Online Program

Our Space Our Food Our Bed Stuy

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 9:20 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Phung Tran-Khamphounvong, MPH, CPH, School of Public Health, CUNY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, New York City, NY
Makia Harper, Integrated Media Studies, City University of New York, New York, NY
Uki Lau, New York City, NY
Samantha Riddell, New York City, NY
Our Space, Our Food, Our Bed-Stuy is a 13-minute short documentary film examining lack of healthy foods available to members of Brooklyn, New York’s historically African-American neighborhood, Bedford Stuyvesant.

Income, race/ethnicity and distance from an urban center are associated with poor food environments. Approximately, 13.5 million Americans live in a “food desert” - an area that has low access to supermarkets or large grocery stores. In urban areas, like New York City, small convenience stores, also called bodegas may be the sole source for food and may not be considered an area designated as a “food desert.” Approximately 176 bodegas, are in Bed Stuy, and make up approximately 81% of food stores in the neighborhood. However, only 1 in 3 bodegas carry healthy foods like reduced-fat milk, fresh vegetables and fruits. Bed Stuy is considered one of the sickest neighborhoods as indicated by high rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes among its residents.

Through the lens of local residents, shop owners, gardeners, and activists, Our Space, Our Food, Our Bed-Stuy explores the multifaceted nature of Bed-Stuy's food access issues. This film is intended to inform and mobilize  local community members as well as those in other communities with a similar food landscape. “Our Space” explores the grassroots initiatives that address the problem every step of the way.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Discuss obstacles to accessing healthy foods as perceived by community members and local residents in an urban New York City neighborhood. Identify the changes to the environment or other factors that affect access to healthy foods. Discuss community-based, governmental and organizational strategies that address healthy food access.

Keyword(s): Advocacy for health and health education, Diversity and culture

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I do not have a conflict of interest as identified in the APHA Conflict of Interest of Policy; the Continuing Education Content Integrity Standard; and the Commercial and Sponsorship Support Standards.
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.