December 1, 2022 Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital at Eskenazi Health
Satellite White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health
The Indiana Food is Medicine Symposium will gather medical practitioners and mental health professionals, along with farmers, food service professionals and advocates to learn and discuss food is medicine ideas and initiatives for Hoosier communities.
Connections to federal policy and the recent White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health will ensure attendees are plugged into the ecosystem of policy initiatives taking place. Professional development credits will be given for different groups of practitioners. Food is medicine programs like medically tailored meals, and initiatives such as Produce Rx, and culinary medicine education will be presented. Learn how hospitals, medical providers, patients and community support organizations can engage across the food system to initiate programming.
Social Justice and Public Health: Why a systems level and equity centered approach is critical for public health, from Jill English, Chief of Community Equity and Inclusion, Child Advocates Inc. and Naima Gardner-Rice, Indiana Department of Health
Brent Anderson is practice transformation specialist currently serving as a Practice Coach for the Indiana Department of Health facilitating Primary Care quality improvement work. He provides hands on, on site, technical assistance to State funded Federally Qualified Health Centers, Community Health Centers, Rural Health Centers, hospitals, and various other community partners across the State. Prior to joining IDOH Brent worked as a State Director for a tutoring company implementing quality improvement with standardized testing. Brent also has many years of experience working with health care provider teams in the pharmaceutical and biotech arena. He is a certified Brief Action Planning/Motivational trainer and is certified by the Center for Mind Body Medicine and recently joined their Hoosier Heartland Healing Collaborative Leadership Team here in Indiana. Additionally, he is a certified Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Master Trainer and is certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention.
Jill L. English is a native of Indianapolis and a graduate of DePauw University, where she was the founding president of the first chartered historically black Greek organization at the institution. She began working with abused and neglected children in the 1990s and served in various roles, advocating for the needs of children and families, training foster parents and addressing the needs of traumatized youth, with a focus on understanding diversity and the impact of trauma. Ms. English trained Court Appointed Special Advocates on cultural sensitivity and served as a guardian ad litem for Marion county youth before transitioning to her role as Director of the Interrupting Racism for Children at Child Advocates. Ms. English is a facilitator for Spirit and Place’s Powerful Conversations on Race, Soul Focused Group and Interrupting Racism for Children at Child Advocates. She is a qualified assessor for the Intercultural Diversity Inventory and a certified trainer of Civic Reflection trainers. Ms. English has been a guest speaker on the impact of racism on our children and community for several organizations, including the Indiana CASA and Indiana Juvenile Judicial conferences. She is a member of the Equity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competence Committee for the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana and trains individuals on facilitating difficult conversations. Jill currently serves as the Chief of Community Equity and Inclusion at Child Advocates, Inc. She is also the proud mother of two amazing daughters, Ariel and Alexis Cheatham.
Michael Fenster, MD, better known as Chef Dr. Mike, is a board-certified Interventional Cardiologist, Professor of Culinary Medicine, and Professional Chef.
Chef Dr. Mike is a trailblazer in the field of culinary medicine. By combining his culinary talents with cutting-edge medical expertise and evidence-based insights he forges an approach to healthy living beyond mere nutrition or fad diets. He doesn’t believe in setting boundaries when it comes to food. The ideas that healthy food can’t be flavorful, that tasty food can’t be good for you, or that a one-size-fits-all, healthy diet exists are all myths. And, one by one, he is busting those myths. Every person is unique—from their body to their preferences. You don’t need a self-described “health expert” telling you what to eat.
Instead, through the power of Culinary Medicine you will be armed with evidence-backed knowledge on the relationship between your food and your body. You will be able to make decisions that are right for your health and general wellbeing. Chef Dr. Mike isn’t here to judge your habits or your tastes. He’s here to help you learn the truth about food and health so that you have the opportunity to make the best choices for yourself and those you care about. When he’s not in the operating room, teaching Culinary Medicine, or in the kitchen; Chef Dr. Mike spends his free time wandering the beautiful Montana mountains with his lovely wife Jennifer and their pair of pound pups.
“Forget everything you have been told about food and health. It is not about calories. It is not about separation or deprivation. It is about integration and inspiration. I want people to forget about eating healthy and I want them to think about eating delicious.”
Naima Gardner-Rice is the SNAP-Ed and Nutrition Programs Director in the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Indiana Department of Health. There she oversees the statewide SNAP-Education program and works with community partners and stakeholders to improve nutrition environments in a variety of settings (schools, workplaces, communities, retail, etc.). Naima and her team root their nutrition work in a holistic, food systems approach wherein all sectors of the food system (from seed to fork and beyond) are considered and centered in efforts to improve community food security and achieve food justice. Prior to her role at IDOH, Naima was the Campaign Coordinator for Healthy Food Financing for the American Heart Association, a position that allowed her to work in the policy realm to increase equitable access to healthy food throughout the state. Naima holds a Masters in Public Health from Indiana University as well as a Culinary Arts degree from Johnson and Wales University. She worked as a professional chef for several years. Naima is passionate about food and food systems, particularly the ways in which food systems impact public health and social justice. Naima was born and raised in Bloomington, IN (go Hoosiers!) and currently resides in Indianapolis with her husband, two children, and two cats (Kobe and Mamba).
Katie Garfield is the Director of Whole Person Care and a Clinical Instructor at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School. Katie joined the Center in 2014 and currently focuses her work on the Center’s whole-person care initiatives, including the Center’s Food is Medicine project. In her work on these initiatives, she has had the opportunity to work with community-based organizations, state agencies, health care providers, and coalitions to develop strategies to increase access to innovative services such as Food is Medicine interventions. Prior to joining the Center, Katie was an associate at Ropes & Gray LLP. She is a licensed member of the Massachusetts Bar.
Seth L. Grant, CDM, CFPP, LSSBB is the director of food and nutrition and system food strategy for Eskenazi Health, one of America’s largest essential health care systems, located in Indianapolis. Grant has worked at Eskenazi Health since 2012, overseeing foodservice operations, and has helped the organization become a national leader in local procurement and community feeding initiatives. Grant received a degree in communications from Ivy Tech State College/Purdue University, and became a certified dietary manager in 2020, having completed dietary manager training through the University of Florida. He is a longtime ServSafe instructor and proctor for the National Restaurant Association and was certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt by Kaufman Global in 2018. Grant has served on the board of directors for Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana and is highly involved with community feeding organizations throughout the state.
Engaged in patient care, research and teaching for nearly 40 years at nationally recognized Eskenazi Health, Lisa E. Harris, M.D. has dedicated her career to improving health care for vulnerable and underserved populations. Since 2003, Dr. Harris has served as Eskenazi Health’s chief executive officer, leading one of America’s essential health care systems that also serves as a vital training ground for the Indiana University School of Medicine.
With a deep appreciation for the social issues impacting health, Dr. Harris is intensely focused on promoting health in all its dimensions and improving access to patient-focused, comprehensive and community-based primary and mental health care. As past chair of America’s Essential Hospitals (formerly the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems), and in numerous related efforts, Dr. Harris has served as a steady advocate for equity in the opportunity of good health and health care. Also an active and engaged leader in the local community, Dr. Harris serves as past chair of the board of directors and current board member of the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis, as well as on the boards of directors for the Regenstrief Institute, Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety, United Way of Central Indiana, MESH (Managed Emergency Surge for Healthcare), Gleaners, Second Helpings, the American Pianists Association, Phoenix Theatre, Martin University, and the Board of Advisors for IUPUI.
Lorna Kirsch O’Connell is a registered dietitian with a BS in Dietetics and a Masters in Community Health and Education from Southern Illinois University. Presently, Lorna is the Executive Director of the Indiana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, our state affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.This position creates the opportunity to be an advocate for health and wellness initiatives and professionals at both the state and national level.A variety of opportunities opened the door to numerous experiences as a clinician in long term and acute care, as adjunct faculty for the University of Evansville, and extensive leadership experience in hospital administration.In recent years, certification as a health coach and senior fitness specialist have met Lorna’s career requirements for life-long learning. An introduction to Meals on Wheels as a provider through Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, in 1988, led to participation and community board membership in Vanderburgh, Vigo, and Marion Counties in Indiana.Lorna has been involved from that year forward, and continues participation with her current local program through support of meal delivery in Montgomery Co.
Brent Ling, Director of External Affairs at Wholesome Wave strives to increase quality life years, eliminate disparities, and improve low-income consumers' experience with the healthcare system throughout the United States. He works to accomplish these goals through methodical integration of the innovative fruit & vegetable prescription model into healthcare operations using value-based care payments as well as close engagement with policymakers and healthcare providers.
Mr Ling is an advocate for health in all policy and a strong supporter of open and accessible government structures — this belief is rooted in over a decade of experience as a social-benefit small business owner, manager, investor and front-line worker. A longtime resident of the District of Columbia, Brent is a graduate of the schools of public health at Johns Hopkins and Indiana University. He is an active member and supporter of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science, and the National Produce Prescription Collaborative and has been published in leading academic journals on topics of health and policymaker engagement.
Melissa Mitchell has grown alongside HealthLinc since 2008 as she has assumed multiple roles including Chief Information Officer, Chief Operating Officer and now the current position of Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer.
Melissa’s current responsibilities at HealthLinc include leadership and strategy execution of operations and the innovation of projects and technologies.
She is a graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and has a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Management from Western Governors’ University. In 2014, she graduated from the Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program at UCLA.
In 2020, Melissa was inducted into the Northwest Indiana IN Business 20 Under 40 class. She also received her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification from Purdue University.
She currently serves as Chair for the (NACHC) National Association of Community Health Centers and Intergy user group. She spends her free time with her husband and three children enjoying the outdoors and traveling.
Barbara Morris is the former CEO of Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana and Partners in Nutrition Indiana. During her time at MOWCI, she was a board member of Indy Hunger Network and now serves on their project committee. She was also an active member of Food is Medicine Coalition and continues to participate in their meetings.
Upon her retirement, Barb joined forces with Eskenazi Health and serves as a Development Consultant in the Food Security department under the Social Determinants of Health Department. Her most recent project has been to assist in developing Eskenazi’s Fresh for You Mobile Market, launching in 2023.
As a practicing psychotherapist, Barb has studied the relationship between food and chronic diseases and mental health since the eighties. Currently she is working to get certification in Integrative Medicine and Nutrition for Mental Health Professionals.
This will be the fourth statewide Food is Medicine Symposium that Barb has helped to organize.
She is the proud “Nana” of two beautiful granddaughters.
Megan Paskey is the Community Food Systems Manager in the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Indiana Department of Health. There she works with community partners to strengthen local and regional food systems across the state to improve nutrition security. This work can include strengthening points along the supply chain, increasing access to farmers markets and other local food hubs, focusing on the intersection of healthcare, and much more. Additionally, Megan oversees the leadership of the Indiana Grown for Schools Network, Indiana’s Farm to School Network, to increase the farm to school activities around the state and support local economies. Megan holds a Master of Public Health from Tufts University and a Master of Nutrition, focusing on Agriculture, Food and the Environment, from Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Megan was raised in the Youngstown, Ohio area and currently resides in Indianapolis with her husband and puppy.
Dr. Ramsey is a board certified psychiatrist, author, and mental health advocate. His work focuses on clinical excellence, nutritional psychiatry, male mental health and creative media. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and founded the Brain Food Clinic, a digital mental health clinical practice offering treatment and consultation for depression, anxiety and emotional wellness concerns. The clinic incorporates evidence-based nutrition and integrative psychiatry treatments with psychotherapy, coaching, and responsible medication management. Using the latest in brain science, nutrition and mental health research, and an array of delicious food, the clinic helps people improve their mental health and mental fitness. His team offered the first Nutritional Psychiatry Clinician Training helping hundreds of mental health clinicians learn the evidence and clinical methods to effectively use nutrition.
He is the author of four booksconcerning food and mental health, including the award-winning cookbook Eat Complete: The 21 Nutrients that Fuel Brain Power, Boost Weight Loss and Transform Your Health (HarperWave 2016), the bestseller 50 Shades of Kale(HarperWave 2013) and The Happiness Diet: A Nutritional Prescription for a Sharp Brain, Balanced Mood and Lean, Energized Body (Rodale 2011) which explores the impact of modern diets on brain health.
Dr. Ramsey is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He completed his specialty training in adult psychiatry at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, received an M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Earlham College. He lives with his wife and two children in New York City and on their organic farm in rural Indiana.
Deanna Reinoso, M.D. is a board-certified pediatrician and lifestyle medicine physician. She currently serves as Medical Director of Social Determinants of Health at Eskenazi Health. Dr. Reinoso attended Indiana University School of Medicine and graduated from Pediatric Residency training in 2002. She lcompleted additional training in 2021 and became a diplomate and board-certified lifestyle medicine physician with the American and International Board of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Reinoso is Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine and co-directs the Riley Hospital for Children Pediatric Residency Community Rotation.
As Medical Director of Social Determinants of Health, Dr. Reinoso works to strengthen and systematize health partnerships and accelerate efforts to improve community health and address disparities in health outcomes. She strives to integrate social needs care into the delivery of health care by addressing social determinants of health such as food insecurity, housing insecurity, safety, financial security, education and access to healthcare. Dr. Reinoso worked with community partners to establish Crooked Creek Food Pantry in 2015 and Indy Urban Acres Farm and other urban gardening efforts at Pecar Health Center in 2017. The Crooked Creek Food Pantry and urban gardening efforts help provide nutritious food options to those in the community who need assistance. Additionally, Dr. Reinoso implemented a “Food is Medicine” multidisciplinary group visit model at Eskenazi Health Center Pecar for individuals with chronic health risk factors and nutrition insecurity. She believes that approaching individuals in a comprehensive, compassionate and holistic manner to address all medical and social needs is essential to the health and well-being of everyone in our community.
Jodee Smith is the Director for Community Engagement for the Sustainable Food Systems Science initiative at Indiana University, Bloomington. Jodee has been active in research, education and outreach in the Indiana food system for ten years in multiple capacities including farming, extension, research and implementation projects. Jodee co-leads the Indiana Value Chain Network and Food Council Network and utilizes an asset-based approach tosupport community-led initiatives to build more equitable local and regional food systems. Jodee earned a B.A. in Botany from the University of Montana and an M.S. in Plant Biology from the University of California, Davis.
Julia Valliant, PhD, MHS is a research scientist with the Indiana University Sustainable Food Systems Science group, Ostrom Workshop, and Food Institute. She trained as a public health researcher with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for a Livable Future, and focuses her work on farm and food policies to build place-based health and food systems. This work includes delivery and evaluation of Food As Medicine strategies.
Dr. Lindsay Weaver joined the Indiana Department of Health as chief medical officer February 3, 2020. She brings to the role a passion for both emergency medicine and end-of-life care.
Dr. Weaver is an assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and practices emergency medicine at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She is board certified in both emergency medicine and hospice and palliative care medicine.
She earned her undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Kentucky and graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She received residency training in emergency medicine and fellowship training in hospice and palliative medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine, and she completed a fellowship in ethics at the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics at Indiana University Health.
She has served as quality director for the department of emergency medicine and physician lead for the system sepsis steering committee at IU Health. She also served as executive director for the Indiana Patient Preference Coalition and as president of the Indiana Chapter of the American College of Emergency Medicine Physicians.
As Chief Medical Officer at the Department, Dr. Weaver provides clinical input across the agency in addition to working closely with the Divisions of Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, Minority Health, and Oral Health.
Curtis A. Whittaker, Sr., CPAis the Senior Pastor of the Progressive Community Church and the Pres./CEO of Families Anchored in Total Harmony, Inc. (FAITH CDC). FAITH CDC is a social, environmental and food justice organization that advocates for equitable access to resources that benefit black indigenous people of color in the city of Gary and throughout NW Indiana.
Rev. Curtis is a certified public accountant and a certified commercial farmer. His primary activity is to provide leadership and oversight of the programs of FAITH CDC of which Faith Farms & Orchard (FF&O), a USDA certified farm, is one such program. FF&O’s mission is to equip urban growers of all ages with the tools needed to become certified growers and to provide access to fresh produce.
Whittaker has been a guest lecturer on urban farming techniques and has been invited to present at:
2018 - University of Norte Dame’s Catholic Social Teaching Conference, “Interfaith Leadership for Integral Development: A Case Study from Gary, Indiana”
2019 – Valparaiso University Thirst for Clean Water Summit, “FAITH in Action: Creating a Sustainable Community through Faith”
2020 - Purdue University College of Ag/HHS MLK Event
Seth Grant, Eskenazi Health
Organizers: Barb Morris, Eskenazi Health, Jodee Smith, Indiana University Sustainable Food Systems Science