Continuing the Conversation Webinar, May 18, 2011

Topic: Farmers Markets! Corner Store Conversions! Are they enough to change community health?

Speaker: Michael Prelip, DPA, MPH, CHES, CPH
Adjunct Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences
Field Program Supervisor
UCLA Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health

Environmental interventions aimed at improving the diet of communities are gaining momentum and often focus on improving food deserts, communities that are lacking in available and accessible sources of healthful food especially fruits and vegetables. There is much promise in environmental food access interventions that include Farmers Markets, Corner store conversions, Food Co-Ops, and Fruit and Vegetable Stands. But many questions remain unanswered, most importantly, is improving access sufficient to see real and sustained changes in behaviors of community members?

Mike Prelip is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA School of Public Health. He is responsible for supervising the field studies component of the Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree. Additionally, he teaches courses in community-based program planning, research and evaluation, fund development, community organization, and leadership and empowerment.

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