Making the Health Case for SFC - a tool for Public Health

As part of our effort to help Network members to ‘make the case’ about the value of their work, we commissioned a study to capture senior public health professionals’ views on their local SFC partnership and programme.

27 interviews were undertaken at the end of 2017 by Sabrina King, a postgraduate student at the University of the West of England. The responses, which are contained in this report, are overwhelmingly positive and suggest that SFC can make a key contribution to achieving public health goals.

This report is a summary of a more detailed study which outlines the survey methodology and includes responses to additional lines of enquiry.

Key findings:

  • 100% of interviewees saw value in having a broad cross-sector food partnership and in taking a holistic approach to food issues.
  • 96% of interviewees found value in having a dedicated local SFC coordinator in place to help coordinate and drive their local programme.
  • 63% of interviewees scored a 4 or 5 (on a scale of 0-5) for the degree to which their local SFC initiative contributed to ‘Improving access to affordable healthy food’.

Download the Summary Report ‘Making the case for a place based systems approach to healthy and sustainable food. Public Health professionals’ assessment of Sustainable Food Cities’.

Download the Full Report.



Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities

Sustainable Food Cities is a partnership programme run by

Soil Association

Food Matters

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation 

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