: Connectivity, Inclusivity, and Food Access
Seating is limited to 60 people! This session begins at 3:00 p.m. and could last longer than 4:30 p.m.
Various City and Community Leaders
Setting: Disability Inclusion, Built Environment, Food Insecurity and Access, Healthy School Environment
Hop on a bus and take a guided tour of everything healthy eating and active living in Florence! The Tour of Florence will make several stops where participants will hop off and walk around an inclusive playground, the new farmer’s market and kitchen, Pee Dee RTA’s bus hub, trail connections, a new grocery store, and a local school garden. Learn how the City of Florence is making food access and physical activity a priority for its residents by implementing strategies that provide increased access for everyone.

Where There’s a Will There’s a Way (to Funding your Trail)
Brent Buice, MA, SC & GA Regional Coordinator, East Coast Greenway Alliance
Setting: Built Environment, Local Advocacy/Grassroots Efforts

Communities in coastal South Carolina have found a wide variety of ways to fund transformative, beloved sections of the East Coast Greenway. Learn how small rural towns and major metropolitan areas have leveraged abandoned rail lines, private philanthropy, Forest Service roads, and federal
transportation dollars to build unique, safe places for physical activity in the Lowcountry. Learn about the options and best practices for developing multi-use paths in your community!

Listening and Learning to Identify Assets and Opportunities in Hampton, Lee, and Marion Counties
Sarah Griffin, MPH, PhD, Associate Professor, Clemson University; Michelle Parisi, PhD, Director of Nutrition and Health Extension Programs, Clemson University
Setting: Coalition Capacity Building, Community Assessment, Built Environment, Food Insecurity & Access

Clemson University Cooperative Extension is collaborating with multiple partners to implement policy, systems and environmental strategies for decreasing obesity rates in three South Carolina counties with adult obesity rates greater than 40%. The goal of this work is to reduce obesity by increasing access to healthy foods and safe places for physical activity. During this session, speakers will describe the assessment processes to identify forces of change, map community assets using ArcGIS, and identify opportunities for change. Additionally, the speakers will describe how assessment findings are used for community planning, advocacy, and evaluation.

Increasing Accessibility in Your Community
Jevettra Gardner, MPH, CHES, Project Manager, South Carolina Disability and Health Project, University of South Carolina
Setting: Disability Inclusion, Built Environment, Local Advocacy/Grassroots Efforts

This presentation will provide an overview of the South Carolina Disability and Health Project at the University of South Carolina and how project leaders are working with communities to increase accessibility for people with disability. Our project focuses on system change and capacity building for individuals with an intellectual disability and mobility limitations; strengthening community partnerships; enhancing health promotion activities related to physical activity and diabetes management; providing technical assistance to health facilities and parks and recreation departments on ADA compliance to name a few. Participants will learn about disability in South Carolina, why inclusivity matters, and how the SC Disability and Health Project can help in making communities more accessible.

The Power of the Pulpit
Margaret Stephens, RN, Program Coordinator, LiveWell Greenville
Setting: Engaging Faith Communities

Engaging faith communities in meaningful ways can be challenging, especially when the goal is creating a culture of health. Finding common ground as it relates to healthy eating and active living is the necessary step to success. Participants will learn about the necessary steps for engaging faith communities in PSE change, the 5-step process used by LiveWell at Worship that guides the PSE process of change, and why relationship building is a necessary step to sustainability.

ADVOCACY TRACK
Health Advocacy Campaigns
Meg Stanley, Campaign Coordinator, SC Quality Out of School Time Coalition; Amy Splittgerber, M.Ed., Executive Director, SC Alliance of YMCAs; Dianna Colvin, MPH, MSW, CHES, Healthy Carolina Initiatives Program Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Rebecca Caldwell, PhD, Director of Strategic Health Initiatives, University of South Carolina; Phil Ford, Manager of Policy and Advocacy, Eat Smart Move More South Carolina; Yarley Steedly, SC Government Relations Director, American Heart Association; Emily O’Sullivan, Working Well Program Manager, South Carolina Hospital Association; Amy Johnson Ely, MS,  SC Livable Communities Alliance and Executive Director, Executive Director, Palmetto Cycling Coalition; Carrie Draper, MSW, Research Associate, University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health; Moderated by Megan Weis, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, Senior Director of Strategic Engagement, South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health
Setting: Local Advocacy/Grassroots Efforts

In this session, each attendee will understand and learn what it’s like to be a public health advocate for national, state, and local issues, such as SNAP Incentives, Complete Streets, Healthy Out of School Time, and other healthy food and physical activity policy topics. Be prepared with questions to ask each panelist!