Online Program

Developing community capacity to increase the availability of healthy foods in corner stores

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Lara Jaskiewicz, PhD, MBA, MPH, School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI
Rachael Dombrowski, MPH, Office of Student Health and Wellness, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL
Gina Massuda Barnett, MPH, Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion, Cook County Department of Public Health, Oak Forest, IL
Steven Seweryn, EdD, MPH, Community Epidemiology and Health Planning Unit, Cook County Department of Public Health, Oak Forest, IL
Maryann Mason, PhD, Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL
In 2010, the suburban Cook County, IL, Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative (CPPW) commissioned a report on food access in suburban Cook County. The report identified a number of suburbs with low access to stores selling a variety of healthy foods. In response, the initiative developed a healthy corner store project to improve the availability of healthy foods in existing stores. Due to the size and sprawl of suburban Cook County, the project worked through local community institutions in ten municipalities to recruit corner stores and promote changes. This required training and support of the community-based staff partnering on the project. At the end of the project a program evaluation included interviews with key community staff working on the project in their communities. The evaluation found that training and project materials were helpful. The support of county CPPW initiative staff was particularly helpful to local partners. All partnering institutions faced organizational capacity limitations and staff worked part-time on the project. Institutions that had more financial or staffing uncertainty leaned more heavily on CPPW initiative staff for support. At the end of the project, three of the 8 partnering institutions were planning ways to continue with the project, or were looking for new funding to expand it in their service areas.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Identify barriers to community partners in carrying out food access programs. Describe steps that can be taken to increase community capacity to increase the availability of healthy foods.

Keyword(s): Community Capacity, Food and Nutrition

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I developed and managed both the project and its evaluation. Access to foods is my area of research interest.
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.