i-Three Issue Corps 2016 – Minnesota Food Charter Network

Stephanie Heim

Associate Program Director, Health and Nutrition Programs

University of Minnesota, Health and Nutrition

What is the change you are designing to achieve?

Extension Health and Nutrition staff engage with local, regional and issue-based food networks across Minnesota to learn, share and act together to effectively carry out Minnesota Food Charter strategies.

How will you measure that change?

-Change in annual plans of work submitted by Extension Health and Nutrition staff
-Extension Health and Nutrition staff support the development of a database of food networks
-Extension Health and Nutrition staff lead, coordinate, connect, or support at least six success stories of Minnesota Food Charter strategy implementation.

What is the innovative component or strategy you will implement as a result of the design-a-thon?

-Use of the tool, arcGIS online to develop interactive maps of local, regional and issue-based networks
-Incorporation / sharing of the ‘working out loud’ way of working with Extension Health and Nutrition colleagues

How did the design-a-thon help you?

Thinking of design as conversation and conversation as learning will help me in communication with colleagues, leadership within Extension and with community partners.

Summary:

Launched November 2015, the Minnesota Food Charter Network is a statewide network, rooted in Minnesota Food Charter strategies, that supports and fosters shared action towards healthy food access for all. This project will develop and execute a plan for local, regional and issue-based networks across the state to learn, share and act together to effectively carry out food charter strategies. In coming years, the Minnesota Food Charter Network will grow into a supportive ‘ecosystem’ of people, information, relationships, and resources positioned to implement the 99 Food Charter policy and systems change strategies.

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