Call for Proposals

The Summit Planning Committee invites proposals for breakout presentations during the Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities, October 29, 2019, at the Florence Center in Florence, SC. Breakout sessions are designed to provide best practices and resources for attendees to use in their work to reduce obesity and chronic disease in their communities.

The goal of ESMMSC and our partners is to create communities where everyone has access to healthy affordable foods and safe places to be active. This happens through an approach that prioritizes policy, systems, and environmental changes to create lasting, healthy changes where we live, learn, work, play, and pray. This work matters because the choices we make are influenced by the choices that we have and for many in our state healthy choices are limited and difficult to access.

You can make a difference! Presenting at the ESMMSC Leadership Summit is a great opportunity to share your work as well as meet, interact, and network with other leaders in the state advocating for healthy eating and active living.

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Summit Breakout Session Presentation Overview

The Planning Committee is soliciting proposals that address topics such as:

  • Built Environment
  • Healthy Vending
  • Youth Engagement
  • Local Advocacy/Grassroots Efforts
  • Coalition Building
  • Engaging the Faith Community
  • Food Insecurity and Access
  • Healthy Work Environments
  • Healthy School Initiatives
  • Healthy Out-of-School Initiatives
  • Healthy Early Childhood Initiatives

Your proposal must meet the following criteria:

  1. Proposals that highlight an evidence-based policy, systems, and/or environmental (PSE) change approach to healthy eating, active living, and/or obesity prevention. For more information on PSE changes, click here.
  2. Proposals that explain the process and not just the outcome. Many participants want to learn more about how to implement a strategy and how to overcome challenges and roadblocks.
  3. Proposals that demonstrate how strategies address health disparities and social determinants of health. In South Carolina and across the country, rates of obesity vary significantly by geography, income, race and ethnicity, with obesity rates highest in rural, southern communities and among Blacks, Latinos, and lower-income, less-educated residents.

Each breakout session can have more than one presenter, but the total presentation should be limited to 60 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for Q&A.

Call for Proposals Timeline

April 26: Proposals due by COB

May 10: Notifications of selected proposals emailed to the designated contact person listed in the application

May 24: Confirmation from selected proposals are due

NOTE: This year, registrants can pre-register for breakout sessions. Speakers should be flexible with time slots chosen by staff based on pre-registration data.

If you have any questions, please contact Brandie Freeman at or 803-667-9810, ext. 305.

Complete an RFP Application