Track 6 - Addressing the Social Determinates of Health Through Partnerships

Sharing Session - 60 Minutes

C10 - Hospital, Public Health and Community Collaboration to Promote Healthy Food Access: Research, Resources and Success Stories

Wednesday, July 11
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: Salon H

Changes to Internal Revenue Service regulations governing the community benefit obligations of non-profit hospitals have created a new opportunity for hospitals to collaborate with public health and community partners to identify community health needs and implement community health improvement plans that address social determinants of health—including increasing access to quality, affordable food.
This session presents compelling research, examples, and lessons for hospital, public health, and community engagement partners to improve healthy food access, reduce the risk of obesity and diet-related disease, and promote healthier food environments. Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) presents findings from its Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded national study of food access-related community benefit programming, as well as its new Delivering Community Benefit: Healthy Food Playbook.
The playbook includes case studies, issue briefs, and implementation resources, providing guidance on how hospitals can collaborate with public health and community partners to develop, implement, and evaluate healthy food access initiatives for greatest impact.
The Florida Department of Health Seminole County (DOH-Seminole) presents a case study, which is featured in the playbook, of its Goldsboro Farmers Market initiative. Developed in collaboration with hospital and community partners, the Market brings fresh, healthy food to an area designated as a food desert. DOH-Seminole shares results from community input, program evaluation that informed successful implementation modifications and improved outcomes to sustain the market and capture buy-in from the community.

Keywords

Diet, Nutrition, Obesity, Social Determinants of Health, Community Health Assessment

Susan Bridle-Fitzpatrick, PhD

Senior Researcher
Health Care Without Harm

Susan Bridle-Fitzpatrick is the Senior Researcher for the national Healthy Food in Health Care program at the global non-profit organization Health Care Without Harm. This program partners with Health Care Without Harm's membership-based Practice Greenhealth to support a network of over 30% of US hospitals to implement food procurement and programmatic strategies as a core form of preventive medicine by supporting the development of healthy, resilient food systems as a pathway to community health. Susan is currently leading a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded national research project examining hospital community benefit programming to improve healthy food access, reduce the risk of obesity and diet-related disease, and promote healthier food environments. She completed her PhD at the University of Denver, where she is also adjunct faculty at the Korbel School of International Studies, teaching courses on global food and nutrition security and the social determinants of health. Susan’s previous research has examined economic, social, and environmental factors contributing to the obesity epidemic in Mexico. She has published award-winning research on the subjects of nutrition transitions, obesity, food consumption and poverty, food access and exposure, food acquisition practices, health inequalities, and regulation of unhealthy food and beverage industries.

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Susan Bridle-Fitzpatrick, PhD

Senior Researcher
Health Care Without Harm

Susan Bridle-Fitzpatrick is the Senior Researcher for the national Healthy Food in Health Care program at the global non-profit organization Health Care Without Harm. This program partners with Health Care Without Harm's membership-based Practice Greenhealth to support a network of over 30% of US hospitals to implement food procurement and programmatic strategies as a core form of preventive medicine by supporting the development of healthy, resilient food systems as a pathway to community health. Susan is currently leading a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded national research project examining hospital community benefit programming to improve healthy food access, reduce the risk of obesity and diet-related disease, and promote healthier food environments. She completed her PhD at the University of Denver, where she is also adjunct faculty at the Korbel School of International Studies, teaching courses on global food and nutrition security and the social determinants of health. Susan’s previous research has examined economic, social, and environmental factors contributing to the obesity epidemic in Mexico. She has published award-winning research on the subjects of nutrition transitions, obesity, food consumption and poverty, food access and exposure, food acquisition practices, health inequalities, and regulation of unhealthy food and beverage industries.

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Venise White, MPH, MHPE

Community Programs Manager
Florida Department of Health in Seminole County

Venise White holds and Master of Public Health and a Master of Health Promotion and Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Mrs. White is the Community Programs Manager overseeing the Office of Health Promotion and Education at the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County, where she manages the Employee Wellness Program, Outreach and Community Engagement, Diabetes Prevention Program, Goldsboro Farmers Market, Health Equity Program, Healthiest Weight Florida Initiative and Grants Administration for the agency. Mrs. White has over 20 years of public health experience working for universities, government and not-for-profit agencies in several public health areas: Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Prevention, HIV Prevention Education, Community Health and Safety, Maternal and Child Health Initiatives, Teenage Pregnancy Prevention, Cultural Relevancy and most recently Chronic Disease Prevention.

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