My heart is heavy as I write this on Friday, September 11, the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
I was asked to write my reflections on the Family Development regional visits to date, and with 9/11 on my mind, I reflect on the importance of the expansion of our work to incorporate policies, systems, and environments as we plan our programs.
While much of our discussion during our recent regional visits revolved around policies, systems, and environments (PSE) that impact healthy food choices and physical activity, we are also aware that other policies — local, regional, national and international — affect Minnesota families in other ways, too. For example, we heard in Northeast Minnesota how national trade policies impact the mining industry, which in turns impacts employment opportunities for families. We also discussed the growth of new immigrant and refugee populations across Southern Minnesota — again all influenced by various aspects of policy, systems, and environments.
What happens globally, impacts us locally.