Racine/Kenosha FoodWISe is proud to be part of the newly founded goal of increasing PSE: Policy, Systems and Environmental within the FoodWISe program. PSE is defined below but you can get a sense of what it is by reading some articles covering the PSE work of the Racine/Kenosha FoodWIse team.
- K-HIP’s Farmers Market App for Kenosha through Nicole Sicuro-Leipski’s great work!
- K-HIP’s “Eat.Move.Thrive” Non-Pharmaceutical Prescription Pad. Learn more about the project through this VIDEO or article
- Increasing Access to Fresh Food In Racine County
- Greater Racine Food Council to Launch Grocery Getter Program
- Kenosha HarborMarket Dollar Matching Program Expands!
- Increased outreach to area pantries by Jill Frideres
- Healthy breakfast items were provided, instead of sugary or high fat options, at the annual Money Conference in Racine due to the work of Cindi Armstrong
- Racine County Food Resource Guide created through Amy Macemon’s work with Greening Greater Racine’s Food Council
- Food Pantry Survey conducted by Mount Mary dietetics students of 120 food pantry clients to determine their needs and obstacles to utilizing food pantries in Racine County. See report here: FINAL Report Food and Access Survey Racine
- St. Matthews Eldergarten, whose opening was in part of Terri Ward’s Leadership Kenosha team. More information about this project can be found here.
Policy, Systems and Environmental Change
PSE seeks to go beyond direct nutrition education, i.e. nutrition classes at a food pantry or school, and into the systems that create the structures in which we work, live and play.
Policy change includes policies at the legislative or organizational level. For example, institutionalizing new rules or procedures as well as passing laws, ordinances, resolutions, mandates, regulations, are all examples of policy change efforts.
Systems change involves change made to the rules within an organization. Systems change and policy change often work hand‐in‐hand. Often systems change focuses on changing infrastructure within a school, park, worksite, or health setting or instituting processes or procedures at the system level that ensure a healthier workplace.
Environmental change is change made to the physical environment. Physical (Structural changes or programs or service), social (a positive change in attitudes or behavior about policies that promote health or an increase in supportive attitudes regarding a health practice), and economic factors (presence of financial disincentives or incentives to encourage a desired behavior) influence people’s practices and behaviors.
Verbage taken from: http://healthtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/2012-12-28-Policy_Systems_and_Environmental_Change.pdf