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By Naomi Admasu, Health Promotion & Education: Public & Community Health
Advisor: Liliana Guyler
Presentation ID: 73
Abstract: Adequate food access is correlated with healthier food intake. Food insecurity affects nutrition, health, and productivity. The study assessed health status, healthy foods consumed, food security and access in Greater Cincinnati. After IRB review, a secondary data analysis of the cross-sectional random-digit-dial Community Health Status Survey(2017) was conducted with a subsample of African American (n=896) and Latinx respondents (n=294). Results showed 38% did not meet recommended daily vegetable/fruit requirements, 42% consumed 7 or more sugary drinks weekly, 34% were food insecure, and 28% reported difficulty accessing food. Food insecurity was highest for African Americans/Blacks, non-White Latinx, females, and those living within 200% FPL. Food access was lowest among African Americans/Blacks, non-Latinx, those living within 100% FPL, and urban residents. Our communities deserve food access and security as they are critical for health improvement. Community gardens would contribute to alleviate the problem. Health disparities and causes will be discussed.