243509 Health Impact Assessment: Farm to School and School Garden Policy, HB 2800

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 1:30 PM

Tia Henderson, PhD, MST , Upstream Public Health, Portland, OR
Mel Stephen Rader, MS, MS , Upstream Public Health, Portland, OR
Upstream Public Health conducted a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on Oregon's HB 2800, a state-wide bill that provides public schools with reimbursement funds for purchasing Oregon food products and establishes a grant fund to create new school gardens. Farm to school and school garden programs have gained momentum for their potential to contribute to local economies, foster healthy school food environments, support nutrition education, and build relationships among farmers and school districts. Upstream Public Health, a health policy advocacy non-profit, worked with two advisory groups to develop the scope of the HIA, clarify assessment findings, develop recommendations, and develop a dissemination strategy. We defined five health determinant pathways in the scope including Diet & Nutrition, Farm to School and School Garden K-12 Education, Employment, Environmental Health, and Social Capital. We used a systematic literature review, secondary data analysis, and an IMPLAN economic analysis in our assessment. We found that HB 2800 would create new jobs; strongly impact student enrollment in school meal programs, student fruit and vegetable consumption, youth educational attainment, and gardening education; moderately impact household food security and youth learning outcomes; and have null or uncertain effects on climate change outcomes.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Identify the linkages between farm to school policy and health outcomes. Discuss the benefits and limitations of conducting a state-wide policy HIA, and how we addressed the barriers.

Keywords: Food and Nutrition, Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I conduct research on food environments related to child health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.