1,000 Days Summit

The 1,000 Days to Change the Future: Making Malnutrition History Summit in Chicago on May 21st, 2012 brought together leaders from the domestic and international health and hunger communities to focus attention on the staggering human and economic costs of child malnutrition in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Held at the Chicago History Museum, the half-day Summit featured a host of special guests, including: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin; Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme; Mayor Rahm Emanuel; and Ambassador Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy. The two panel discussions were moderated by Roger Thurow. 

1,000 Days Chicago Summit Highlights


The Summit was hosted by 1,000 Days, Action Against Hunger, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Concern Worldwide, Feeding America, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, the Ounce of Prevention, the World Food Programme, and World Business Chicago.

Panel 1: The Challenges of Malnutrition

The first panel examined the long-term health, economic and societal impacts of hunger and malnutrition in the 1,000-day window from a woman’s pregnancy through a child’s second birthday. Panelists included: Tom Arnold, CEO of Concern Worldwide; Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of Feeding America; Stephanie Ettinger De Cuba, MPH, Research and Policy Director for Children’s HealthWatch; and Dr. Robert W. Block, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Panel 2: The Opportunity of 1,000 Days

The second panel focused on how prioritizing the health, food and care needs of mothers and young children can help break the cycle of poverty and make malnutrition history. Panelists included: Kate Maehr, President and Executive Director of the Greater Chicago Food Depository; Raymond Debbane, Chairman of Action Against Hunger, ACF-USA and Chairman of Weight Watchers International; and Dr. Mehmood Khan, Chief Scientific Officer for Global Research and Development at PepsiCo with special guest Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO.


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