H2: Let's See What It Looks Like: Using Food System Mapping to Inform Policy and Programs

APA Delaware Chapter


Tuesday, October 28, 2014
10:30 a.m. - noon EDT

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The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future has created the Maryland Food System Map Project, a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) resource tool, in an effort to understand Maryland’s food system from production to consumption through a public health lens. An interactive online mapping tool was developed and all data is publicly available for downloading on the project website. Development of the Maryland Food System Map Project has been used to illustrate Maryland’s role in the mid-Atlantic region’s food system. Policymakers, researchers and educators then use the data and maps to educate about and advocate for particular food system issues. In this session we will present an overview of the project and demonstrate how the Maryland maps were used to create, influence, or enact policy in Baltimore City. We will also show some applications – both policy and program - that have occurred at the county and state level. We will walk participants through an exercise where they take a policy and talk about how mapping could or could not inform a particular policy. In addition, some of the limitations of geographic mapping of the food system will be highlighted. Speakers to include Amanda Behrens, MPH, MS and Anne Palmer from the John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.