Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Alum reviews food policy in journal article

Carly Hood

2012 alum Carly Hood is lead author on an article published in the Wisconsin Medical Journal.

Hood wrote "Promoting Healthy Food Consumption: A Review of State-Level Policies to Improve Access to Fruits and Vegetables" with Ana Martinez-Donate and Amy Meinen.

They review state-level policy options recently proposed or implemented across the United States. They provide an evidence-based lens through which food access policy can be shaped in the Midwest. This review and potential framework uses Wisconsin to illustrate the feasibility of different state-level decisions and their potential impact on particu­lar populations. Future supply-side policies to consider include expanding Electronic Benefit Transfer to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children program and farmers markets, incentivizing the purchase of locally grown produce, assisting local specialty farmers directly, and/or establishing a state-level food policy council. This review reveals that a food policy council would create a more sustainable policy analysis process to better ensure comprehensive policy that encompasses production, distribution and purchase of locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Hood earned a Master of Public Affairs and a master of public health through the La Follette School's Master of Public Affairs and master of public health dual-degree program. She is a post master's fellow with the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

A version of this article appears in the spring 2013 La Follette Notes.