Poor nutrition, exacerbated by food insecurity, is closely associated with health outcomes across the cancer care continuum, from prevention through survivorship. Health care providers and payers, including public health care programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, are increasingly seeking clinical and non-clinical opportunities to address food insecurity and malnutrition in patients to improve health outcomes and decrease health care costs.

Join us for a Web Forum on Wednesday, June 9 from 11-12:30 PM ET, where we will explore:

  • how nutrition affects cancer;
  • how policy reform can expand access to healthy food for everyone, including individuals who are at risk for and living with cancer;
  • the potential for medically supportive nutrition interventions to help someone tolerate and complete cancer treatment and thrive as a survivor.

Experts from Harvard Law, the Ohio State College of Medicine, and the Community Farm Alliance of Kentucky will discuss what the research tells us about nutrition and cancer, national trends in food and health policy reform, and innovative programs in Kentucky that are increasing access to healthy food for underserved communities.    


This work is made possible with the generous support of the Kentucky Cancer Consortium and the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, as well as the forum co-sponsors: the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School, the Kentucky Cancer Consortium, and the Community Farm Alliance.


Kristian Wagner, MS, RD, LD

Health Policy Director

Kentucky Cancer Consortium

Kristian Wagner is the Health Policy Director for the Kentucky Cancer Consortium (CDC funded Comprehensive Cancer Control Grant) In this role Kristian coordinates the Policy, Systems and Environmental initiatives of the Kentucky Cancer Consortium.  Kristian oversees initiatives related to Smoke-free, Obesity and Environmental Carcinogens.  Specifically, within Environmental Carcinogens, Kristian has…

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Colleen Spees, PhD, MEd, RDN, LD, FAND

Associate Professor, Division of Medical Dietetics

Ohio State University College of Medicine

Columbus, OH

Dr. Colleen Spees is an Associate Professor in the Division of Medical Dietetics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. In addition, she is an active member of OSU’s prestigious Comprehensive Cancer Center and holds academic appointments in both the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and the…

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Leslie Clements

Lead, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Communications


Leslie Clements is Humana’s lead for corporate citizenship and impact, where she is building relationships in the company and in the community to activate Humana's purpose to inspire health and well-being for all. Leslie's career has been focused on designing and delivering strategic engagement and development opportunities for corporate employees…

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Martin Richards

Executive Director

Community Farm Alliance

Martin Richards is the Executive Director of Community Farm Alliance in Kentucky. Formed in 1985, Community Farm Alliance is a statewide grassroots membership organization whose mission is to organize and encourage cooperation among rural and urban citizens, through leadership development and grassroots democratic processes, to ensure an essential, prosperous place for family-scale…

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Sarah Downer, JD

Associate Director, Whole Person Care, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

Harvard Law School

Cambridge, MA

Sarah Downer is a Clinical Instructor at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School and co-directs the Center’s Whole Person Care Initiative, which seeks to improve care for underserved individuals at every point of interaction with the health care system. She serves as a Special…

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