Title

Goals, Strategies, and Solutions for a Healthier Community

Lead Author Major

Sociology

Format

Oral Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Alison Alkon

Faculty Mentor Department

Sociology

Abstract/Artist Statement

How is health being promoted at Boggs Tract Community Center? Over a four month period of time I was able to perform a combination of participant observation research and interviews at my fieldwork site. As a volunteer at Boggs Tract Community Center (BTCC) I helped in promoting the importance of proper diet and physical exercise for individuals, seniors, and families. Other contributions included distributing, sorting, and packaging donated food i tems, Emergency Food Services, Commodity Food Distribution, Brown Bag Program and so forth to predominantly people of color. In all, I found that the center’s approach to health disparities was more effective and successful in reaching the community than other case studies, because the staff members and volunteers share similar race and class backgrounds with their clients. Therefore the clients were more eager to listen and take part in BTCC’s mission towards a solution for the growing epidemic of obesity and diet related diseases especially among children.

Location

DeRosa University Center, Room 211

Start Date

26-4-2014 1:00 PM

End Date

26-4-2014 4:40 PM

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Goals, Strategies, and Solutions for a Healthier Community

DeRosa University Center, Room 211

How is health being promoted at Boggs Tract Community Center? Over a four month period of time I was able to perform a combination of participant observation research and interviews at my fieldwork site. As a volunteer at Boggs Tract Community Center (BTCC) I helped in promoting the importance of proper diet and physical exercise for individuals, seniors, and families. Other contributions included distributing, sorting, and packaging donated food i tems, Emergency Food Services, Commodity Food Distribution, Brown Bag Program and so forth to predominantly people of color. In all, I found that the center’s approach to health disparities was more effective and successful in reaching the community than other case studies, because the staff members and volunteers share similar race and class backgrounds with their clients. Therefore the clients were more eager to listen and take part in BTCC’s mission towards a solution for the growing epidemic of obesity and diet related diseases especially among children.