Public Reports

Most of our projects do not result in publicly accessible reports, but here are a few that we can share. Our written content, graphics and illustrations are copyrighted. If you would like to use our work in a way other than viewing or citing it, please inquire about licensing permission.

TECHNICAL APPENDIX TO Examining The Impact of Food Deserts & Food Imbalance On Public Health In Birmingham, Alabama – August 2010

This document provides regression results from the full study. Download Attachments Birmingham Report Appendix File size: 640 KB Downloads: 32

EXECUTIVE BROCHURE TO Examining The Impact of Food Deserts & Food Imbalance On Public Health In Birmingham, Alabama – August 2010

This short fold-over brochure very briefly summarizes findings from the study. Please note that the document should be printed back-to-back. The first panel you will see is the back page, the second is the cover, and the final two are the inside pages. Download Attachments Birmingham Brochure 2010 File size: 574 KB Downloads: 47

From Food Desert to Food Oasis: Blueprint for Change in Chicago – August 2010

Since our 2006 breakthrough study on Chicago Food Deserts, there has been a flurry of news on both the problem and potential solutions. Community groups, city officials, policy makers, and industry leaders have stepped up to take action. There is not one single cause of Food Deserts and not one single solution. Everyone can do something. But what would make […]

Food Desert & Food Balance Community Fact Sheet – June 2010

Mari Gallagher Research & Consulting Group and Save-A-Lot Food Stores have joined forces to raise awareness of the plight of millions of families in the United States who live in food deserts — large geographic areas with very few, if any, grocery stores. The Food Desert & Food Balance Community Fact Sheet, authored by Mari Gallagher Research & Consulting and […]

The Peapod & Neighbor Capital Healthy Families Project: Special Briefing For Chicago Lawn Community Forum – June 2010

As First Lady and former Peapod customer Michelle Obama tells us, we all need to “move” on the important issue of reducing obesity and expanding healthy food for children. Our combined “movement” through the Healthy Families Project includes many exciting new actions that we believe will support health and wellness among vulnerable children in all of Chicago and specifically in […]

Addendum to Ticket To Ride – April 2010

This is an Addendum to a report entitled “Senior Ticket to Ride: A Needs Assessment for ITNChicago.” Its purpose is to assess the interests and needs of homebound seniors, particularly immigrant and non-immigrant Latinos living in ITN’s target Zip Codes. The work was done in a participatory fashion with ITNChicago and its key board leader, City of Chicago representative Joyce […]

The Peapod Neighbor Capital Healthy Families Project Analysis – March 2010

In autumn of 2009, Peapod and Neighbor Capital began to strategize on solutions for Chicago’s Food Desert communities. Later that year, Peapod retained Mari Gallagher Research & Consulting Group to complement and enhance the impact of their Healthy Families collaboration through robust empirical analysis. We conducted a block-level study to identify the greatest at-risk families in the Food Desert who […]

Ticket to Ride: A Needs Assessment for ITNChicago – January 2010

The MG team was retained to conduct a needs assessment for the newly created Independent Transportation Network of Chicago (ITNChicago), which started in Maine to encourage seniors who can no longer drive safely to trade in their cars and receive rides instead from volunteers. The success of the initiative led to the development of independent but affiliated branches in other […]

Updated Opinion on Loyola’s Chicago Wal-Mart Report – January 2010

MG was retained by Wal-Mart to develop a Professional Opinion on a report entitled The Impact of an Urban Wal-Mart Store on Area Businesses: An interim-evaluation of one Chicago neighborhood’s experience by authors Julie L. Davis, David F. Merriman, Lucia Samayoa, Brian Flanagan, Ron Baiman, and Joe Persky of the Center for Urban Research and Learning of Loyola University Chicago. […]

New Day in the Garden: A Food Desert & Food Balance Analysis in Savannah, Georgia – October 2009

Established in 1733, Savannah is known as America’s first planned city. Early in its history, farmers discovered that the climate and soil were favorable to the cultivation of cotton, rice, and lush backyard gardens full of great varieties of nutrient-rich produce. But similar to what has happened in other places across America, local residents over time became more and more […]

Boston Food Desert Forum Survey Report – September 2009

September is National Food Desert Awareness Month! To highlight issues relevant to food deserts we are releasing responses from a spring 2009 food desert survey conducted in concert with a forum held last spring at MIT: From Food Desert to Food Oasis. The report has been sponsored and produced by the following partners: MIT, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, […]

MIT / Harvard Project: Statewide Massachusetts Map of Farmers Markets – August 2009

MG was recently retained by Harvard and MIT to support the planning and execution of a public forum and present on Food Deserts and Food Balance. Planning and health professors at these highly esteemed institutions use MG studies as required class readings. “We were thrilled to have Mari participate in our 2009 spring seminar series entitled Towards a more equal […]

Chicago 2009 Food Desert Progress Report – released June 2009

In 2006, our firm released Examining the Impact of Food Deserts on Public Health in Chicago, a breakthrough study that identified over 600,000 Chicagoans who live in a Food Desert, a large geographic area with no or distant mainstream grocery stores. The report demonstrated statistically significant relationships between food access and diet-related disease and premature death. Three years later, has […]

Violent Deaths of Chicago Public School Children by our “Deck-Stacked-Against-You” Indicator – March 20, 2009

Earlier this year, local gangs set an apartment fire to punish their rivals, killing a seven-year-old girl named Itzel and her pregnant mother by mistake instead. Roughly 30 public school children have died violently since the start of the school year. View this new map of locations of these deaths with our new “deck-stacked-against-you” indicator that shows Chicago tracts with […]

Professional Opinion of a Recent Study by the Center for Urban Research and Learning of Loyola University Chicago Concerning the Impact of Chicago’s West Side Wal-Mart – Finalized June 2008, released Dec. 2008

Our firm was retained by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to develop a Professional Opinion on a report entitled The Impact of an Urban Wal-Mart Store on Area Businesses: An interim-evaluation of one Chicago neighborhood’s experience by the Center for Urban Research and Learning of Loyola University Chicago (the Loyola report). The MG Opinion is organized into two key sections: 1) a […]

Chicago Identifies 6 Priority Sites for Grocers – September 2008

This is a must-read analysis for anyone interested in how to use neutral data, information, and statistical methods to prioritize government incentives, resources and energy.  Learn how we worked with the City of Chicago to help commercial planners prioritize 6 key sites for grocery stores based on need, public health impact, market strategy, and other factors. In our past work […]

The National Center for Public Research (NCPR) Declares September National Food Desert Awareness Month

September is the month to showcase what you, your community, your school, your church, or your business are doing to promote solutions that improve food access, wellness, and quality of life. Read the full announcement along with other new MG downloads on how consumers tend to rely on the food stores to which they have the most access, even if […]

Richmond, Virginia, Children’s Diabetes Risk Assessment Launched – April 2008

Type 2 diabetes (non-insulin dependent diabetes) affects more than 20 million U.S. residents and is the most common form of the disease.  However, because diabetes exhibits few, if any, symptoms until its advanced stages, millions more are unaware that they are in danger of developing the disease. When blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal, but not yet high […]

The Detroit Community Storyboard © Series on Food Deserts: Why it Matters and What Communities Can Do – March 10, 2008

The reproduction of MG analysis into these 10 Community Storyboards © was made possible by the Kellogg Foundation, the Skillman Foundation, the University of Michigan School of Social Work, and the Good Neighborhoods Initiative. Do you live in a Food Desert? While the focus of these Storyboards is on Detroit, each provides concrete examples of what you and your own […]

The Potential Impacts of a Wal-Mart Supercenter [At 83rd & Stewart in Chicago, Illinois] on Grocer Agglomeration, Food Deserts, Food Balance, and Public Health – February 2008

This 46-page Professional Opinion quantifies the block-by-block food access impact that the proposed Wal-Mart would have if it opens at that site. It also quantifies the impact of nearby grocers that have recently opened or closed. Retail agglomeration and new neighborhood market frameworks and measures are introduced, such as the Snowball Index and Snowball Effect, which explain why retail attracts […]