Research shows that a population’s health is shaped 10% by their physical environment, 20% by clinical health care, 30% by health behaviors and 40% by social and economic factors. Essentia Health has recognized food security as a key economic need for many of their rural communities and, along with community partners, have invested in strategies to address food security in ways that meet their communities’ needs. This presentation will share a variety of these innovative interventions.
Emily Anderson is Essentia Health's East Market Community Health Program Manager. Currently, she leads the Community Health Needs Assessment process and implements community health improvement strategies for seven hospitals in Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin. Emily is a graduate of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Public Health Associate Program. Prior to joining Essentia Health, Emily spent three years with the CDC working with rural health departments to improve rural health disparities through public health interventions.
Tanya Christopherson received her M.S. in Human Nutrition from University of Wisconsin-Stout and is currently practicing as a registered dietitian at Essentia Health-Sandstone (EHS). An advocate for healthy lifestyle changes she is involved in coordination of CHNA at EHS. Her professional interests focus on healthy eating, and her current projects include NDPP program coordination and SNAP referrals. In addition, she serves as Treasurer for MAND and is on Pine County’s Public Health Advisory Committee.
Leah serves as the Director for the Deer River Area Health Care Foundation. She brings a personal passion for health and wellness to her work and has been instrumental in positioning the Foundation as not only a funder but a change agent for the community. Leah has played a key role in projects including a new Community Garden, Farmer's Market, and Fresh Produce Truck. Leah enjoys spending time with her husband and five kids, running, and being outdoors.