Case Study: Empowerment approaches to Food Poverty in North East Scotland: The Shaping Health programme on Learning from international experience on approaches to community power, participation and decision-making in health.

Lucia D'Ambruoso* (Corresponding Author), Pamela Ann Abbott, Flora Douglas, Emma Macpherson, Emmanuel Okpo

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Abstract

This case study examines empowerment approaches for people living in food poverty in the City of Aberdeen in the North East (NE) of Scotland. Food poverty in Scotland is a public health problem that disproportionately affects poor people. Its extent is not well measured, but in Scotland 18% of the population are estimated to live in relative income poverty. Three main groups are at risk: people who are ‘working poor’, people who are unemployed and dependent on state welfare, and people who are homeless. These groups overlap and people move between them. Neither local authorities nor health authorities directly provide or fund services
related to food poverty. They collaborate with the voluntary sector to do so. Health authorities provide evidence on reducing health inequalities, and local authorities support services delivered by the voluntary sector.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Aberdeen
Number of pages52
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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