Corner Store Makeovers in East Los Angeles: Improving Healthy Food Access

Principal Investigators: Alexander N. Ortega, CSRC associate director, professor of Health Policy and Management, and director, Center for Population Health and Health Disparities; Deborah Glik, ScD; Michael Prelip, DPA, MPH, CHES, CPH

Description: To address food access disparities in East LA, this project will 'make over' four corner stores, a common venue for food purchasing. The research team will partner with store owners to expand offerings of fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy food, increase healthy food marketing in stores, and improve the stores' visibility in the community. The research team will also partner with youth at a local high school to create and distribute outreach and education materials for community members about healthy food purchasing, preparation and eating. By partnering with both stores and the community, we hope to make over not only the stores themselves, but also to expand the market for healthy food in East LA.

Media Coverage:
"You Can Now Buy Quinoa at 7-Eleven--Is That a Good Thing?" (PDF)
Takepart, October 2, 2014
"High School Students Respond to Public Health Challenge"
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health website, March 31, 2014 (PDF)
"It Takes More Than a Produce Aisle to Refresh a Food Desert"
NPR, The Salt, February 10, 2014 (PDF)
"Diabetes, Cost of Health Care Top Health Concerns for Latinos"
NPR, Morning Edition, January 21, 2014 (PDF)
"Market Makeover: Euclid Market Transformation"
KCET, ArtBound, December 12, 2013 (PDF)
"Market Makeover: Transforming Boyle Heights' Sociedad and Euclid Stores"
KCET, ArtBound, November 22, 2013 (PDF)
"Aspen Challenge LA: Challenge 1 - Alex Ortega, Professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health" 
February 8, 2014 (YouTube)
"The State of L.A.'s Plate"
A Zócalo/UCLA event, November 18, 2013 (PDF)