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Lessons Learned From Small Store Programs to Increase Healthy Food Access

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Objectives: To document implementation challenges and opportunities associated with small store interventions. Methods: Case study analysis of small store interventions conducted in 4 regions of the US. We systematically generated matrices to compare and contrast lessons learned to advance implementation science. Results: Seven thematic areas were identified including: establishing relationships with stores, store owner and customer relationships, selection of intervention approaches, stocking healthier foods, evaluation, maintenance of changes, and dissemination. Conclusions: This information provides guidance to researchers and practitioners wishing to design, implement, and evaluate small store interventions.


Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Center for Human Nutrition, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA. 2: Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA 3: Research and Evaluation, The Food Trust, Philadelphia PA, USA 4: Division of Policy and Community Programs, Minneapolis Health Department, Minneapolis, MN, USA 5: San Diego State University, Graduate School of Public Health, and the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health, San Diego, CA, USA

Publication date: March 1, 2014

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