142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Bridging Food Deserts and Creating Healthy Local Food Systems

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 : 12:30 PM - 12:50 PM

Ann M. Carroll, MPH , (Bloomberg School of Public Health, John's Hopkins University), US EPA, Office of Brownfields Cleanup and Revitalization, Washington DC, DC
Urban agriculture and community gardens have been proposed as an alternative path to improving food access in underserved food desert areas.  However systems to identify and ensure safe site selection are piecemeal and need further strengthening.  To begin filling that gap, EPA published interim guidelines for Brownfields and Urban Agriculture in 2010 (http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/urbanag/pdf/bf_urban_ag.pdf).  EPA's Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization and other land cleanup programs, children's health and environmental justice leaders recognized the opportunities gardens provide in underserved areas. 

Discussants will include Dr. Leslie Rubin, a pediatrician with Emory University and lead organization of Breaking the Cycle, an annual conference on addressing health disparities who's 8th 2013 conference shed new light on gardens as agents for change.  Art McCabe manages the Community Development Department in the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts where the City is using innovative garden approaches to address gang violence. Dr David Wallinga will share lessons on research, outreach and lessons learned from Healthy Food Action to create healthier local and sustainable food systems.

This panel discussion will discuss the risks and benefits of brownfield revitalization and ways to protect public health while expanding safe growing areas that are growing communities of care with new skills and new ways to create healthier communities.   This panel also will highlight urban agriculture and other examples of successful projects launched on formerly contaminated properties and new ways public health leaders can work with environmental and community development leaders in making sustainable safe spaces.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Environmental health sciences
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe communities where brownfield and contaminated land revitalization is improving community food access. Discuss recent site findings, information gaps and needed steps to improve community food access. Highlight examples of brownfield community garden and urban farm projects to address gang violence, create new job skills and address other health and equity issues. Define other healthy food actions work reaching underserved communities with information, training and access to services that is improving healthy food access and new community relationships with food.

Keyword(s): Environmental Health, Food Security

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the national program lead for public health in the EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization. My colleagues and I have developed Interim Guidelines on Brownfields and Community Gardens and support community garden, urban agriculture and revitalization projects nationwide and continue to highlight how brownfields and land revitalization can improve food access in underserved areas where brownfields are found.
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.