Our fellowship objective is to improve the understanding of the current and potential role of public and farmers markets to address their impact at all levels – from the individual to the societal. Through this effort, we hope to utilize research to inform practice, and to equip market practitioners, to educate the public health world and to better communicate with policy makers. Finally, we hope that our research will influence various social investors and funders to turn their interest in fostering the markets-health link.
The final products of the research are aimed to offer the practitioners the appropriate tools to design their own markets to reach wider goals, to measure whether they have reached them, and to test the appropriateness of the market strategies within the “market-health continuum”. The market-health strategies will be examined in a two-way manner: the market (or economic) strategies employed in the United States to be adopted into settings in the developing/transitional economy, and public health strategies employed in the developing/transitional economy, to be adopted into the setting in the United States. We hope to inform the public health leaders – academia or practitioners – of the crucial role of markets in improving the social determinants of health disparities of the disadvantaged.
The fellowship is not only about our research "product"- we want to identify and cultivate emerging leaders for the field. We hope to offer the fellows every year with robust field experience, disciplined research methodology and ample exposure to the existing leaders and best practices.
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