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Virtual Coffee & Conversation with W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Apr 21, 2014

Linda Jo Doctor, Program Officer, shares the vision, mission, and framework of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and specifically addresses the theory of change and theory of action for the foundation’s Food & Community Program, with an emphasis on providing children with the healthy food they need for optimal development.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. The Healthy Kids Initiative works alongside communities – especially those facing health inequities – to support community-based approaches in four key areas: maternal and child health, oral health, breastfeeding (breast milk as the optimal first food), and continued access to good food and active living throughout a child’s early development.

The webinar recording also includes a brief demonstration of Foundation Directory Online, so you can learn how to find the latest information about the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and other health and human services funders.

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Linda Jo Doctor

Linda Jo Doctor is a program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. In this role, she helps develop programming priorities, reviews and recommends proposals for funding, manages and monitors a portfolio of active grants, and designs and implements national grant initiatives, place-based work and multi-year projects.  

As a member of the Food, Health & Well-Being team, her work focuses on the impact of environmental conditions on health equity. She co-leads the Food & Community Program, an initiative designed to transform food systems and the physical environments in places where children live, learn and play. In Michigan, Ms. Doctor co-leads the foundation’s placed-based work in Detroit focused on creating conditions so vulnerable children and families thrive. 

Previously, Ms. Doctor was deputy director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Allies Against Asthma Program housed at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She also directed the Division of Prevention at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she provided leadership for statewide health promotion and prevention programs and interagency initiatives. She has worked in substance abuse prevention including managing a national training and technical assistance system supported by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.