Creating healthier neighborhoods

“[Pasquale’s] work will ultimately help find policy targets that could be used in policy-level efforts to reduce health disparities by income, race, ethnicity and age.” — Penny Gordon-Larsen, adviser

Valid, reliable measures of food environments in Latino communities is essential in understanding barriers to healthy diet behaviors in a population at risk for cardiovascular disease. Pasquale Rummo, a doctoral student in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health studying nutrition, investigated decades of retail food outlet data and conducted his own field-based census of Durham County, North Carolina, to create new knowledge that will help officials find ways to create policies that bring healthier eating, and lifestyles, to North Carolina’s neighborhoods.

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