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Friday, March 18 • 9:50am - 10:30am
PS9.0 Hidden Faces in Hidden Places: Engagoing Youth to Map, Photograph, and Facilitate Action around Suburban Food Insecurity

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Authors: Dan Remley, Ohio State Univeristy Extension; Bernadette Hanlon, Ohio State Univeristy City and Regional Planning; Kareem Usher, Ohio State Univeristy City and Regional Planning; Irene Hatsu, Ohio State University; Glennon Sweeney, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University; Kevin Harris, Ohio State University Extension

The changing geography of poverty suggests that food insecurity is becoming a growing concern in many suburban communities. Research suggests that the suburban built environment also presents unique challenges to accessing healthy foods including transportation challenges, difficulties accessing public assistance offices, and a lack of awareness and stigmatization surrounding the use of public assistance. Some interventions which have sought to address these issues in urban environments have been met with mixed results, such as policies incentivizing the siting of grocery stores, the establishment of farmer’s market EBT programs, or Health Corner store initiatives. Much of the criticism surrounding such initiatives is simply that the low-income beneficiary communities are often left out of the planning process. In community-based participatory research (CBPR), researchers work in partnership with communities to define both the issues that the community faces as well as the possible solutions to those challenges. This study employs Healthy Eating and Active Living Mapping Attributes using Participatory Photographic Surveys (HEAL MAPPS), a CBPR tool that can engage communities to address food access issues. Using photography and mapping, youth HEAL “MAPPERS” navigate regular routes in their suburban Ohio communities, telling the story of what makes it easy or difficult to access healthy, safe food in socially acceptable ways. The maps created, are utilized to start a community dialogue around these issues, resulting in a community action plan to address them. Findings include increased transportation-related access issues when compared to urban spaces and a high degree of stigma associated with receiving food assistance in this suburban community as major barriers to both healthy food access and emergency food assistance. This poster will detail the methods and process through which this community plan was created, highlighting the findings of the HEAL MAPPERS.

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Glennon Sweeney

Research Associate, The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University

Friday March 18, 2016 9:50am - 10:30am PDT
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