Online Program

Opportunities for Improving Food Landscapes

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Angela Odoms-Young, PhD, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

This session will explore the social and economic factors that contribute to disparities in food access in Illinois and selected policy and community-based initiatives across the state to promote health equity.  The session will focus on policies both at the macro-level such as taxation, zoning, laws, as well as micro-level approaches such as promoting policy changes to improve healthy food access within organizations (e.g. churches, schools, etc.). Special attention will be given to highlighting community-driven strategies (including urban agriculture and corner store interventions) and lessons learned. 

Learning Areas:

Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe food access patterns and trends in Illinois. Discuss how race and poverty contribute to disparities in food access. List at least five innovative policy initiatives in Illinois to address food access disparities.

Keyword(s): Economic Analysis, Social Justice

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr. Odoms-Young is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition and Co-Director of the Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion in the Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research is focused on understanding social, cultural, and environmental determinants of dietary behaviors and diet-related diseases in low-income and African-American/Latino populations.
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.