Tweetchats are an excellent way to hold a virtual conversation and share resources about a specific topic. Salud America! recently hosted the #SaludTues “Closer to My Grocer” tweetchat.
We’ve taken some of the comments and resources mentioned in those tweets and matched them with our tools, maps, and features so that you can take this information and turn it into real change in your community.
Interested organizations join in on the Tweechats to share and learn from each other. These are just a few from the “Closer to My Grocer” chat.
Tweetchats are organized into questions. Q1 means Question 1 and A1 indicates an answer to Q1. We won’t look at every question in this article, but we’ll hit the highlights and show you how to explore more.
We shared this map in the Tweetchat to illustrate the difficulty some families face in accessing healthy food.
Learn from the experiences and expertise of others working to increase access to healthy food by reading some of these Commons features.
- A Texas physician was educating patients on healthy food options, but they told her they didn’t have a place to purchase vegetables and fruit. Her solution was to put a farmers market in the lobby of her clinic.
- ChangeLab Solutions worked on improving the retail environment when a California Department of Public Health survey revealed that alcohol is more widely available than milk or fresh produce. They also have resources for improving access to healthy food at food banks and giving businesses the incentive to promote healthy lifestyles.
When information and stories are paired with visual data, it illustrates to policy makers where programs and policy change can make a real difference. Here we look at access to grocery stores for three counties in New York, including the one where the MyTown Marketplace is located.
When it comes to working for policy change, finding your community advocates is crucial.
- Aliya Hussaini from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation introduces us to one such organizer and his rules of engagement in her Guest Voice Community Leaders are Everywhere.
- Prevention Institutes’ Linda Shak and Lily Swartz tell us how local leaders and elected officials can become your biggest allies in Cultivating Prevention Champions. Their Guest Voice offers insights, resources, and a toolkit for working with decision-makers.