Kansas Tribal Food System Project

Guest Presentation at KCHWC meeting on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 1: 00 PM-3:00 PM

The Kansas Tribal Food Systems pilot is a three- year pilot collaborative project of the American Heart Association, Sunflower Foundation and K-State Research and Extension SNAP-Ed in cooperation with The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and the Sac & Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska. 

This project began in 2019 with the goal to increase access to culturally tailored nutrition education, access to healthy foods and ultimately the development and implementation of a Kansas tribal food system plan.  The Tribal Health Summit Planning committee provides oversight and advisory roles.  The project built from a phase 1 pilot with Native Chef Jason Champagne providing nutrition lessons to tribal community members and a Culture of Health Conversation with each tribal community that showed interest in continued nutrition and cooking classes.  Southern Plains Tribal Health Board was involved in Phase I as fiscal agent and in coordinating the Culture of Health Conversations.

Speakers will include:

Janis Simon, Tribal Food Systems Project Coordinator

Tandy Rundus, K-State Research and Extension SNAP-Ed, NE Region Specialist

Olivia Pewamo, Kansas Public Health Specialist with the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board