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Spring Symposium on UR and Community Engagement has ended
Tuesday, April 24 • 1:20pm - 1:40pm
Cultural Competence In Improving Food Access In Immigrant Communities

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I am reviewing the most culturally competent approaches to improving food access in immigrant communities. The goal of this research is to identify the purchasing, cooking and dietary choices, as well as to recognize the most advantageous approaches to improving food access, in ways that are appropriate for these populations. Food is at the heart of identity for people around the world. Our country also has a precedent set as a melting pot of cultures and identities. Our immigrant population is steadily increasing every year; the US Census anticipates, that within the next 25 years, population growth will result in over half of our population identifying as non-white, and that by 2060, 20% of Americans will be born outside of the country. In order to accommodate this population, we need to find new approaches to improving food access in immigrant communities. The “food desert” metric measures distance between supermarkets, which are a characteristically Western means of interacting with food. People of Latin, Asian and other backgrounds have dietary lifestyles that cannot be (nutritiously) accommodated by the selection in the average supermarket. Supermarkets perpetuate the Standard American Diet, which is associated with higher risk for heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Ethnic food markets have the capacity to bridge the gaps in food access for these communities. In the Asheville area, we are collecting data on the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at Ethnic Food Markets. This will help to gain perspective on what is available regionally for nutrient dense options, as well as where opportunities lie for improvement.


Tuesday April 24, 2018 1:20pm - 1:40pm
406 Sherrill Center

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