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FreshLink Goes Online and in the Field
FreshLink, the PRCHN’s core research initiative, is in full swing with a new website and new staff. The first component of this initiative is a survey of 320 SNAP recipients/SNAP-eligible residents regarding why they use or do not shop at farmers’ markets. The survey results will form the basis for much of FreshLink’s work over the next four years. The PRCHN has hired four summer research staff/community interns to conduct the survey. The FreshLink community interns had two weeks worth of training with FreshLink staff, then will be out at Farmers' Market and partner sites for survey administrations throughout the summer.

Make sure to bookmark the FreshLink website so you can stay up to date on the project's activities.

The FreshLink community interns will also be in the PRCHN office periodically, to conduct phone surveys. Each is a long-term resident of Cleveland, with a background demonstrating commitment to the community. FreshLink’s community interns include:

De' Etta Brown brings more than 20 years of HEAL (Healthy Eating, Active Living) community-based experience. She is a community health worker with a wide array of experience ranging from community gardening with youth to conducting research with the homeless.

Marilyn Burns was a Nutrition Navigator with FreshLink last year on the Healthy Village, Healthy Child initiative. She is very active in her community, teaching classes at a local senior center and serving on advisory boards for health care organizations.

Yvette Wilson has a background in human resource management and a commitment to volunteering at community gardens. She has completed community garden training with The Ohio State University Extension and uses her skills to connect with her neighbors and teach people of all ages about healthy eating and gardening.

Dominique Rose just graduated this May with a Master of Education degree in Community Health from Cleveland State University. During her time at CSU, she did an internship at Planned Parenthood and gained some research experience through a study at the Cleveland Clinic.

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