Research Action Workshop on Food Environments and Food Policy in East Harlem
In Spring 2014, the NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College and the CUNY School of Public Health offered an innovative new course that brought together students, community advocates and local nonprofit organizations to learn about food system issues in East Harlem and other low-income communities and collaborate on solutions to the challenges of food insecurity and diet-related disease. These students have embarked on research action projects that will identify and describe a specific food problem facing the residents of East Harlem, analyze the policy and other causes of the problem, and, with appropriate community and research partners, propose and take action to solve this problem. In the summer and Fall of 2014, several students who took the class are planning projects with East Harlem community groups to begin to address the problems they identified.
Student projects have focused on five key areas of change in the East Harlem food environment:
- School Food
- Food Security
- Food Marketing
- Food Gentrification