266763 Corner Store Makeovers in East Los Angeles: Store Selection

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 12:47 PM - 12:59 PM

Brent Langellier, MA , Community Health Sciences, University of California Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA
Jeremiah Garza, MA, MPH , Department of Health Policy and Management, University of California Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA
Michael Prelip, MPH, DPA , Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Nathan Cheng , --, Nathan Cheng Consulting, Berkeley, CA
Introduction: Corner store makeovers are an emerging strategy to increase the availability of fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and other healthy foods in underserved communities. An early challenge in the makeover process is selecting a partner store able to successfully implement and maintain healthy changes. As part of a large corner store makeover intervention in East LA, the UCLA Center for Population Health and Health Disparities has developed a framework to guide the selection of partner stores. The framework, based on conceptual reasoning and the experience of a corner store makeover expert, uses 34 store characteristics to assess the likelihood a makeover will be successful. Characteristics we believe to be important include store location, size, inventory, customer service, foot traffic, and customer demographics. Methods: We conducted observations at a total of 84 stores in East LA and used the framework to select four partner stores for makeovers. Results: Our framework suggests that 34 of the 84 stores (40%) would be poor candidates for a corner store makeover because they were not in a residential neighborhood or were too small to sell a wide range of healthy foods. We used the framework to assess the remaining 54 stores and enrolled four stores we believe have a high potential for success. Discussion: Our study is the first that we know of to develop and implement a framework for selecting partner stores for a corner store makeover.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related education
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to: 1. Describe a framework for selecting stores for a corner store makeover 2. Identify specific store characteristics likely to influence the success of a corner store makeover 3. Assess a stores’ likelihood of success for a corner store makeover

Keywords: Food and Nutrition, Access

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As a graduate student researcher on the Corner Store Makeovers in East LA project I am the primary author on two relevant reports, “The food environment and student weight status, Los Angeles County, 2008-2009,” and “Immigration Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor Awareness.” Among my research activities has been the development of criteria for selecting intervention and control stores for the corner store makeover project.
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.