244368 Integrating Healthy Equity in the Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation of Obesity Prevention Interventions in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 9:50 AM

Kristen Klingler, MPH, CHES , Department of Health and Family Support, City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN
The Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support (MDHFS) is working to reduce and prevent obesity, especially in geographic areas such as North Minneapolis where large minority and low-income populations experience high rates of unhealthy weight, poor nutrition, and inadequate physical activity. To address these health disparities, MDHFS has prioritized health equity in planning, implementation, and evaluation activities by: X Concentrating resources in an area with significant health disparities; X Collaborating with partners who have worked successfully with communities of color and low-income populations; X Utilizing community input from priority populations to inform ongoing decision-making; and X Structuring evaluation tools/methods to measure impact in priority populations In this session, participants will learn about the process, challenges, and successes of incorporating health equity into key initiatives including: X Implementing EBT and Market Bucks at farmers markets; X Conducting community engagement to guide expansion of the Nice Ride bike share system; X Creating a Local Food Resource Network and Neighborhood Hubs; X Customizing Safe Routes to School plans; and X Increasing park safety and utilization As a result of using health equity to guide efforts in North Minneapolis, the community has experienced significant environmental changes that have increased access to physical activity and healthy foods. A health equity focus has helped ensure that resources are directed toward populations most affected by obesity and health disparities. This approach has resulted in stronger partnerships, meaningful community involvement, and an environment where residents with the greatest needs are connected to affordable, convenient and accessible resources.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
1.List four strategies for incorporating health equity into planning, implementation, and evaluation efforts. 2.Discuss barriers and opportunities that vulnerable populations face when implementing policy, systems, and environmental changes associated with obesity prevention. 3.Describe at least three specific interventions that help increase access to physical activity and nutrition resources in communities experiencing health disparities.

Keywords: Obesity, Vulnerable Populations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present on this topic because I coordinate the Minneapolis Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant which focuses on obesity prevention through policy, systems, and environmental changes that address physical activity and nutrition.
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.