Lessons learned from small store programs to increase healthy food access

Joel Gittelsohn, Melissa N. Laska, Allison Karpyn, Kristen Klingler, Guadalupe X. Ayala

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Objectives: To document implementation challenges and opportunities associated with small store interventions. Methods: Case study analysis of small store interventions conducted in 4 regions of the US. We systematically generated matrices to compare and contrast lessons learned to advance implementation science. Results: Seven thematic areas were identified including: establishing relationships with stores, store owner and customer relationships, selection of intervention approaches, stocking healthier foods, evaluation, maintenance of changes, and dissemination. Conclusions: This information provides guidance to researchers and practitioners wishing to design, implement, and evaluate small store interventions. Copyright (c) PNG Publications. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-315
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2014


  • Food
  • Intervention
  • Lessons learned
  • Small stores


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