272716 Increasing access to healthy food for low income residents

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 2:57 PM - 3:09 PM

Paula Jones, PhD , Food System Program, San Francisco Deparment of Public Health, San Francisco, CA
This presentation will highlight San Francisco Department of Public Health - Program on Health, Equity and Sustainability (PHES) leadership on the development of long term policy and programs to improve food access and improve nutrition environments in San Francisco through expanding usage of federal nutrition benefits, improving participation and the quality of food in public food programs, developing complete neighborhoods that include healthy food retail, and supporting community participation in local food policy and planning . The presentation will describe the public health framework utilized that incorporates all aspects of the food system to inform and drive city wide food system policy and planning. The presentation will present the example of how the food system program worked with city agencies, farmers markets, and community based organizations to institutionalize improved access to farmers markets by SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) beneficiaries through requiring acceptance of federal nutrition programs, as well as a pilot incentive program to make fruits and vegetables more affordable to families on SNAP.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe how local public health analysis and collaboration with farmers markets, the Department of Human Services, and community-based organizations can inform change in City policy and targeted programs to improve long term food access.

Keywords: Environmental Health, Food and Nutrition

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a senior health planner and the director of Food Systems at the San Francisco Department of Public Health who led integrated food system policy and planning efforts for the City and County of San Francisco. I have been the principal investigator on numerous grants to improve food access, expand quality and participation in federal nutrition programs, and support community participation in food system policy and planning.
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.