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Urban food deserts to be topic at Rices Baker Institute March 7

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid [email protected] [email protected] Urban ‘food deserts’ to be topic at Rice’s Baker Institute March 7 HOUSTON – (March 1, 2016) – Leading public health scholar Alex Ortega will speak at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy March 7 on current research on food-environment interventions. Ortega will highlight the example of a comprehensive corner-store intervention in two neighboring Los Angeles Latino communities that were classified as “food deserts.”Hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, the event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.Who: Alex Ortega, professor and chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy and director of the Center for Population Health and Community Impact at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health.Dr. Quianta Moore, scholar in health policy at the Baker Institute, will give welcoming remarks.What: A luncheon presentation titled “The Link Between Urban Food Deserts and Community Health.”When: Monday, March 7, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon; Ortega’s presentation will begin at 12:20.Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.Improving access to healthy food should lead to better health outcomes in low-income communities, but research has reached mixed conclusions, according to event organizers. This event will provide an introduction to existing research on food-environment interventions. Ortega will describe a comprehensive corner-store intervention in two neighboring Los Angeles Latino communities that were classified as “food deserts.” 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. At the Baker Institute event, Ortega will discuss study findings, lessons learned and larger implications for community health.The public must register to attend this event at https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG7799.jpg” alt=”last_img” />

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