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Qualitative Evaluation of the STOEMP Network in Ghent: An Intersectoral Approach to Make Healthy and Sustainable Food Available to All

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Department of Marketing, Innovation and Organisation, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
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Flemish Institute of Healthy Living, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
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EuroHealthNet, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
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Institute of Health Equity, University College London, London WC1E 7HB, UK
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National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Centre for Sustainability, Environment and Health, 3720 BA Bilthoven, The Netherlands
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Department of Nutrition and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Agder, 4604 Kristiansand, Norway
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(9), 3073; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093073
Received: 5 March 2020 / Revised: 16 April 2020 / Accepted: 23 April 2020 / Published: 28 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue A More Sustainable and Healthier Future for All: What Works?)
The STOEMP network is, to our knowledge, one of the first initiatives to bring different sectors together in a municipality so as to increase accessibility to healthy and sustainable foods for all, with particular attention for the disadvantaged population. This qualitative study aimed to gain an in-depth insight into how the STOEMP network aims to reach its goal of making healthy, sustainable food available to everyone, through an intersectoral, collaborative process, exploring the facilitators and challenges of taking a systems-oriented approach to achieving this. Interviews were conducted among 15 stakeholders of the STOEMP network between March–July 2019 in Ghent (Belgium). Factors that facilitated the development and work of the network are reported, including having an external, neutral process manager, shared values, multisector engagement, enthusiasm, resources, and sense of ownership, as well as the barriers that were faced, such as time issues, uncertainty regarding continuation and funding, and discrepancy in visions. These issues reflect the strengths and challenges of taking a systems approach that aims to formulate solutions to widening access to healthy and sustainable foods. STOEMP would like to influence policy and thereby strengthen its impact, but needs further discussions to collectively formulate exact needs. View Full-Text
Keywords: INHERIT; STOEMP; Ghent; food policy; network; interviews; health; sustainability; equity; systems approach INHERIT; STOEMP; Ghent; food policy; network; interviews; health; sustainability; equity; systems approach
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Vos, M.; Romeo-Velilla, M.; Stegeman, I.; Bell, R.; van der Vliet, N.; Van Lippevelde, W. Qualitative Evaluation of the STOEMP Network in Ghent: An Intersectoral Approach to Make Healthy and Sustainable Food Available to All. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3073. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093073

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Vos M, Romeo-Velilla M, Stegeman I, Bell R, van der Vliet N, Van Lippevelde W. Qualitative Evaluation of the STOEMP Network in Ghent: An Intersectoral Approach to Make Healthy and Sustainable Food Available to All. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(9):3073. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093073

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Vos, Marjolijn, Maria Romeo-Velilla, Ingrid Stegeman, Ruth Bell, Nina van der Vliet, and Wendy Van Lippevelde. 2020. "Qualitative Evaluation of the STOEMP Network in Ghent: An Intersectoral Approach to Make Healthy and Sustainable Food Available to All" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 9: 3073. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093073

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