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Healthy Corner Stores in Sonoma County


In June 2012, as part of an economic development strategy, the City of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, California, changed its General Plan and Zoning Code to create jobs and bring fresh food choices to more neighborhoods. Increasing the availability of healthy food as part of an economic development strategy did not originate in Sonoma County, but the work of the county’s Healthy Food Outlet Project, its challenges, successes, partnerships and leadership, can shed light on how health departments and local governments can forge partnerships that lead to healthier and more economically viable communities.

Primary Toolkit:

Chronic Disease Prevention Toolkit

Secondary Toolkits:

CDC Winnable Battles

Keyword Area:

Chronic Disease, Corner Stores, Healthy Food Access


Institutional Author:

Center for Civic Partnerships




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