262333 Chicago's Healthy Corner Store Initiative: Linking community-based approaches to city policy development

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 10:35 AM - 10:50 AM

Adam B. Becker, PhD, MPH , Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Mary Snodgrass, MPH , CLOCC, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Childrens' Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Sona Smith , CLOCC, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Ed Boone , Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, Chicago, IL
Jennifer Herd, MHLP , Department of Public Health, City of Chicago, Chicago, IL
INTRODUCTION Many Chicagoans do not have access to full-service grocery stores, so they depend on corner storesfor food. One solution to the problem of limited healthy food access in low-income areas is to expand corner stores' capacity to stock and sell fresh, healthyfoods.As part of CPPW, Chicago's Corner Store Initiative combinescitywide policy with support for community-based organizations to work with local corner stores.

METHODS Chicago's project links community interventions to broad policy changes that will increase access to healthier food options and educate communities about the importance of healthy eating.

Through a competitive RFP process, three local organizations were funded and trained to work with corner stores in low-income neighborhoods. The organizations are building relationships with store owners, conducting assessments and developing action plans to support changes in the stores. Concurrently, representatives from the City Departments of Public Health and Housing and Economic Development are collaborating with the Mayor's Office to create incentives for store owners to support community-levelefforts.

RESULTS The following will be presented at APHA: Baseline corner store data on merchandise, positioning, and in-store promotions Improvements corner stores make in carrying healthy food items Details on the city's policy mechanism to support healthy corner stores

DISCUSSION Chicago is poised to adopt a sustainable model that combines city policy and technical assistance with community-based advocacy and outreach to retailers.

Learning Areas:
Program planning
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the community-based work with corner stores around Chicago to create healthier food environments Explain the City of Chicago’s new policy to support healthy food changes in corner stores Discuss successes and challenges in developing and implementing the community interventions and citywide policy

Keywords: Food and Nutrition, Access

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the project director for the overall initiative of which this strategy is a part.
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.