267021 Mid-Michigan uses ACHIEVE and Michigan Healthy Communities funds to establish a local Food Council

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Janine Sinno Janoudi, PhD , Community Health Assessment, Ingham County Health Department, Lansing, MI
Cheryl Danley, MSc in Food and Resource Economics , Center for Regional Food Systems, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
INTRODUCTION: The Land Use and Health Resource Team (LUHRT) in the Mid Michigan area conducted a community assessment which identified food safety, quality, and access to healthy food as essential or very important. METHODS: Funded by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) as an ACHIEVE community, Ingham County Health Department partnered with Michigan State University Extension to further explore and address these concerns by expanding LUHRT and forming the Food Systems Workgroup (FSW), a local food policy council. Additionally, the partners reached out to traditionally excluded communities, established a website, mapped priority areas for food access in the Lansing area, and evaluated progress. RESULTS: As a result of these efforts, the Ingham County Board of Health supported the Michigan Good Food Charter and the City of Lansing included a healthy food access component in the city's master plan. The 2011 Ingham County Health Rankings showed a nearly 40% increase in access to healthy foods since 2010. Additionally, average usage of the electronic bridge-card transfer by low-income residents at local farmers markets increased from $2,500 in 2008 to over $10,000 in 2010. Average participation in Lansing Schools free and reduced meals program increased 12% at the elementary school and middle school levels and 20% at the high school level from 2010 to 2011. DISCUSSION: A successful community-driven Food Policy Council starts with multi-sector assessments, institutional and leadership support, and inclusive community outreach. Collaborative resources to implement evidence based strategies will contribute to measurable progress for healthier communities.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Program planning
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the development and implementation of a food policy council in the Mid Michigan area; 2. Describe examples of how local health departments can build partnerships with community partners to increase access to healthy and affordable food; and 3. Discuss successes, challenges, and lessons learned through the initiative.

Keywords: Food and Nutrition, Public Health Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Health Analyst at the Ingham County Health Department (since 2001) and have coordinated many Healthy Communities initiatives leading to policy systems and environment changes in Ingham County. PhD in Human Ecology from Michigan State University, MSc in Agriculture Economics and Extension.
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.

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