The Link Between Urban Food Deserts and Community Health

The Link Between Urban Food Deserts and Community Health

Improving access to healthy food should lead to better health outcomes in low-income communities, but research has reached mixed conclusions. This event provided an introduction to existing research on food environment interventions. Featured speaker Alex Ortega described a comprehensive corner store intervention in two neighboring Latino communities, classified as food deserts, in Los Angeles, California. The intervention, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, involved multiple community partners, health policy stakeholders, business owners and high schools. During this event, Ortega discussedstudy findings, lessons learned and larger implications for community health.

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Welcome and Introduction

Quianta Moore, M.D., J.D.
Baker Institute Scholar in Health Policy

Featured Speaker

Community-engaged, Multi-level Health Disparities Research: The East Los Angeles Food Study
Alex Ortega, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Health Management and Policy, and Director, Center for Population Health and Community Impact, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University


11:45 am — Registration
Noon — Lunch
12:20 pm — Presentation

A brief question-and-answer session will follow.



Mon, March 7, 2016
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

Event has ended


James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77005

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