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HEAL Summit

Join us for LiveWell’s 2017 HEAL Summit

When: November 30 & December 1, 2017
Where: DoubleTree, 4040 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80207

About the HEAL Summit: LiveWell Colorado’s HEAL Summit is the premier annual convening that brings together Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) leaders from throughout the state of Colorado and beyond. The purpose of the Summit is to share expertise and provide learning and practical experience for those focused on improving access to healthy living in Colorado. A wide range of participants, including leaders from municipalities, public health, non-profits, the private sector, and the philanthropic community gather to share expertise, challenges and exciting new developments regarding HEAL. The strength of the annual event lies in the powerful breakout sessions that are provided, allowing participants to meet and learn from each other.

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All sessions in Aspen I, II Ballroom, unless otherwise noted.



 9:15 a.m.                            Registration  – Break – Aspen I, II Lobby


10:00 – 10:15 a.m.            Welcome

                                                Gabriel Guillaume, President & CEO, LiveWell Colorado


10:15 – 11:10 a.m.            Keynote & Conversation

                                                Dwayne Wharton, Director of External Affairs, The Food Trust


11:15 – 12:30 p.m.            Breakout Sessions


Beyond The Couch: How a Community Center Helped Local Residents Become More Active and Healthy – Aspen III B & C

  • Brian Kates, Parks Operations Administrator, City of Colorado Springs


Strategies for Securing Local and State Transportation Dollars – – Aspen IIIA

  • Gosia Kung, Executive Director, WalkDenver
  • James Waddell, Executive Director, BikeDenver
  • Paul Kashmann, Denver City Council, District Six
  • Emily Snyder, Urban Mobility Manager, Denver Public Works
  • Danny Katz, Director, CoPIRG


Special session for local food coalitions with Dwayne Wharton, The Food Trust – Apen I, II – Main Ballroom


12:30 – 1:30 p.m.              Lunch, Awards and Networking

  • Presentation of the Governor’s Healthy Community Award
  • Presentation of HEAL Cities & Towns Plaques


1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Data into Action: Using School Health Data to Inform Equity

  • Andrea Pulskamp, MPA, Senior Project Manager, The Colorado Education Initiative
  • Lorin Scott-Okeblom, School Health Specialist, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Mariana Del Hierro, MA, Healthy Kids Colorado Survey Coordinator, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment



2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break – Aspen I, II Lobby


2:45 – 4:00 p.m.                Breakout Sessions

Using Data to Engage Communities and Inform Placemaking – Aspen III B & C

  • Kayla Gilbert, Active Living Program Manager, Denver Department of Public Health & Environment
  • Rebecca Gernes, Active Living Program Coordinator, Denver Department of Public Health & Environment
  • Jill Locantore, Associate Director, WalkDenver
  • Debbie Wilmot, Public Information Officer, City of Lafayette
  • Kyle Sargent, MPP, Program Officer, The Colorado Health Foundation


Growing Solidarity in Our Rural Food Movement – – Aspen IIIA

  • Gretchen Groenke, Founder, Thriving Lives


4:05 – 5:00 p.m. Fast and Furious:

  • Montview Boulevard Bike Lanes
    • Karen Hancock, Planning Supervisor overseeing Environmental Management and Data Services, City of Aurora
  • Colorado Fresh Food Financing (CO4F)
    • Erin Lyng, Senior Associate, Progressive Urban Management Associates
  • HEAL and Economic Development
    • J.J. Folsom, AICP, Vice President, Progressive Urban Management Associates
  • Bike Skills are Life Skills
    • Maureen McCanna, Education Program Manager, Bicycle Colorado
    • Piep van Heuven, Denver Director, Bicycle Colorado
  • Gardens as Living Classrooms
    • Diana Alcantara, K-12 Licensed Educator, Carbondale Community School
  • Food is Medicine – Healthy Food Means Lower Health Care Costs in Colorado
    • Leslie Scotland-Stewart, Director of Business Development for Meals for Care Transitions, Project Angel Heart
  • City of Golden Water Park Healthy Concessions
    • Betsy Sweet, Aquatics Supervisor, City of Golden


5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception – Pre-function West Lobby






7:45 – 8:30 a.m.                 Breakfast – Break – Aspen I, II Lobby


8:30 a.m.                              Welcome & Day One Wrap Up


9:00 – 10:00 a.m.              Keynote & Conversation

Tamika Butler, Executive Director, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust


10:00 – 10:15 a.m.            Break – Aspen I, II Lobby


10:15 – 11:30 a.m.            Breakout Sessions

Let’s Talk Colorado: Mental Health Messaging Dissemination in a Community with a Focus on Healthy Living – Aspen III B & C

  • Patty Boyd, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Tri-County Health Department
  • Sheila Lynch, MCP, AICP, Built Environment and Health Manager, Tri-County Health Department
  • Trish Stiles, Town Administrator, Town of Bennett Colorado
  • Corren Lind, Assistant to Town Administrator, Town of Bennett Colorado
  • Monica Younger, Behavioral Health Coordinator, Town of Bennett Colorado


Mobilizing Community to Win a Healthy Kids’ Meals Campaign – Aspen I, II – Main Ballroom

  • Tessa Hale, Healthy Beverage & Food Advisor, Boulder County Public Health
  • Elaina Verveer, Executive Director, Empowerment Center of East County; Program Advisor, Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee
  • Ignacio Perez, Youth Leader, Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee
  • Eden Pilar, Youth Leaders, Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee


11:30  – 12:30 p.m.           Lunch and Networking


12:30 – 1:45 p.m.              Breakout Sessions

How Schools Work and How to Work with SchoolsAspen III B & C

  • Sara Linn, Professional Development Consultant, RMC Health
  • Madeline Morrissey, MPH, Professional Development Consultant, RMC Health


Healthy Food Access: A Community Wide Approach in Rural Colorado – Aspen IIIA

  • Dana Wood, Garfield Healthy Communities Coalition Coordinator, Garfield County Public Health
  • Drew Schelling, RD, Public Health Nutritionist and Cooking Matters Coordinator, Garfield County Public Health
  • Carla Farrand, Garfield County Director, 4H Youth Development, Family and Consumer Science Agent
  • Ciara Low, Co-Founder, UpRoot Colorado
  • Alice Steindler, Assistant Principal, Rifle High School
  • Miguel Gonzalez, Student, Rifle High School
  • Arleth Gonzalez, Student, Rifle High School


2:00 – 3:00 p.m.                GOCO School Yard Initiative: How GOCO and Local Governments Work Together

  • Erika Meyer, Youth Initiatives Program Coordinator, Great Outdoors Colorado
  • Laura Cardon, Communications Coordinator, Great Outdoors Colorado
  • Traci Wieland, Recreation Superintendent, City of Grand Junction
  • Vicki Woods, Principal, Orchard Avenue Elementary


3:00 – 3:30 p.m.                Closing Remarks and Evaluations