Data sources to assess food access, environments, and behaviors


(Health Care Without Harm) This brief provides an overview of secondary data sources to assess food access, food environments, and diet-related health needs commonly used in community health needs assessments (CHNAs), along with some less frequently utilized sources that may complement widely used measures. 

The brief also discusses recommendations for collecting primary data on food-related health issues in low-income communities in order to better understand facilitators and obstacles to healthy eating and to develop targeted and effective implementation strategies. 

Together with the guidance brief on including food-related community organizations in the CHNA process these resources and recommendations can help you assess food access and food environment needs in your community.


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