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Food Insecurity in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: An Evaluation of Just Harvests Community Interventions

Cason, Isaac (2023) Food Insecurity in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: An Evaluation of Just Harvests Community Interventions. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Background: Food insecurity in the United States is a major social determinant of health. Poor access to fresh food sources can greatly contribute to food insecurity and often impact individuals from minoritized and low-income communities. This paper evaluated the impact of providing fresh food sources to food-insecure neighborhoods through Just Harvests community-level interventions in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Methods: Using spatial analysis, Census data, and the Food Abundance Index, the food access levels of four neighborhoods were examined. The neighborhoods were looked at during two timepoints. First in 2014 before the Just Harvest interventions began and in 2020, five years afterward. During this period, three out of the four neighborhoods received Just Harvest’s Fresh Access and Fresh Corner programs.
Results suggest that neighborhoods with Just Harvests interventions directly in the neighborhood scored better on the Food Abundance Index than neighborhoods without direct community interventions.
Conclusion: This evaluation shows that more work still needs to be done to address food access.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cason, Isaacibc2@pitt.eduibc20009-0008-3436-532X
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairEgan, Jamesjee48@pitt.edujee48UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberBarinas-Mitchell, Ebarinas@edc.pitt.edubarinasUNSPECIFIED
Date: 17 May 2023
Date Type: Completion
Submission Date: 26 April 2023
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 47
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Food Access, Spatial Analysis, Community-Based Research
Date Deposited: 17 May 2023 15:13
Last Modified: 17 May 2023 15:13


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