As a collaborating center in NOPREN, the Illinois PRC NOPREN is conducting research to evaluate the impact of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) on the local retail food environment in communities in Chicago and Rockford, IL. Specifically, the Illinois PRC NOPRENwill assess the impact of the introduction of new HFFI-supported supermarkets in two low-income predominantly black, underserved neighborhoods (compared to two matched comparison neighborhoods without supermarkets).
This research project will:
- Examine differences in availability, prices, and marketing of healthy and less healthy foods at surrounding food retail stores before and after the opening of the new HFFI-supported supermarket; and,
- Monitor short- and long-term availability, prices, and marketing of healthy and less healthy foods and beverages at the HFFI-supported supermarket.
Study results will lead to a clearer understanding of HFFI impacts on the overall availability of healthy foods in underserved communities.
Lisa Powell, PhD
University of Illinois at Chicago
Health Policy Administration