Food Day Conference at UC Hastings Law,
Food Deserts: Legal, Social & Public Health Challenges
"Some of the events are especially creative. University of
California Hastings School of Law and University of
California, San Francisco are collaborating on a conference
about prisons as food deserts." -- Deborah Gardner, Atlantic
SAN FRANCISCO - Communities around the country are
gearing up for Food Day, a grassroots mobilization aimed at
improving America's food policies. Set for Monday, October
24, 2011, Food Day will see thousands of forums and
celebrations from coast to coast aimed at promoting healthy
diets and solving local communities' food problems.
"Food Deserts: Legal, Social & Public Health Challenges,"
presented by the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science
& Health Policy, will bring together scholars from the
health sciences and the law, as well as policymakers,
activists, and food industry members. Discussion will focus
on two important aspects of "food deserts" -- places where
access to a nutritionally-adequate diet is severely
Keynote Address by Dr. David A. Kessler, BA,
MD, JD, former Commissioner of the United States Food and
Drug Administration and author of The End of Overeating:
Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite.
This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the
UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy,
the Center for Vulnerable Populations at SF General
Hospital, the Science and Technology Law Journal, and the
California Correctional Crisis blog.
10/24/2011 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM, at UC Hastings Law, 200
McAllister, Alumni Reception Center
Live-streaming will also be available through the Food Day
event link on the UC Hastings website on October 24th.
Nourishing Our Neighborhoods: Insights from Law,
Planning, and Industry
This panel will cover the broad issue of geographical food
deserts, usually urban areas inhabited by mostly-poor people
whose transportation and finances are limited, where food
sellers are predominantly small stores that cannot stock a
wide variety of fresh food items, and where full-service
grocery stores hesitate to locate. Are there policies (such
as those in zoning rules) that could be changed to enable
oases in these food deserts? What impact does, for example,
the addition of a full-service grocery store have on the
health of the neighboring area?
Marice Ashe, JD, MPH, Founder and Director, Public Health
Law & Policy.
Rajiv Bhatia, MD, MPH, Director of Occupational and
Environmental Health, San Francisco Department of Public
Amy Cohen, BA, MA, Director of Neighborhood Business
Development, San Francisco Mayor's Office of Economic and
Regina Davis, BA, MA, Executive Director, San Francisco
Housing Development Corporation.
Nick Griffin, BA, MA, Senior Project Manager, Tenderloin
Neighborhood Development Corporation.
Moderator: Hilary Seligman, MD, MAS, Assistant Professor of
Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, UCSF, and
Center for Vulnerable Populations, San Francisco General
Food and Nutrition in Correctional Institutions
This panel will consider issues relevant to prisons and
jails. While food offerings must meet certain basic caloric
and nutritional requirements, the institutional nature of
food preparation and food service might make that food less
than appealing, and the healthier elements of meals might
well be those not regularly or fully consumed. The
supplemental food offerings - those for sale in these
institutions - are not likely to be nutritious. Some
research suggests that improved nutrition in prisons leads
to improved penal outcomes. If that is so, what policy
changes should be implemented? Would such changes be
cost-beneficial, considering penal outcomes and the
government's responsibility for health care of prisoners?
Hadar Aviram, LLB, MA, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Law, UC
Hastings College of the Law.
Robert Griefinger, MD, consultant on prisoner health care.
Laurie Maurino, RD, Departmental Food Administrator,
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Beth Waitkus, BA, MS, Director, Insight Garden Program, San
Moderator: Brie Williams, MD, MS, clinician-researcher, UCSF.
The End of Overeating, Keynote by Dr. David A. Kessler
Dr. David A. Kessler, BA, MD, JD, served as Commissioner of
the United States Food and Drug Administration from 1990 to
1997. He has served as Dean of the Yale School of Medicine
and as Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice-Chancellor at
UCSF. He currently is Professor of Pediatrics and
Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF. He is the author of
The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable
American Appetite (2009).
About UC Hastings College of the Law
UC Hastings College of the Law was founded in
1878 as the first law department of the University of
California. Located in San Francisco's Civic center, steps
from City Hall, the State and Federal Buildings, the State
Supreme, Superior and Appellate Courts as well as the United
States District Court and Court of Appeals, the law school
is an integral part of the fabric of the City of San
Francisco and the California judicial system. Over the past
133 years, UC Hastings has served as the law school of
choice for an ever-increasing diversity of students. Now, UC
Hastings alumni span the globe and are among the most
respected lawyers, judges, public servants, and business