About the Event

On December 9, 2016, the Healthy Food Connect Education and Training Series was launched with a session titled “What is Policy” that included experts on Federal, state and local challenges following the November election.


“What do we mean by policy?”

Amanda Maria Edmonds
Executive Director, Growing Hope
Mayor, City of Ypsilanti, MI


PACE – Healthy Food Connect Grantee Update

Laurie Arora
Director of Public Affairs and Philanthropy, PACE Southeast Michigan


Heather Petraszko
Registered Dietitian, PACE Southeast Michigan


Federal Policy Perspectives

Kate Fitzgerald
Principal, Fitzgerald Canepa, LLC


Macomb Community Action – Healthy Food Connect Grantee Update

Linda Azar
Program Manager, Macomb Community Action


Nicole Urban
Program Manager, Macomb Community Action


State Policy Perspectives

Jean Doss
Partner, Capital Services, Inc.


Local Perspectives

Winona Bynum
Executive Director, Detroit Food Policy Council


Speaker Panel Discussion – Moderated by Oran Hesterman

Oran Hesterman
President and CEO, Fair Food Network


  • Amanda Maria Edmonds
  • Kate Fitzgerald
  • Jean Doss
  • Winona Bynum


  1. Agenda
  2. Speaker bios
  3. What do we mean by policy? Presentation by Amanda Edmonds of Growing Hope
  4. Local Food Policy presentation by Winona Bynum of the Detroit Food Policy Council
  5. Grow Healthy Seniors presentation by PACE Southeast Michigan
  6. Press Release and Report from the United States House of Representatives “Past, Present, and Future of SNAP” Hearing Series
  7. Policy advocacy relationship building tips
  8. 10 Commandments of Public Policy Advocacy
  9. Sample Bill Monitoring Report as of 12/9/16
  10. Summary of The Michigan Good Food Charter in English and Spanish