Michigan Awarded USDA Grant
Researchers at the University of Michigan have been awarded a five-year, $4 million study of disparities in access to healthy food across the state.
The study, funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will examine the relationship between demographic characteristics and the distribution of food outlets in 18 small and medium-sized cities in Michigan. It will also examine the presence or absence of food deserts and oases, effective nutrition and behavioral interventions, and mechanisms for enhancing participation in local food initiatives. "We're concerned about vulnerable populations, especially their access to healthy foods. This study will help us to determine what these populations may be missing and what they have, and to make recommendations to assure adequate nutrition for the future," says Dr. Rebecca Head, associate director of the School of Public Health's Office of Public Health Practice and a research collaborator on the project.
University of Michigan News Service, November 7, 2012