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Increasing access to healthy food: Best practices in developing healthy corner store initiatives
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When: July 1, 2015
12 noon - 1:30 pm EDT
Where: Webinar
Contact: Cheryl Welbeck
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The webinar will provide an overview of how to implement a small/corner store program to increase access to healthy food, including fundamental program components, high-level best practices and opportunities to link other community health programs and policy initiatives.


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Learning Objectives

Participants will learn:

§  How a healthy small/corner store program fits into a comprehensive approach to healthy food access in a region

§  The fundamental components of a healthy small/corner store program

§  High-level best practices in healthy small/corner store programs

§  Opportunities to link other community health programs and policy initiatives to a healthy small/corner store program such as healthcare screenings and incentive programs

§  Resources for further learning, technical assistance and support.



Karen Shore, MPH, Director of Consulting, The Food Trust

Karen Shore has 19 years of experience in the intersection between program management and public health. She leads an 11-person Consulting team for The Food Trust, and is responsible for the design, implementation, financial management, staff and team management, and strategic direction for projects throughout the United States, including all healthy corner store projects outside of the Philadelphia region. Karen also leads the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Technical Assistance contract with The Food Trust, where she oversees the provision of food access technical assistance to PICH, REACH, National Organization, Land Grant University and Tribal Organization grantees nationwide, many of which include healthy food retail initiatives. In addition, Karen led a major 18-month project with USDA Food and Nutrition Service to coordinate with a team of nationally-recognized experts from academia, public health, and industry to develop new in-store marketing strategies to effectively promote healthier foods to low-income SNAP participants.


Prior to joining The Food Trust, Karen worked as a senior program manager on the global health team at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she oversaw multiple, mission-critical projects for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For four years, Karen served as a member of the board of directors at the third oldest food co-operative in the United States with a strong focus on partnerships with local producers and community engagement. Karen is also on the board of directors of the Swarthmore Farmers Market, where she leads business and community engagement activities and serves regularly as the volunteer Market Manager. Karen also co-founded and continues to lead Sunday Suppers, a charitable organization that prepares and delivers fresh, homemade, and nutritious meals to seniors in need. Karen holds a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins, where she was aligned with the school’s Center for a Livable Future, and received her B.A. from Smith College.  She is based in Philadelphia.


Juan Vila, Project Manager, Food Trust

Juan Vila is an expert in healthy corner store program design and implementation, and brings to bear nearly four years of on-the-ground experience in Philadelphia’s Healthy Corner Store Initiative, as well as expertise regarding best practices from his work nationally consulting on corner store projects. Currently on the Consulting team, Juan started with the Healthy Corner Store Initiative in Philadelphia in 2010 and was the first Recruitment and Outreach Associate on the ground for the city-wide expansion of over 600 corner stores in Philadelphia. As a Project Coordinator for the Philadelphia Healthy Corner Store Initiative, Juan was also instrumental in the conversion of over 300 corner stores and was responsible for training new staff, including some of the “stars” in the Philadelphia regional program today. Since 2013, Juan has worked for Karen Shore in support of The Food Trust’s corner store consulting projects throughout the country, including Phoenix, Houston, Austin, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver and Appalachian Kentucky. Juan has also been supporting a healthy corner store initiative in San Jose for nearly two years. Juan is fluent in Spanish and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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