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Food Access & Community Nutrition
The PRCHN's work on food policy and urban agriculture looks at ways to increase access to nutritious and healthy food in low-income and low-resource neighborhoods. We do this through Freshlink, our 2014-2019 core research project, the Produce Prescription Program, the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood Study (foodNEST), FMTracks, Building Capacity for Obesity Prevention (BCOP), and Ohio Produce Perks.
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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 encourages pregnant women and their families to increase their consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables through a "prescription" to eat more fresh produce. Participants also received recipes and other support materials. Watch this PRCHN seminar presentation from February 2015 to learn more about the Produce Prescription Program.
The Future of Food in Your Neighborhood Study (or "foodNEST") looks at how changes in the food retail environment affect the health of a community. The study coincides with the opening of Hub 55, a multi-vendor food hub in Cleveland, Ohio. Investigators from Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University, and University of South Carolina will examine diet and health, food shopping habits, and food access among residents living in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood in Cleveland and the Southside neighborhood in Columbus.  
FM Tracks is a novel iOS application and web-based portal to collect, manage, and evaluate information about your farmers' market. In August 2016, FM Tracks co-creator and PRCHN Associate Director Dr. Darcy Freedman was asked to consult with the United States Department of Agriculture to share her findings around the adoption, reach, and impact of farmers' markets on people receiving SNAP benefits. FM Tracks is at the heart of these programs. Read more about Dr. Freedman's work with the USDA.
Building Capacity for Obesity Prevention (BCOP) is a partnership between the PRCHN, The Ohio State University, SNAP-Ed program; and the Ohio Department of Health, Creating Healthy Communities Program (CHC) to develop decision and diagnostic tools that can be used by CHC and SNAP-Ed practitioners as they implement and sustain four different nutrition-related policy, systems, and environment (PSE) interventions.  
Ohio Produce Perks is a statewide initiative led by Wholesome Wave in partnership with the Ohio Department of Health. The project aims to increase access to affordable, nutritious foods in high need areas across the state through three nutrition incentive distribution strategies: