142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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United For Health: Community Engagement Strategies to Support Food Innovation, Equity, and Community Economic Development as a Prevention Strategy in Los Angeles

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 12:30 PM - 12:50 PM

Lark Galloway-Gilliam, MPA , Community Health Councils, Los Angeles, CA
Gwendolyn Flynn , Nutrition Resources Development, Community Health Councils, Los Angeles, CA
Malcolm Carson, JD , Environmental Health, Community Health Councils,, Los Angeles, CA
LaVonna Lewis, PhD, MPH , Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Hector Gutierrez, MURP , Nutrition Resource Development, Community Health Councils, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles is a global city that attracts industry, people, and wealth. The city is also a place where intractable social problems like poverty, food insecurity, and health disparities run rampant. Community Health Councils (CHC), a community-based non-profit health policy organization in South Los Angeles and a consortium of community organizations known as United for Health (UH) are working in partnership with public officials, other community-based organizations and area residents to transform that reality. Using evidence-based policy, programmatic, environmental and systems changes, UH partners have been able to leverage skills, expertise, resources, and community relationships to influence health policy and drive toward health equity in the communities of Boyle Heights, Central Los Angeles, Pacoima, South Los Angeles, and Wilmington. Using community-based participatory research, including community forums and innovative approaches to engagement, United for Health has been able to advance strategies that focus on prevention as a tool for catalytic investment that support equitable access to healthy choices in Los Angeles.  Through its multi-sectorial collaborative, UH partners have been able to advance strategies that include: (1) increased EBT access at farmers markets; (2) improved land-use and community design standards to support health; and (3) a community toolkit that helps support food innovation and economic development grounded in community. Together, UH partners and the five communities they represent are at the forefront of creating a new vision for their community and paving the way for new ways of organizing and strategizing to make lasting change that addresses health inequities in Los Angeles.

Learning Areas:

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

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate effective community engagement models that support health, equity, and community driven economic development as a prevention strategy. Discuss challenges and opportunities for program interventions that help support food access and help improve quality of life Identify best practices for public engagement, community-based participatory research, and policy education.

Keyword(s): Food Security, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a seasoned policy analyst with extensive experience doing policy work around health equity and food justice. My interest lie in economic development strategies that help support community mobility, food access, equitable planning, and systems change.
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.