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 geography of opportunity for children: The roles of Urban Planning and Public Health. Mari’s work is well-known and respected among academics and community leaders, and, importantly, it is used in academic programs to teach newly-emerging researchers and professionals how to think about issues of health disparities,” said Dr. Lindsay Rosenfeld, who has a joint appointment as a MIT/Harvard Research Fellow. The forum attracted about 100 participants from around Massachusetts and nearby states.
As part of the Harvard/MIT project, MG developed this statewide Massachusetts map of farmers markets with assistance from colleagues at the USDA. Watch for additional project postings coming soon.