MEDIA ADVISORY (5/11/17): Regional Summit Highlights Hunger As A Health Issue


Experts and Service Providers Meet in Denver on May 18 to Discuss Best Practices and Policy Change

Diagnosis: Hunger, a sold-out regional summit, will bring together influential local and national health care leaders to highlight hunger as a health issue and discuss solutions to this growing problem. The summit provides an opportunity for health care industry leaders to meet with nonprofit, academic and government counterparts working on these issues. The aim is to educate attendees on the relationship between hunger and health, highlight efforts to increase access to affordable, healthy foods in Colorado, and advocate for more highly prioritizing food and nutrition in the health care industry. Topics include:

  • The hidden epidemic of senior hunger;
  • How health care providers can address hunger and hunger determinants;
  • Utilizing community resources to reduce food insecurity;
  • The role of medically tailored meals in improving health; and
  • Action plans for reducing hunger and improving health.

The summit is presented by The Root Cause Coalition and The Alliance to End Hunger in partnership with The Colorado Prevention Alliance and Project Angel Heart.

May 18, 2017, 8:00am–4:00pm

Rita Bass Trauma and EMS Education Institute (190 West 6th Avenue, Denver, CO 80204)


  • Darlene Barnes, Regional Administrator, Mountain Plains Region, United States Department of Agriculture
  • Barbara J. Petee, Executive Director, The Root Cause Coalition, and Chief Advocacy and Government Relations Officer, ProMedica
  • Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President, AARP Foundation
  • Rebecca Middleton, Executive Director, Alliance to End Hunger
  • John Steiner, MD, Senior Investigator, Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado
  • Erin Pulling, CEO, Project Angel Heart


  • Find the full agenda on the Diagnosis Hunger: Mountain Plains Regional Summit event registration page.
  • Interviews with summit leaders and guest speakers are available upon request.

MEDIA CONTACT (For additional info and/or if you’d like to attend the event):
Amy Daly,, (303) 906-5373

Download Denver Diagnosis:Hunger May 2017 Media Advisory as a PDF