Food Access and Food Security
People who can easily buy affordable, healthy and culturally relevant foods are more likely to choose healthy foods. In some lower-income communities it is hard to shop for healthy foods.
The UW Center for Public Health Nutrition (CPHN) works with community partners to study food environments that make it easier for people to buy and eat healthy foods.
Current CPHN food access projects:
Washington State SNAP-Ed Farmers Market Access Evaluation
CPHN investigated the unique role and value of SNAP-Education (SNAP-Ed) contributions to Washington State farmers markets, the range of SNAP-Ed supported efforts underway in Washington farmers markets, and to what extent these efforts effect SNAP participants’ knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and shopping, purchasing, and consumption behaviors. CPHN partnered with the Washington State Department of Health, the Washington State Farmers Market Association, and other SNAP-Ed stakeholders to do this work.
- Evaluation Methodology - Washington State SNAP-Ed Farmers Markets Access Evaluation methodology.
Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Evaluation
CPHN serves as a lead evaluator for Public Health - Seattle & King County’s Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) initiative, which funds agencies implementing evidence-based and promising practices to improve nutrition and increase physical activity to reduce health disparities in south Seattle and south King County. In this role, CPHN designs and implements evaluations for several community projects, including farmers market SNAP/EBT and Fresh Bucks programming. PICH is scheduled for completion in September 2017. PICH is supported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Public Health - Seattle & King County PICH Program
- Final evaluation results will be available Summer 2017
For more information please visit the PICH program page:
Washington State Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Farmers Market Evaluation
CPHN provides ongoing evaluation support to the Washington State Department of Health’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant, which makes it easier for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to afford more fruits and vegetables. Specifically, CPHN supports the evaluation of the development and implementation of nutrition incentives in farmers markets. The FINI project is scheduled for completion in 2020. FINI is supported in part by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
- Washington State Department of Health FINI Program
For more information please visit the FINI program page:
University of Washington Nutrition Sciences graduate students often work with CPHN to conduct masters theses, capstone projects, and support our academic research.
- Peer-to-peer Promotion of Farmers Markets for Low-Income Shoppers Programs: A Review of Current Programming Nationwide - Danielle Hamilton, 2017 Masters Thesis
- Peer-to-peer Promotion of Farmers Markets for Low-Income Shoppers Programs:A Review of Current Programming Nationwide - Gaelen Ritter, 2016 Practicum
- Peer-to-peer Promotion of Farmers Markets for Low-Income Shoppers Programs: Contact Information for Nationwide Program Leaders - Gaelen Ritter, 2016 Practicum
- Exploring the Use of Seattle’s Farmers’ Market Incentive Program (“Fresh Bucks”) by Household Food Security Levels - Elizabeth Hulbrock, Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, 2016 Master's Thesis
Completed CPHN food access projects:
Regional Lead model to Promote Low-Income Shoppers' Access to Farmers Market Access Evaluation
CPHN evaluated the process and key outcomes of Washington’s “Regional Lead” program, and supported three Regional Leads in collecting evaluation data.
- Regional Lead Model - 2014 evaluation findings from the Washington State Farmers Market Association (WSFMA) Regional Lead Model evaluation.
For More Information:
Emilee Quinn, MPH
SNAP-Ed related questions:
Lina Pinero Walkinshaw, MPH
FINI related questions:
Katherine Getts, MPH, RD