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How to Access Publicly Available Data Sources for Community Food Evaluation

  • CUNY School of Public Healthy and Health Policy 55 West 125th Street New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

Please join us for the fifth session of our Community Food Evaluation Workshop: How to Access Publicly Available Data Sources for Community Food Evaluation.

Participants will learn how to access and manipulate publicly available data relevant to community food work, such as community level datasets detailing healthy and unhealthy food consumption, food retail locations, school lunch participation, community gardens locations, academic outcomes, rates of chronic health conditions, demographics of specific neighborhoods, and others. If there is a particular topic of interest you'd like to add to this list, please reach out and we will look into what might be available! Participants will also learn how to migrate compatible datasets into Google Maps to support environment focused evaluations.

A portion of this session will be facilitated by Rositsa T. Ilieva, the Director of Food Policy Monitor at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute. For nearly a decade, Rositsa’s scholarly work has focused on examining the integration of just and sustainable food systems goals in the domains of urban policy, design, and planning. Rositsa is the author of Urban Food Planning: Seeds of Transition of the Global North and holds a P.h.D in Spatial Planning and Urban Development from the Polytechnic Institute of Milan, Italy, and a graduate certificate in GIScience from Hunter College. Rositsa is an expert in data mapping and analysis.

We recommend this session for participants who want to gain a deeper understanding of publicly available data that can inform organization level evaluations. A basic level of knowledge of Microsoft excel is recommended.

We look forward to seeing you there!

For questions, please reach out to Katherine Tomaino Fraser at katherine.tomaino@sph.cuny.edu.