142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Improving Community Health and Prevention through the Healthy Eating Priority Area

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

Michele A. Kelley, ScD, MSW, MA , School of Public Health, Division of Community Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
This session will focus on the National Prevention Strategy (NPS) Priority Area of Healthy Eating. Key recommendations from the NPS healthy eating include:

1) Increase access to healthy and affordable foods in communities,
2) Implement organizational and programmatic nutrition standards and policies,
3) Improve nutritional quality of the food supply,
4) Help people recognize and make healthy food and beverage choices, and
5) Support policies and programs that promote breastfeeding. (National Prevention Council, 2011)

Many communities have been organizing to do this work over the past few years; however best practices are not yet clear and case studies are needed to identify lessons learned.
In this session, we will carry out an active, participant engaged discussion of focused topics that will inform the NPS leadership of possible areas for technical assistance resource development and shared learning. The focused topics for discussion are: (a) Building partnerships across sectors and diverse contexts (b) finding common ground, decision-making and power sharing (c) policy development at the local level (upstream and downstream issues and ripple effects); (d) enhancing capacities, mutual learning and sustainability. A brief summary of our shared understanding and common concerns will be reported back to the larger session for a response and future action from the national NPS leadership.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Discuss their position on facilitators and barriers to carrying out work at the local level to advance healthy eating. Identify common concerns and technical assistance / capacity needs for engaging in work to address healthy eating.

Keyword(s): Food Security, Chronic Disease Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a member of the PHSW section, and hold an academic appointment in an accredited School of Public Health. I have been involved with APHA scientific session organizing and presentations for over 30 years.
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.