US Department of Health and Human Services

The department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Community Services website includes information on President Obama’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), a collaboration between the Department of Treasury, USDA, and HHS, that aims to bring healthy food to retail and corner stores in underserved areas across the country.  Find information on the HFFI here: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/ocs_food.html

The HHS Office of Minority Health webpage provides data profiles related to diseases and obesity rates of Native American, African American, Hispanic, Asian American, and Pacific Islander populations. The website provides resources, background information on related policies and initiatives and tools, and you can search through data by population or health topic.           

 

 

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)

The FRAC data and publication page provides food hardship data by Congressional district and national, state and county-by-county SNAP participation data from across the US, and also has several reports on US poverty with data provided by the US Census Bureau. Their Legislative Action Center provides resources and advocacy tools to fight hunger, tools to promote anti-hunger policies in the 2012 Farm Bill, and an overview and updates on budget issues affecting anti-hunger legislation.

http://frac.org/reports-and-resources/

Ecotrust

Ecotrust’s Food and Farms website offers resources for farm to school programs and links schools with local farmers through their food hub webpage, which provides a catalog of buyers and sellers and profiles of businesses throughout Oregon.  Ecotrust serves as the Western Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network.

Ecotrust’s Food and Farms website offers resources for farm to school programs and links schools with local farmers through their food hub webpage, which provides a catalog of buyers and sellers and profiles of businesses throughout Oregon.  Ecotrust serves as the Western Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network.

http://www.ecotrust.org/foodfarms/

Roots of Change

Roots of Change is a network in California whose goal is to establish a more sustainable food system by 2030. The issues they focus on include economic prosperity, environment and climate, healthy food access, and valued workforce. On their Healthy Food Access website, there are resources for non-profits, entrepreneurs, and farmers and ranchers.

http://rootsofchange.org/

WHY Hunger

The WHY Hunger resource page includes reports on hunger, advocacy tools, federal nutrition policy tools, and farm to school program models. Their resource directory is a searchable database of food pantries, health care services, economic development resources and anti poverty organizations. Their Food Security Learning Center page includes information on a wide variety of food access topics such as farm to school, land use planning, local and regional food systems, and climate change.

http://www.whyhunger.org/resources.html

The Farmers Market Coalition

The Farmers Market Coalition resource library is intended for vendors, farmers, market managers, inspectors, and consumers and covers a wide range of topics including funding, promotion and marketing, insurance and liability, management and operations, EBT and evaluation. The coalition’s website offers resources for farmers markets including webinars, and policy and advocacy tools.

http://farmersmarketcoalition.org/resources/resource-library

Convergence Partnership

The Convergence Partnership website includes resources, webinars, toolkits, and reports on topics such as access to healthy food, healthy environments, federal policy, and advocacy. The Convergence Partnership steering committee includes representatives from The California Endowment, Kaiser Permanente, Kresge Foundation, Nemours, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention serve as technical advisors, PolicyLink is the committee's program director, and the Prevention Institute provides policy research, analysis and strategic support.

http://www.convergencepartnership.org/site/c.fhLOK6PELmF/b.3917533/k.F45E/Whats_New.htm

Leadership for Healthy Communities

The Leadership for Healthy Communities Priority Populations website, which specifically focuses on African American, Latino-Hispanic, American Indian, Asia/Pacific Islander and lower income, includes reports, tools, and fact sheets on childhood obesity. The Leadership For Healthy Communities website also includes city, county, state and federal profiles of political leaders across the country that have been proponents of making their community a healthier place.

http://www.leadershipforhealthycommunities.org/component/option,com_advancedtags/view,tag/id,6/Itemid,78/

Food Access Solutions to Create Healthy Counties

This policy brief by the National Association of Counties (NACO) outlines five strategies that county leaders can implement to increase residents’ access to healthy and affordable foods in urban and rural areas.  This provides specific examples of policy and innovations from different areas around the country in regards to the five strategies as well as resources. 

http://www.naco.org/research/pubs/documents/health,%20human%20services%20and%20justice/community%20services%20docs/ib-foodaccess-dec2009.pdf

Michigan Good Food Charter

The Michigan Good Food Charter presents a vision for Michigan’s food and agriculture system and outlines 25 agenda priorities for the next 10 years. Other resources on this website include a food system infrastructure report, and an institutional food purchasing report.

http://www.michiganfood.org/assets/goodfood/docs/MI%20Good%20Food%20Charter%20Final.pdf

 

Why Place and Race Matter

PolicyLink and The California Endowment collaborated on this report which looks at the impact of race on health disparities through city specific examples, develops a framework for building healthy and equitable communities specifically within economic, social, physical and service environments, and provides advocacy tools used to change public policies that disproportionally impact people of color.

http://www.policylink.org/site/c.lkIXLbMNJrE/b.6728307/k.58F8/Why_Place___Race_Matter.htm