Nov 12, 2014
Slides Available – November 12 Webinar on Brownfields to Healthfields: Pathways to Healthy Food Access
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The movement of transforming brownfields into healthfields – a use that improves health through access to healthcare, preventive care, or healthy food – has flourished in recent years. These projects have dramatically improved neighborhoods by turning abandoned properties that create blight into healthcare facilities, gardens, or markets that serve a pressing community need. This webinar focused on healthfields that provide access to healthy food for communities that lack such access. For these "food deserts" where access to healthy food is limited, a farmer’s market, fresh food retailer, or community garden have important health and community benefits. Attendees heard from Miles Ballogg, Director of Brownfields and Economic Development at Cardno TBE, who first coined the term "healthfields" and has guided many brownfields-to-healthfields projects in Florida and beyond. Attendees also heard about The Food Trust and its national initiatives to incentivize these projects, work with multiple partners, and tap into federal and local funding sources. Finally, attendees heard about federal programs that provide funding and technical support to make these projects a reality.