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Team Led by Darcy Freedman, PhD, Receives Major Grant to Improve Food Systems in Cleveland Neighborhoods
A multidisciplinary research team led by PRCHN Associate Director Darcy Freedman, PhD, has received a three-year, $936,000 grant to use collaborative computational modeling approaches to promote better community health through more equitable food systems. 
 
Under a Tipping Points grant from the nonprofit Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), the team will conduct the Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood study that will examine several key food-system strategies. These include efforts such as supermarket expansion, healthy-eating social marketing campaigns, and emergency food assistance programs. The goal is to develop strategies to sequence, integrate, and tailor these efforts to achieve maximum community benefit. A team of academic researchers and community partners will work together on the study to develop, refine and validate decision-making tools designed for use in neighborhoods both inside and outside of Cleveland. The team includes researchers from Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine as well as a dozen community stakeholders with expertise in community-based food systems, community and economic development, food security, health equity, and neighborhood action.
 
The work of the new grant will build upon the the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood Study (or "foodNEST"), which began in 2015 and looks at how changes in the food retail environment have an impact on the health of a community.
 


 
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