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Associate Director Darcy Freedman, PhD, to head new Tipping Points grant from FFAR
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, has announced five grants totaling $4.4 million for research to improve interventions designed to enhance community food systems. The FFAR awards were matched by 38 companies, universities and organizations for a total investment of $8.9 million toward improving local health and economic opportunities. A PRCHN research team led by Darcy Freedman, PhD, is one of  the grantees.

Dr. Freedman and her team are developing decision-making tools to maximize the equitable impact of food systems efforts in Cleveland, Ohio. With a FFAR grant of $936,418, research will begin by exploring the synergistic relationships of existing initiatives within the food system. Strategies to improve community nutrition, food security, and economic opportunity, such as the development of new businesses related to food and incentives for healthy foods, will be examined. Creating a system dynamic model with this research will provide a tool for community partners to strategically tailor, sequence, and integrate their initiatives in neighborhoods both within and outside of Cleveland.
 
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