Building Food Systems Policy from the Ground Up

Friday, January 13, 2017 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Samina Raja, an associate professor and founder and principal investigator of the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab at the University at Buffalo, is giving a talk at Mississippi State. Raja’s research focuses on the use of planning and policy to promote health and food equity. With her research team, she has published more than 60 journal articles, policy briefs and plans focused on planning and policy to create equitable food systems. She is the lead author of "A Planners Guide to Community and Regional Food Planning" (2008), one of the earliest guidance documents on linking planning and food systems. Currently, Raja directs Growing Food Connections, a national-scale project on the use of local government planning to connect small-scale farmers with low-income consumers in the U.S. Raja's presentation is sponsored through MSU's partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities, as well as the MSU Local Food Systems Research Group and Department of Sociology.

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Mississippi State University's new partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center through the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities solidifies existing long-term collaborations between investigators at both institutions on the elimination of health disparities. The relationship promises to enhance one of our five research priorities for MSU—health and education disparities—and yield new initiatives in education and Extension, which will improve the health and well-being of people locally, nationally and globally.