Highlights from the BHCK Program
Years 2011 - Current
- Providing technical assistance to The Baltimore City Health Department on its Healthy Corner Store Program which is based on the BHCK model.
- Providing technical assistance to The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks who expressed interest in sustaining our youth leader program.
- Partnering with Gather Baltimore, to connect surplus produce from farmer’s markets and distributors to corner stores and recreation centers.
- Working with a student to complete cost analysis so we can share our study with other agencies.
- Sending SMS to approximately 200 families and our online social media (Facebook, twitter, Instagram) content reaches about 1000 people per week.
- Conducted a pilot intervention pairing local corner stores with nearby urban farms that deliver fresh produce on a regular basis.
- Partnered with 14 Baltimore-based recreation centers, which serve as hubs for our efforts.
- Conducted an eight-week pilot intervention with youth in a local recreation center promoting healthy cooking and family meals.
- Conducted dozens of in-depth interviews and focus groups with kids and caregivers to help design our program.
- Created store and carryout owner training videos that were shared with 21 stores
- Received grants from the Abell Foundation, Kids Cook Mondays, Johns Hopkins University Urban Health Institute, General Mills, PepsiCo and the Urbanite, which help us provide support and incentives to corner stores and carryouts.
- Created tablet-based computer software that uses GIS technology to collect information about where study participants purchase food and helps us to determine the best stores to work with.