“Building Community, Building Health” is theme; House Appropriations chair Rosa DeLauro to keynote day one

Public health experts, community advocates, and policymakers from state, local, national and international levels will convene next week to promote public policies that build community capacity for advocacy, improve health, and center health equity while reducing consumption of sugary drinks. The virtual three-day summit will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. on April 20, 21, and 22, and the following plenary sessions will be open to press:

Plenary 1: 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 20


Introductory remarks from CSPI president Dr. Peter G. Lurie

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), House Appropriations Committee Chair

Rev. William Lamar, IV, Senior Pastor, Metropolitan Washington AME Church

Plenary 2: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday April 21

A Conversation with Mark Bittman Mark Bittman, author of Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal, and editor-in-chief of The Bittman Project

Jane Black, food writer

Plenary 3: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT on April 22

Success and Innovation from Abroad

Maisha Hutton, Executive Director, Healthy Caribbean Coalition

Lawrence Mbalati, Programmes Manager, South Africa HEALA

Alejandro Calvillo, Director, El Poder del Consumidor, Mexico

Modi Mwatsama, Senior Science Lead, Wellcome Trust, UK

Guillermo Paraje, Professor, Universidad Adolfo Ibanez, School of Business, Chile

Plenary 4: 3:30 p.m. to 4:35 p.m. EDT on April 22

Closing Session: Highlighting Community Impact for the Win

Michael A. Nutter, former Mayor of Philadelphia, moderator

Gloria Ann Begay, Diné Food Sovereignty Alliance

Yolandra Hancock, MD, MPH, Medical Director, CRC Health and Wellness Group

Delmonte Jefferson, Executive Director, The Center for Black Health and Equity

With closing remarks from CSPI president Dr. Peter G. Lurie

Contact Info:  Katherine Shek, kshek@cspinet.org