Cuyahoga County supermarket work receives national recognition

CUYAHOGA COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH RECEIVES 2018 NACCHO MODEL PRACTICE AWARD
CCBH is one of 29 health departments nationwide to be honored for excellence
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health was presented with the 2018 Model Practice Award by the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) at its annual conference in July. The award recognizes local health departments for developing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable practices in response to a critical local public health need.
CCBH’s award-winning program, “Implementing High Quality Supermarkets Through Community Organizing and Public Health,” highlights the power of coalition building and resident participation as ways to address unjust access and supermarket quality. The program also focuses on associated issues such as community-based collaboration, employment, and resident quality of life.
OVERVIEW CCBH organized a coalition with the intent of developing a high-quality supermarket in a working-class neighborhood in the city of Euclid, an area with low access to grocery items. The supermarket implementation process was unique as it involved direct participation from nearly 600 local residents. The group offered feedback and oversight in order to ensure food quality standards, to establish and maintain relevance to the neighborhood, and to build trust and accountability with the store owner.
$650,000 was secured by CCBH from a state funding source and the City of Euclid provided $125,000 from its storefront renovation program, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The supermarket now employs 45 workers and sales of fresh produce have exceeded $400,000 in the first ten months of operation.

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Simon’s Supermarket stakeholders present at Ohio Statehouse

By: Sam Chin, Creating Healthy Communities Intern

On January 31st, legislative and state agency leaders, grocery store owners, and health service providers gathered at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio for the HFFO Statehouse Lunch Briefing hosted by the Finance Fund. The purpose of this briefing was to provide updates and share the success of current HFFO statewide projects that are improving food access in underserved communities. The five HFFO-funded projects discussed at the briefing are currently providing fresh food to over 35,000 Ohio residents. As   hese projects further establish themselves in their respective communities, the number of people being served is expected to grow tremendously. The success of Simon’s Supermarket in Euclid was shared by Kandace Jones, a former city councilwoman and current resident of Euclid, and Simon Hussain, owner of Simon’s Supermarket. Kandace attributed the success of this grocery store to Simon’s heart for the community, noting that Simon’s Supermarket, “is a business that is giving the community what they want”, as this store provides fresh produce, meats, and grocery delivery to cater to the communities’ needs. Simon cites, “a very high unemployment and no supermarket” as reasons for opening in this particular area of Euclid, and he is excited about the current success and long-term potential of this store. Among the community representatives who shared at the briefing, it was unanimously noted that these projects would not be possible without the aid of HFFO funding. Moving forward, it is our hope that these five projects can serve as leading examples to address poor food access in the under-resourced communities of Ohio and other areas across the country.

 

The Creating Healthy Communities coalition is activating communities to improve access to and affordability of healthy food, increase opportunities for physical activity, and assure tobacco-free living where Ohioans live, work and play. By implementing sustainable evidence-based strategies, CHC is creating a culture of health.

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