Mapping Food Access as Part of a Statewide Food Strategy

APA Rhode Island Chapter


Friday, July 14, 2017
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

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This session will showcase a GIS-based food access tool that is part of Rhode Island’s leading-edge State Food Strategy. The map will allow practitioners, officials, and advocates to develop stories about how different neighborhoods experience shopping for and eating food on a day to day basis. Speakers will provide examples of how the map can be used to effectively set the stage for policy reform and talk about its future role in the broader food movement in Rhode Island. The project was funded through the American Planning Association’s Planners4Health initiative and is led by the local APA Chapter and the Rhode Island Food Policy Council.

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Shayna Cohen

Confirmed Speaker

Senior Consultant - With more than 15 years of experience developing food systems solutions, Shayna’s work for Karen Karp & Partners focuses on the intersection of local food procurement strategies and vibrant, healthy regional economies. Her KK&P work combines her unyielding interest in food and farms with her passions for conducting precise and thorough research, engaging in cross-sector systems thinking, and asking good questions. Prior to joining KK&P, Shayna delved into local food systems by launching and growing several Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) ventures and working on a range of farms. At the same time, she developed and honed her writing, interviewing, and research skills, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in history from Brown University, conducting oral histories, and working in print and radio journalism. She also worked for several years with GrowNYC to envision, plan, fund, and launch the food hub Greenmarket Co. Shayna has led projects ranging from designing and managing NYC SchoolFood’s local food procurement efforts; quantifying demand for local food and then developing strategies to grow the regional agriculture and food economy of Louisville, Kentucky; leading a food assessment for the state of Rhode Island ... Read More

Ben Kerrick

Confirmed Speaker

Ben Kerrick is a Consultant at Karen Karp & Partners (KK&P), a food systems consulting firm that works at the intersection of food, agriculture, and health. Ben’s work at KK&P includes community engagement, placemaking, food system mapping, data visualization, program and event design, and research and analysis. In ... Read More

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