Health Impact Project: Effects of Healthier Foods in Childcare Settings

Upstream Public Health is excited to announce their participation in a new collaborative HIA project with Kansas Health Institute and Catalyze Research and Consulting

The Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project is partnering with the Health Impact Project—both collaborations of Pew and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—on a health impact assessment (HIA) to inform the USDA’s work on a final rule updating CACFP nutrition standards and the subsequent implementation of that rule. 

The federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides funding for meals and snacks served to more than 3 million children a day in a variety of child care and after-school settings. In early 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed several adjustments to the program’s nutrition standards. The recommended changes are intended to better meet children’s nutritional needs without increasing costs for participating care providers.

Full HIA Announcement:

Questions about the study should be directed to Sallyann Bergh at Dr. Tia Henderson is leading the Upstream Public Health research team and can be reached at