Online Program

Mapping the Food Environment to Inform Community Health Intervention Strategies: A Community-University Partnership

Monday, November 2, 2015

Michelle Kaiser, PhD, MSW, MPH, College of Social Work, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Molly Stout, MS, CHES, Creating Healthy Communities, Columbus Public Health, Columbus, OH
Glennon Sweeney, MS, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Multifaceted causes and consequences of food insecurity require collaborative work across multiple disciplines and with community partners. We seek a means of evaluating and selecting sustainable interventions that may be tested to improve food security and community health.

Our specific aims include: 1.) Developing a comprehensive, user-friendly food access data hub to facilitate collaboration for food mapping-related research to maximize community benefit, 2.) Integrating secondary and primary data sets related to food security, food access, food production, health, community assets, sociodemographic variables, and food affordability, 3.) Integrating mapping and modeling methodologies, and testing and improving food environment indicators for use in evaluating policy interventions. 

We have worked for 2 years to develop and administer a food mapping survey coupled with secondary data that will be used to inform policymakers and community-level interventions related to food access, food security, food production, and dietary health consequences.  We have used a variety of engagement methods, especially prioritizing potential impact and community agency needs.  Our unique 25-member group includes nonprofit leaders of an urban farm, a foodbank serving a 20-county area, and a food advocacy agency; leaders from the health department and a healthy corner store initiative; mapping experts from an urban and regional analysis center and from a specialized center for the study of race and ethnicity; as well as faculty and students from seven colleges.  

This is an exciting project that showcases interdisciplinary community-university partnerships that address challenging contemporary issues that focus on community needs.

Learning Areas:

Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe methods used to engage community agency leaders and university faculty in the development of a food mapping team. Identify ways that partnerships between community agencies and university faculty can be formed and maintained. Demonstrate how to meet community agency needs and university faculty needs in terms of outputs. Describe ways to address challenges of maintaining community-university partnerships

Keyword(s): Food Security, Public Health Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have served as a research assistant and now collaborator as a research associate since 2013 for the Food Mapping Team project. I have earned my Masters Degree in city and regional planning and am a leader of the Food Access Working Group which addresses food policy issues in our community. I published a recent commentary on race and food in the Journal of Agriculture, Food, and Community Development and have another article forthcoming.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.