2022 Harkin on Wellness Symposium
2022 Harkin on Wellness Symposium
March 29, 2022
The 2022 Harkin on Wellness (HOW) Symposium addressed nutrition security and how to embrace solutions that nourish the nation. National and local experts joined us to explore how we can shift the focus from food insecurity to nutrition security, with an emphasis on the need to expand beyond food access, safety, and affordability to include and prioritize nutritious foods.
2022 Harkin on Wellness Report
2022 HOW Symposium Agenda
The 2022 HOW Symposium will be available to stream on demand after the event. Please note, it may take several days to format and upload content after the symposium. All times presented are in Central Time (CT).
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
|Joseph Jones, PhD, MPA, Executive Director, The Harkin Institute
Senator Tom Harkin
|9:15 a.m.||Panel Discussion: National Strategy on Food: The Next Farm Bill|
|Moderator: Jennifer Zwagerman, Director of Drake Agricultural Law Center
Stephanie Mercier, PhD, Agricultural Policy Consultant, Agricultural Perspectives, pptx
Parke Wilde, PhD, Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, pptx
|10:45 a.m.||Harkin On Wellness Designee Breakout Sessions|
|11:30 a.m.||1 hour break and lunch service|
|12:25 p.m.||Keynote Presentation|
|Former USDA Secretary Dan Glickman
Patrick Stover, PhD, Director of the Institute for Advancing Health Through Agriculture, Texas A&M AgriLife
|1:15 p.m.||15 minutes break|
|1:30 p.m.||Harkin on Wellness Designee Breakout Sessions|
|2:15 p.m.||15 minute break|
|2:30 p.m.||Panel Discussion: National Strategy on Food: White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, Hunger, and Health|
|Moderator: Lyndi Buckingham-Schutt, PhD, RDN, LD, Assistant Professor, Community Nutrition and Health, State Human Sciences Extension and Outreach Specialist, Iowa State University; Harkin Institute Senior Fellow
Angela Odoms-Young, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Nutrition Science, Cornell University, pptx
Cathie Woteki, PhD, Agriculture and Food Scientist and Nutritionist, pptx
Aubrey Alvarez, MPA, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Eat Greater Des Moines, pptx
|3:30 p.m.||Closing Remarks|
Harkin on Wellness Designee Breakout Sessions
Grow Local Colorado
Growing Together Iowa, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Hunger Task Force – The Farm
NEW BRIEF: Snap Healthy Food Pricing Incentive Programs: Best Strategies for Gaining Support at the State Level
Aubrey Alvarez, MPA
Aubrey is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in health promotion and Drake University with a Master of Science in public administration. She is also a member of the board with Les Dames d’Escoffier of Greater Des Moines, Hunger Free Dallas County Coalition, Hunger Free Warren County, Regional Food System Working Group, and Wallace Centers of Iowa. She serves on the Ankeny Human Rights Commission and is also active in the Ankeny Community Network, OpportUNITY Food Insecurity Work Group, Iowa Hunger Coalition, and Food Hub Managers Working Group. She was selected as a 2019 Health Connect Fellow, 2020 Les Dames d’Escoffier Women of Purpose nominee, and is a 2015 graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. In her free time, Aubrey enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 young kids.
Lyndi Buckingham-Schutt, PhD, RDN, LD
Prior to her role at Iowa State University, Lyndi was the Director of Wellness and Nutrition Policy, where she was responsible for developing and implementing The Harkin Institute’s wellness and nutrition policy agenda, research projects, and educational outreach. From 2013-2017 Lyndi was an USDA Fellow for Childhood Obesity Prevention at Iowa State University and studied the effect of a physical activity, nutrition, and behavioral intervention during pregnancy to improve maternal and fetal outcomes. Lyndi’s research focuses on evidence-based policy approaches to improve food and nutrition systems that support access to healthy food, sustainable development, and food equity.
Lyndi received a BA in Exercise Science from St. Olaf College, a BS in Dietetics from Iowa State University, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Nutritional Science from Iowa State University. Outside of work, Lyndi is a member of the Above + Beyond Cancer board, Iowa ACE’s 360 board, and a commissioner on the Des Moines Sister City Commission.
Past Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman
Prior to becoming the secretary of agriculture, Glickman represented the 4th Congressional District of Kansas for 18 years in the House of Representatives. During that time, he was a member of the House Agriculture Committee, including six years as chairman of the subcommittee with jurisdiction over federal farm policy issues. He was also an active member of the House Judiciary Committee, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and was a leading congressional expert on general aviation policy.
Stephanie Mercier, PhD
An Iowa native, Dr. Mercier has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Iowa State University.
Angela Odoms-Young, PhD
Her research explores social and structural determinants of dietary behaviors and diet-related diseases in low-income and Black/Latinx populations and centers on identifying culturally appropriate programs and policies that promote health equity, food justice, and community resilience. Dr. Odoms-Young has over 20 years’ experience partnering with communities to improve nutrition and health and 200+ academic publications, book chapters, and presentations. She has served on numerous advisory committees and boards including the National Academy of Sciences Food and Nutrition Board, the Institute of Medicine committees to develop the nutrition standards for the National School Lunch Program/School Breakfast Program and revise the food packages provided in the Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and Council on Black Health. Dr. Odoms-Young has also been a member of the Board of the Greater Chicago Food Depository (previous), American Heart Association Chicago Metro Board (current), Grow Greater Englewood (current), and Blacks in Green (current). She also currently serves as the inaugural Equity Visiting Scholar at Feeding America.
Dr. Odoms-Young received her B.S. in Foods and Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and M.S./PhD in Community Nutrition from Cornell University. Additionally, she completed a Family Research Consortium Postdoctoral Fellowship examining family processes in diverse populations at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Community Health Scholars Fellowship in community-based participatory research at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Patrick J. Stover, PhD
Catherine E. Woteki, PhD
Parke Wilde, PhD
Jennifer Zwagerman, JD, LLM
After completing her clerkship, she joined the Des Moines office of Faegre & Benson (now known as Faegre Drinker) where she was an attorney in the general litigation group with a national practice in food and agricultural law. Jennie spent the 2010-2011 school year at Drake as the Faegre & Benson Visiting Scholar before leaving practice and joining Drake full-time in 2011 as Director of Career Development.
She was named Director of the Drake Agricultural Law Center and an Assistant Professor of Law in July 2019. The Center serves as a resource for numerous issues tied to the production of food, access to food, and numerous other related topics, including Jennie’s particular interest in rural development and rural issues. She teaches food and agricultural law classes, property law, and is active in national, state, and local professional organizations. Jennie’s interests and research are varied, but she has a particular focus on rural development, rural justice, access to food, and ensuring that our food production evolves to reflect sustainability, nutrition, and education goals while also recognizing and supporting the hard work and dedication of those who produce it.
Additionally, her first law school internship experience was spending the summer of 2022 as a Harkin Fellow, working with the Senate Agricultural Committee in Washington, DC. That experience helped cement her interest in ag and food policy and led to numerous relationships that continue still today.
Additional Nutrition Security Resources
Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support of the 2022 Harkin on Wellness Symposium.