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Food Deserts and Public Health Outcomes in Indiana

At this seminar we will discuss the results of a health impact assessment of the potential development of a full service grocery store within the Meadows community in Indianapolis, which is designated as a federal food desert by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Like residents of food deserts across the country, Meadows residents have more hospitalization rates for nutrition related illnesses and have very limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables within the community. The research, designed to inform public policy, included key informant interviews, neighborhood surveys, the nutrition environment survey, a literature review, and a baseline health assessment of the community. Cynthia Stone will share the results and the policy recommendations, and open up for a discussion of the ethics of this growing public health threat.

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Cynthia Stone joined the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health in 2007 after having taught for fifteen years at IU School of Nursing in the graduate and undergraduate programs. In addition to teaching, she serves as a health policy and management concentration advisor. Her research activities have focused on educational and program evaluation. She earned a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s Degree in Community Health Nursing from Wayne State University and a BSN degree from the University of Michigan. In addition to academia, Stone worked worked as a public health nurse for the Stark County Health Department in Canton, Ohio, the Visiting Nurse Association of Metropolitan Detroit and Allegheny Home Care in Pittsburgh, PA, and managed one of the Allegheny Home Care Offices.

Thursday April 17, 2014 04:00 PM
Thursday April 17, 2014 05:30 PM
Poynter Center - 618 E. Third Street Bloomington, IN 47405
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