Assessing readiness for establishing a farmers’ market at a community health center

Auteur(s) :
Freedman DA., Whiteside YO., Brandt HM.
Date :
Juin, 2011
Source(s) :
J Community Health.. # p
Adresse :
College of Social Work, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, University of South Carolina, DeSaussure Hall, Columbia, SC, 29205, USA, darcy.freedman@sc.edu

Sommaire de l'article

Farmers' markets are community health promotion interventions that increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables. As farmers' markets continue to develop, it is important to strategically locate them in settings that are accessible to populations disparately affected by health disparities. One potential setting is a community health center. The goal of this analysis is to extend existing research on community readiness to identify indicators of preparedness among community health centers for establishing onsite farmers' markets. The sampling frame for the readiness assessment included all community health centers in South Carolina (N = 20) representing 163 practice sites. Data collection included two brief online surveys, in-depth key informant interviews, and secondary analysis of contextual data. Five themes related to readiness for establishing a farmers market at a community health center were identified: capacity, social capital, awareness of health problems and solutions, logistical factors, and sustainability. Findings from this study provide guidance to researchers and community health center staff as they explore the development of environmental interventions focused on reducing diet-related health conditions by improving access to healthy foods.

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