Online Program

Public- Private Partnerships: Working with Corner Stores and Grocery Stores to Increase Access to Healthy Foods

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Barry Keppard, AICP, Public Health Division, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Boston, MA
Improving the healthy food supply chain by partnering with local distributors, farmers, and other fresh food providers to develop systems that will enable smaller retailers to procure and offer healthier foods at a reasonable price.

Corner stores outnumber traditional groceries two to one across our project region and can play a critical role increasing access to healthy foods for residents. Our project will focus on engaging local distributors and corner stores owners to understand the barriers to serving small retailers, assessing the different models used to improve distribution, and tailoring models to fit the needs of corner stores within our project area. These stores will be able to provide healthy food items such as fruits and veggies to residents in their local communities.

Partnering with supermarkets and grocery stores to promote healthier options.

Grocery stores tend to offer a larger variety of healthier options and can be a critical partner in increasing healthy food access for residents. Though much of the emphasis has been on attracting and opening grocery stores in food deserts and other food scarce areas, there have been very few public health interventions focused on working with established stores to support environmental changes that promote and feature healthier options. Through this initiative, we will collaborate with these larger to establish changes within the store environment that encourages the purchasing and consumption of healthier items. We will support these stores to institutionalize these changes through policy changes.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Identify strategies to increase access to healthy, affordable foods in communities Discuss the roles non-traditional partners particularly private business can have on improving health

Keyword(s): Partnerships, Nutrition

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as the Manager of the Public Health Division, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). I supervise and provide technical assistance on projects supporting efforts to increase accessibility and affordability of healthful foods, adoption of comprehensive community design approaches to enhance walking, bicycling, and active transportation. He also manages the division’s health impact assessment (HIA) practice focusing on addressing health inequities. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Masters in Regional Planning.
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.