Monday November 18th

“Food (In)Security in Colorado”

  • Monday, November 18th, 2019 – 1:30 – 3:00pm
  • Iliff School of Theology Library (2323 E. Iliff Avenue); Sponsored by the Ethics and Ecological Economics Forum

“Nearly 1 in 11 Coloradans struggle with hunger, not always having enough money for food.”  – Hunger Fee Colorado (fact sheet)

“Food insecurity, childhood obesity and environmental sustainability are interconnected and . . . have been given priority in Denver, where 1 child in 4 does not have enough to eat and about 3 in 10 children are considered overweight or obese.”   — Denver Dept. of Public Health and Environment

How is this possible in a state with per capita personal income of nearly $55,000?

Food System Policies and Population Health: Moving Toward Collective Impact in Denver – PDF report from the Department of Environment Health


  • Mondi Mason, PhD, MPH is an applied anthropologist at the Denver Dept. of Public Health and Environment. As Food Policy Administrator, she works with local and regional partners on food system policies and programs that increase access to affordable and nutritious food. Dr. Mason is also Adjunct Faculty at the Colorado School of Public Health and an Evaluation and Quality Improvement Coach for the National Network of Public Health Institutes. 
  • Paola Babb is the Community Engagement and Child Nutrition Manager at Hunger Free Colorado. She supports communities to increase access and participation in Child Nutrition Programs. Paola has a Bachelor or Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, worked for WIC for several years, and most recently managed the Food Pantry at Growing Home, a non-profit in Westminster. She a native Spanish speaker originally from Mexico, but has lived in Colorado most of her life.
  • Erin Ulric, MPH serves as Implementation Director for a five-year plan to end hunger in Colorado (copy attached). Previously, she worked at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment leading the Prevention Services Division. Prior to state government, Erin worked in international public health for nearly a decade managing programs in a variety of technical areas. She speaks 3 languages and has lived and/or worked in 8 countries.

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