Sessions & Workshops

Monday, October 29

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

PRE-CONFERENCE (included in the cost of registration)
Active Living Programs: What Does it Take to Inspire and Sustain a Culture of Physical Activity?

John Cock, ALTA Planning + Design
What does it take to inspire and sustain a culture of physical activity? Based on our experience designing, developing, and implementing biking and walking programs across the country, Alta will lead a session focused on what it takes to develop local bike/walk programs, how to identify and engage community volunteers in the launch of programs, and strategies for evaluating program success. The session will engage audience members in discussion around the role of various community partners, including Health Department staff, advocates, local government staff, school district staff, and others.

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM


PRE-CONFERENCE (included in the cost of registration)
Live Healthy South Carolina: The South Carolina State Health Improvement Plan

Barbara Grice, MSPH, MCHES and Suzanne Sanders, MPH, MCHES; SC Department of Health & Environmental Control
Live Healthy South Carolina provides a framework for building partnerships across healthcare, public health, and community sectors, sharing data to establish priorities for health improvement and aligning resources whenever possible.
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM


PRE-CONFERENCE (included in the cost of registration)
Local Policy Change: How to Make It Happen

Phil Ford, Eat Smart Move More South Carolina
Learn how to successfully advocate for local policies and ordinances in your community.
Ignite: Getting Your Coalition or Partnership Fired Up for Change
Fran Butterfoss, PhD, MSEd, President, Coalitions Work
Health professionals and community partners often feel burned out by working harder, not smarter to accomplish organizational or community goals related to promoting healthy eating and active living. They may be frustrated by difficulties in recruiting and retaining diverse and active partners, finding sustainable financial and material resources, resolving conflict and making decisions or creating effective strategic/action plans. This session will focus on 4 stages of building coalitions: Before You Build It; Build It; Make it Work; and Sustain It! It will cover the structure and processes that coalitions and partnerships need to manage themselves; develop their staff, members, and leaders; plan and carry out effective strategies; evaluate what they do; and sustain themselves long enough to accomplish their goals.
FitnessGram and the Whole Child Model: Improving Students Health and Learning
Erica Ayers, MPH, CHES and Lynn Hammond; SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
This session will provide an overview of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model and the 2016-17 state-level SC FitnessGram data for school-age youth. Participants will learn how the WSCC model can provide a framework for engaging key stakeholders to support student health and academic success.

Community Successes and How to Overcome Challenges: Lessons Learned from Let’s Go! South Carolina Communities

Jessica Cody, ESMM York County and Shawn Putnam, City of Camden
York and Kershaw counties were two of six communities funded through the Let’s Go! South Carolina Initiative, a three-year initiative focusing on evidence-based policy, systems, and/or environmental (PSE) change approaches to healthy eating and active living. The speakers will discuss successes in two different communities, and how to overcome challenges that were presented along the way. Participants will hear two perspectives on how to be successful and how to overcome challenges. 

Follow the App! From Application to Appetizer: Increasing Resource Access and Promoting Healthy Eating Among SNAP Recipients

Liz Walsh, LMSW, SC Thrive; Michelle Troup, Foodshare; and Courtney Watson, Foodshare Greenville
Attendees will follow a resident of Columbia, South Carolina, through her journey from food insecurity and chronic disease to financial stability and health. SC Thrive and Foodshare use evidence-based interventions to serve South Carolinians in their journey to stability, food security, and improved health.

Contribution of Green Spaces to Healthy Communities in South Carolina
Morgan Hughey, PhD, MPH, College of Charleston; Ellen W. Stowe, MPH, USC; and Andrew T. Kaczynski, PhD, USC
Parks and green spaces are critical elements of the built environment infrastructure that can promote population-level physical activity for individuals across the lifespan. This presentation will describe three community-based studies conducted in South Carolina and discuss how these findings can continue to improve health for communities in our state.

How to Develop Healthy Food Opportunities Within Your Community: Opening a Grocery Store in a Food Desert
Timothy C. Waters, Elijah Craig, LLC
One of the primary causes of food insecurity in low-income areas is inaccessibility to full-service supermarkets. This was the case in Florence, South Carolina. Fresh food access is crucial to both the physical health of community residents and the economic health of the neighborhood itself. Recruiting supermarkets into historically underserved areas is challenging. In spite of the many assumptions and challenges when developing a new store, a common theme that most developers miss is that successful grocery store projects in previously underserved areas often prove to be more profitable than the average grocery store.

Increasing Healthy Food Access in Community Venues
Anna Young, MPH, Candra Riley, MPH, and Angela Rogers; SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
From 2016-2018, SC Farm to Institution, SC Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC) Regional Health Educators, and community partners have worked together to increase the amount of healthy fresh, frozen, or canned fruits and vegetables sold in locally-owned convenience stores and distributed in food pantries across South Carolina through the Farm to Retail and Farm to Food Bank pilot initiatives. During this presentation, participants will learn more about Farm to Food Bank and Farm to Retail strategies, how to incorporate local, fresh food into food access strategies, and resources available to help strengthen current or future community-led food access initiatives.

Agony and Ecstasy: Building a Trails Organization in a Rural County
Donald Walker, MBA, Laurens County Trails Association
Outdoor recreation availability is key to promoting a healthy lifestyle. With limited resources and significant challenges, the all-volunteer Laurens County Trails Association was created to plan and develop non-motorized trails. This presentation will describe how that was done and will help participants relate that experience to their own situation.

Identifying: Addressing Food Insecurity in a Higher Ed Setting
Jackie Knight Wilt, MPH, CHES and Dianna Colvin, MPH, MSW, CHES; Healthy Carolina, USC
This session will highlight the current scope, and contributing factors, of food insecurity among college students. The presenters will share ways to identify and address signs of food insecurity including a collaborative on-campus food pantry, referrals to nutrition financial assistance programs and training for key partners to make referrals.

Engaging Faith-Based Communities for Evidence-Based Programs: Effective Engagement Strategies and their Application
Vernon L. Kennedy Sr., MA, CSPS, ICPS, Fairfield Behavioral Health Services and Sara Wilcox, PhD, USC Prevention Research Center
Many health-related agencies and coalitions strive to engage faith-based communities but have difficulty gaining access. This presentation will describe key strategies for engaging churches, how these strategies were applied to enroll and sustain churches in a physical activity and healthy eating program, and commonly perceived barriers and facilitators to implementation.

Promoting Health Through Policy Systems and Environmental Change: Examples from the Rural South
Brenda Hughes, MPH and Felicia Veasey, MHA; South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
Environmental, system and policy change are effective in addressing chronic disease and health disparities but should be considered in the context of community capacity. Evidence-based tools based on theoretical models (i.e. Community Based Participatory Research, Socio-Ecological Model) among others, can be utilized to develop interventions and promote health equity.

Tuesday, October 30

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Reclaiming and Rebuilding Your Built Environment
Amy Johnson-Ely and Corrine Reed, MSW; Palmetto Cycling Coalition
Taking action to reclaim and rebuild your built environment can be a daunting task. How do I get started? What channels do I need to go through? Where do I get funding? Collaborate with your colleagues and the staff of Palmetto Cycling Coalition to turn your goals into an action plan.

The Influence of School Wellness on Population Health
Beth Barry, MPH, MCHES, Alliance for a Healthier Generation; Juanita Bowens, Ph.D., RD, SNS, SC Department of Education; Erica Ayers, MPH CHES, SCDHEC, and Courtney Hensch, MS, RDN, LDN, MUSC Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness
School districts are frequently major county employers with significant influence on the health of employees, students, and their families. Districts participating in USDA meal programs are required to meet expanded wellness policy requirements. Learn about the required components, opportunities for community stakeholder engagement and evidence-based resources to support effective implementation.

Bridging the Gap in Forever Widening Times: The Role of Youth in Advocating for Healthier Communities
Calvin Whitmire, Bridging the Gap Advocacy
This session will review the process that Bridging the Gap used to engage youth advocates in community change. Since 2015, the Youth Team has successfully worked on projects such as advocacy for a flashing light and signage, renovating a local ballfield, and establishing a community garden. Join Bridging the Gap’s Executive Director, as he shares how the afterschool program was able to overcome challenges, such as limited resources, to change their community. There are many gaps in our society; however, there are also many bridges. When used effectively, we can use those bridges to close gaps!

Tools for Telling Your Coalition Story
Dr. Kelli Kenison, USC Core for Applied Research Evaluation; Lesley Leake, MPH, CHES, USC Core for Applied Research and Evaluation; and Kelsey Allen, MPH, CHES, ESMMSC
Have you ever struggled to explain what your coalition has been able to accomplish and why it matters? Once you’ve implemented a project or strategy, how do you show its impact? Evaluation can be intimidating to think about, but in its most simplified form, evaluation answers these exact questions. The Let’s Go South Carolina evaluation team and ESMMSC staff will present strategies and tools that coalitions can use to measure their own capacity and the impact their work has on the community.

Race Equity and Inclusion: Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Culture within Your Community Coalition
Saundra A. Ligon, SC Human Affairs Commission; Chynna A. Phillips, MSW, MPH, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina; and Jennifer Gunter, PhD, SC Collaborative on Race and Reconciliation
During this session, panelists representing the Race Equity and Inclusion Learning Collaborative will share examples of how their organizations are moving towards achieving equity. Oftentimes we have visions and plans for equity; however, moving beyond those visions and plans can be challenging. Whether you are establishing an understanding or assessing policies, let’s explore a range of ways you can move towards equity!

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP): Simple Solution to Help Families Eat Smart and Move More
Tarana Khan, PhD and Michelle Parisi, PhD, RD; Clemson Extension
Obesity, poor nutrition and limited physical activity are major health concerns facing our country. Learn how the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) offered by Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service assists limited resource families and youth in improving health and well-being through improved food choices and physical activity engagement.

Community Gardens as a Tool in Building a Community Coalition
Jennie Peze, City of Florence
Interest in healthy food and active living is changing for the better in Florence, and the City is helping make that happen. Using a wide variety of tools, City and its community have worked together to improve what residents and visitors have available to support their healthy living preferences. The new garden-building project is both an indicator and a tool for this cultural shift.

Creating Active Community Environments in South Carolina: A Grassroots Guide
Kelly Kavanaugh, MPH, CHES, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
The Grassroots Guide provides a framework for creating active community environments in South Carolina. Participants will learn: what an active community environment is, a five phase-phase process for planning and implementing built environment projects, and additional tools, resources, and funding opportunities that are available to communities.

Building an Effective Coalition
Sally Wills, MPH, LiveWell Greenville
Building a coalition and advocating for healthy eating and active living requires primarily one resource: time. Come learn how to build, enhance and/or improve your coalition’s effectiveness.

Viewing Health in 3D: Determinants, Disparities, and Data
Amanda Metzger, MPH, Summerville Family YMCA; and Amy Splittgerber, Med, SC Alliance of YMCAs
Join this session to learn about the social determinants of health and the disparities that exist between communities in SC. Learn how YMCAs across the state are addressing these barriers to better serve South Carolinians while discovering how factors like neighborhood and physical environment, education, and food affect health outcomes.