Healthy Food Access & Food Security

Healthy Food Access & Food Security

Goal: Promote community food security and nutrition equity by increasing access to nutritious foods in low-income and low resource urban neighborhoods. 

Alongside local and national community partners, the PRCHN is working to improve access to healthy foods in under-served neighborhoods by working with convenience and corner store owners to add fresh fruits and vegetables to their inventory as well as other healthy foods.

In collaboration with local Charitable food organizations, the REACH team is working with food  pantries and hot meal sites to implement nutrition guidelines and best practices to offer healthier foods and meals for clients.

The Neighborhood Environmental Assessment Project (NEAP) is a place-based surveillance data collection project intended to provide community partners and researchers with valuable data about the built environmental landscape of Cleveland in relation to healthy lifestyles. 

FreshFinder is an interactive map developed by the PRCHN, with the goal of assisting local health professionals (i.e., dietitians, social workers (SW), and community health workers (CHW)) better guide their Cleveland-based patients and clients in finding fresh and healthy foods in their neighborhoods and across the city.  

The PRCHN’s core research for 2014-2019, FreshLink actively works to create a healthier community by identifying and testing ways to increase access to nutritious, healthy foods in low-income, low-access neighborhoods throughout Cleveland.

The Produce Prescription program works to help residents in low-resource neighborhoods foster healthier eating habits through fostering healthier eating habits; providing economic incentives and education to encourage healthy food choices, and increasing the use of farmers’ markets.

Looking for pages for past PRCHN projects such as foodNEST, FM Tracks, Ohio Produce Perks and BCOP? Find their information at the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health.