Understanding the Access, Utilization, and Impact of Farmers' Markets among Bronx Residents

By: Elys Vasquez-Iscan   Monica Stanton Koko   Antonia Perkins   Tamara Grant   Herve Fossou   Barbara Amonoo  

Over the past 7 years The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's County Health Rankings has rated Bronx County as having the poorest health and social outcomes from all of the counties in New York State. Although in the past 4 years there has been an increase in farmer's markets citywide, the Bronx has experience a 10% decline. During this same period the Bronx residents have had a 5% annual decrease in the consumption of fruits and vegetables. The Bronx is also noted to be one of the poorest congressional areas in the United State causing it to have pockets of extreme poverty where individuals are more likely to suffer disproportionate levels of negative health outcomes. Such as in the South Bronx where nearly 1 in 3 (31%) adults is considered obese and 15% of the adult population reports being diabetic, due to structural barriers including historical and contemporary structural racism as well as modifiable risk factors such as diet. As an example of structural barriers the Bronx is inundated with fast food establishments and bombarded with with fast food marketing. This proposed discussion will be guided by the findings of a farmer's market survey that accessed eating and food purchasing behavior among Bronx residents. The proposed discussion will uphold a socio-ecological framework that will facilitate a group discussion on the proximal and distal factors influencing individual behavior.

Farmer's Market
Food, Nutrition, and Health
Focused Discussion

Dr. Elys Vasquez-Iscan

Assistant Professor/Faculty, Education Department, Hostos Community College of The City University of New York, United States
United States

Professor Vasquez-Iscan’s research interest entail analyzing online research to identify coping responses to stress among vulnerable populations; development of strategies for multicultural competence among health professionals; evaluating the impact of e-health on health disparities; capacity building for local and international disease prevention efforts; utilization of community based participatory research for health promotion and community empowerment. Professor Vasquez-Iscan has worked as a program planner for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and has extensive work experience in community organizing as well as health promotion in multicultural settings. Professor Vasquez-Iscan teaches nutrition courses at Hostos Community College and oversees the implementation of the new interdisciplinary food studies program.

Dr. Monica Stanton Koko

Faculty, Mercy College, United States
United States

Antonia Perkins

Research Assistant, Hostos Community College of the City University of New York, United States
United States

Tamara Grant

Research Assistant, City University of New York, United States
United States

Herve Fossou

Research Assistant, City UIniversity of New York, United States
United States

Barbara Amonoo

Student, Health Science, Mercy College, United States
United States