Class of 2026Folsom, California
- "An exploration of healthful and economic food accessibility in two major cities in Sacramento, California" with mentor Oyesola Oluwafunmilayo (Oct. 10, 2023)
An exploration of healthful and economic food accessibility in two major cities in Sacramento, California
Started Apr. 14, 2023
Abstract or project description
This exploratory study will assess the extent of healthful and economic food accessibility in food stores located in selected neighborhoods within two major cities in Sacramento, California. Using an observational approach, this study will document the access, type, quantity, quality, and cost of healthful food sources in diverse neighborhoods with a specific focus on assessing disparities in local food environments by income. Food stores in the selected neighborhoods will be assessed using the Nutrition Environment Measures Survey in stores (NEMS-S), the Healthy Food Availability Index (HFAI), and a brief measure of available store amenities. This study seeks to address the lack of empirical research data on comprehensive food accessibility measurements that assess healthful and economic accessibility in major cities in California. Findings from this study will contribute to the empirical literature by creating a baseline for the Sacramento City Council so that work to increase food access in Folsom and Rancho Cordova will have a benchmark to measure success.