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A Multi-Pronged Approach to Improving Healthy Food Access in Underserved Communities
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When: Thursday, February 13, 2020
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter Office
305 7th Avenue
13th Floor
New York, New York  10001
United States

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To improve healthy food access and availability in the communities where our patients and associates live, Montefiore has devised a three-pronged community strategy aimed at (1) increasing the supply/availability of healthier foods, (2) increasing the demand for healthier foods, and (3) improving the promotion and availability of healthful options through advocacy and leadership. Using geographic information systems (GIS) and electronic health record (EHR) data, the health system identifies ‘hotspots’ in patient communities, identified for high obesity rates. They then partner with local bodega owners in ‘hotspotted’ neighborhoods to address healthful-food supply, mobilize community members to purchase healthy products in local stores, engage local faith-based organizations, community centers and youth groups in activities, and facilitate community groups into becoming advocates for healthy food promotion in their neighborhoods.


An approach that goes above and beyond, recognizing the need for multiple levels of engagement, this workshop will teach attendees not only how this three-pronged strategy was implemented but how it can be replicated by others to truly support healthy communities through advocacy and community organizing practices.  



With this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of using a multi-pronged approach to improve the food environment in communities with disparate access
  • Articulate how using a data-driven approach aids in targeting interventions in areas with the greatest need

  • Identify opportunities for community engagement and capacity building to improve the food environment



NASW Member: $55 | Non-Member: $115


3 SW CE Contact Hours






Liz Spurrell-Huss, MPH, LCSW is a public health social worker at Montefiore Health System in Bronx, NY. She currently oversees community health initiatives aimed at addressing the social determinants of health. Ms. Spurrell-Huss previously worked as a clinical social worker for HIV positive youth and trauma survivors and led a Bronx-wide HIV prevention Coalition.


Ms. Spurrell-Huss earned an M.S.W. and M.P.H. from Boston University, and completed a Trauma Certification Program at Hunter College. She was a recipient of the We are the Bronx Fellowship, and co-chairs the Bronx Bodega Partners Workgroup. Ms. Spurrell-Huss is passionate about reducing health disparities and improving community wellness.





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NASW-NYC Certificates Policy


As per New York State Continuing Education guidelines, attendees must arrive on time and attend the ENTIRE workshop to receive their Continuing Education Contact Hours. Any attendees who arrive late or leaves early to a workshop will not receive their certificate, is not allowed admittance into the workshop and is also not eligible for a refund in any way. Please check transportation schedules ahead of time and plan accordingly.


We are currently transitioning from providing paper certificates to electronic ones. Please ensure that your registration information is accurate (name, e-mail, license type and number) as this will impact your continuing education certificates. NASW-NYC is not responsible for the accuracy of your registration information. To receive your certificate of completion, on the workshop date, please sign-in with your time and before you leave, initial-out with your time. Certificates will be e-mailed within 30 calendar days after workshop evaluations have been completed.



NASW-NYC Refund Policy


All refund requests must be submitted by e-mail to accounting.naswnyc@socialworkers.orgRefund e-mails must include the subject line "Refund Request" as well as the attendee's name, workshop date and title in the body of the e-mail. Valid requests must be received no later than five business days prior to course date. NASW-NYC reserves the right to refuse any refunds requested later than five days prior to the course date.


All refunds are subject to a $20.00 administrative processing fee.

Refund requests typically require 1-2 weeks processing time.

Refunds ONLY; credit cannot be issued toward a future program date or substituted for another workshop.


If the workshop is cancelled, you will be informed ahead of time and fully refunded.



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NASW New York City Chapter is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0027 and the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0060.

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