Several studies by PRCHN researchers published

In the past few months, three articles and a book have been published based on the work of researchers at the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) at Case Western Reserve University.

“Food melt in consumer food environments in low-income urban neighborhoods”

A group of six researchers had their study titled “Food melt in consumer food environments in low-income urban neighborhoods” published in the American Journal of Health Behavior.

The researchers systematically evaluated changes in availability, price and quality of perishable food items from the beginning to the end of the month in low-income, urban neighborhoods. The sample included grocery stores or supermarkets in Cleveland within neighborhoods with more than 30 percent of population receiving food assistance.

The article’s authors were:

  • Erika S. Trapl, associate director of PRCHN and assistant professor in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences;
  • Stephanie N. Pike, research associate for PRCHN;
  • Elaine Borawski, director and principal investigator of PRCHN and professor in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences;
  • Susan A. Flocke, associate director of PRCHN and professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health;
  • Darcy A. Freedman, associate director of PRCHN and associate professor in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences;
  • Colleen C. Walsh, CWRU alumna and assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Cleveland State University;
  • Christine Schneider, a graduate student in the CWRU Department of Sociology; and
  • Laura Yoder of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

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“Adolescent Marijuana Use and Co-Occurrence with Tobacco Use: Implications for Tobacco Regulation”

Erika Trapl and Sarah Koopman Gonzalez’ study “Adolescent Marijuana Use and Co-Occurrence with Tobacco Use: Implications for Tobacco Regulation,” was published in the Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk. Trapl is an associate director of PRCHN and assistant professor in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences and Koopman Gonzalez is a research associate with PRCHN.

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“Child hunger from a family resilience perspective”

Researchers published the article “Child hunger from a family resilience perspective” in the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. The study found that negative life events, economic capabilities (income, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefit levels) and social capabilities (support) were associated with food security status.

Darcy Freedman, associate director of PRCHN and associate professor in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, authored the article with the following University of South Carolina researchers:

  • Sonya J. Jones;
  • Carrie L. Draper;
  • Bethany A. Bell;
  • Michael P. Burke;
  • Lauren Martini;
  • Nicholas Younginer;
  • Christine E. Blake;
  • Jan Probst; and
  • Angela D. Liese.

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Measures for Community and Neighborhood Research

Darcy Freedman and Claudia Coulton are among the authors on the book Measures for Community and Neighborhood Research, to be published by SAGE publishing in July. Freedman is an associate director of PRCHN and associate professor in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences and Coulton is a Distinguished University Professor as well as the Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Research & Social Change.

In the book, they compile the major measures of community practice and assess them for reliability and validity.

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