Healthy Food Access: Intervention Trends and Research Findings

March 27, 2015: From the establishment of state and national financing programs that support the development of supermarkets in low income communities to improving corner stores’ inventory to promote health, innovative approaches to change the food environment to influence public health are gaining momentum nationally. This talk will review the history of the “movement” and will include an emphasis on recent strategies, including those underway as part of community benefit efforts. A review of several recent studies related to the impact of food retail efforts on diet and health outcomes will also be presented.

This presentation is appropriate for anyone interested in current research and innovative methods to improve healthy food access in communities.

At the end of the talk you will be able to:

  • Describe the healthy food financing program and similar state-wide programs
  • Understand the state of the evidence on farmers market nutrition program vouchers, and similar programs like FMNP
  • Describe efforts that use community benefit funds to support food programs in hospitals
  • Describe recent efforts to work with retails to market healthier foods in grocery stores

Dr. Karpyn is Associate Director of the Center for Research in Education and Social Policy and Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Delaware.