Swetland Events


Ariel International Center      1163 E. 40th St., #201  Cleveland, OH, 44114






Dominique Rose, MEd, CHES

at: foodnest@case.edu


Illustrated image of a healthy community with gardens and pedestrians and cyclists

May 22, 2019

Convening Ideas & Actions: Creating Food Opportunities for the Future

Cleveland is a national leader in food systems innovation from our robust urban agriculture system to some of the best restaurants in the country. Yet, gaps remain in our approach. Today, nearly two out of three Clevelanders live in neighborhoods with limited access to full-service supermarkets and experience extensive inequities in economic opportunities and health status.

The Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood Study (foodNEST 2.0) works to develop strategies that can help guide decision making around efforts to make food systems in the city of Cleveland more equitable. This will require outside-of-the-box thinking to identify solutions that advance economic opportunity, food security, and nutrition equity. foodNEST 2.0 is using systems thinking through an equity lens to identify synergies in our local food system that can be adapted to fulfill the vision that a healthy and equitable food system can be a tool for moving communities from a state of surviving to thriving. 

This approach requires community feedback and buy-in to develop a collective sense of where we are going and how we will get there. The goal of the “Convening Ideas & Actions: Creating Food Opportunities for the Future” is to develop a vision for our food future with a realistic sense of roadblocks and opportunities. We will use this information to identify novel solutions that can be tested and applied in the future in areas of Cleveland most burdened by our current food system dynamics.

All are welcome to the table as we deliberate and plan for food opportunities for our future. The event is free and open to the public. Scholarships will be available to support 15 Community Fellows interested in serving as a facilitator at the meeting. These are open to residents living in the following neighborhoods in Cleveland: Buckeye-Shaker, Central, Hough, and St. Clair Superior. More information about the Community Fellows program can be found HERE.

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Stephen J. McHale Family Foundation Fund

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Saint Luke’s Foundation 

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Albert Einstein College of Medicine (NYC)

The Ohio State University, John Glenn College of Public Affairs

Members of the Core Modeling Team

foodNEST 2.0 Investigators

William Bush, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

Jill Clark, PhD, Associate Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University

Darcy Freedman, PhD , MPH Director, Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

David Lounsbury, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Erika Trapl, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

foodNEST 2.0 Core Modeling Team

Laura Adiletta, Co-Founder, Farm Fare

Marilyn Burns, Resident Leader and Advisor Partner, Network of Community Advisors

Kirstin Craciun, MPP, MSW, Director of Community Outreach, The Center for Health Affairs

Jarrod Dalton, PhD , Assistant Professor, Outcomes Research, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Austreeia Everson, Community Outreach Coordinator, Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.


Piper Fernway, Community Programs & Sustainability Support Manager, Bon Appetit Management Company 

Margaret Fitzpatrick, MS, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, The Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County

Janet Kramer, MPH, RDN, LD, Clinical Dietitian, University Hospitals, Rainbow Centers for Women and Children

Heather McMahon, MRP, Director of Community Health, Old Brooklyn CDC

Erika Meschkat, MBA, Sustainability Manager, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, City of Cleveland

Kristen Mikelbank, MA, Planning Analyst, Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Jodi Mitchell, Perfectly Imperfect Produce

Amanda Osborne, MA, Community Development Educator, The Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County

Sabrina Roberts, MPA, Administrator of Health Policy and Programs, Health and Human Services, Cuyahoga County

Jennifer Scofield, MA, CHES, Chief Executive Officer, Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland

Morgan Taggart, MUPDD, Project Manager, The FARE Project & Food Trust

LaQueta Worley-Bell, Resident Leader, Neighborhood Ambassador and Community Outreach Coordinator

Ana Claudia Zubieta, PhD, Program Director, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)