NEW YORK, N.Y. – (February 3, 2015) The New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, the CUNY School of Public Health and 10 East Harlem community organizations have partnered to offer an innovative workshop designed to prepare participants to take action to improve local food environments. The semester-long workshop, which begins on February 3, brings together Hunter and CUNY undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students and representatives from East Harlem community organizations to work to reduce diet-related diseases and food insecurity and promote food-related community and economic development in a New York City neighborhood hard hit by food-related problems.
This spring semester, the Food Policy Center has selected ten representatives from a diverse group of East Harlem community organizations to serve as East Harlem Community Food Fellows. Fellows will attend the East Harlem Research Action Workshop to work with students to plan, develop and implement projects in the community. The Fellows each have experience working in East Harlem and will work collaboratively to develop solutions to some of the community’s most pressing food needs. Classes will be held at the Silberman Building on 19th Street and Third Avenue, the Hunter College campus in East Harlem.
The 2015 Community Fellows and their organizations are:
The faculty who will lead the workshop are Nicholas Freudenberg, Distinguished Professor of Public Health, and Nevin Cohen, an Associate Professor of Health Policy at CUNY. They have each spent decades studying food and urban policy, diet-related disease and food insecurity and hunger, and conducting community-based research in New York City. “This course offers Hunter College and the CUNY School of Public Health an opportunity to learn from our East Harlem neighbors and to work with them to solve our neighborhood’s most pressing health and social problems,” said Freudenberg. “By blending local and public health expertise on food and food policy, we hope to make progress in translating the growing knowledge on how to improve food environments into action in our community.”
The East Harlem Community Food Fellows Programs is supported by an award from the Tisch Illumination Fund to the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College to improve food environments in East Harlem. The fellowship provides either tuition reimbursement for Fellows who want to use the workshop to earn university credit or a stipend to their sponsoring organization.
The New York City Food Policy Center develops intersectoral, innovative and evidence-based solutions to preventing diet-related diseases and promoting food security in New York and other cities. The Center works with policy makers, community organizations, advocates and the public to create healthier, more sustainable food environments and to use food to promote community and economic development. Through interdisciplinary research, policy analysis, evaluation and education, we leverage the expertise and passion of the students, faculty and staff of Hunter College and CUNY. The Center aims to make New York a model for smart, fair food policy.
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