Graham Sustainability Institute

An Integrated Assessment of Transportation to Healthy Food in Eastern Washtenaw County

July 2012

By Larissa Larsen and Joe Grengs, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Students: Julia Billings, Emily Provonsha, Karen Spangler, and Allison Sponseller

Report prepared with funding from the Graham Sustainability Institute

This research project investigated the degree to which residents of eastern Washtenaw County experience difficulty in accessing healthy food, with a focus on finding suggestions for overcoming transportation barriers. The project used a wide variety of methods to understand the problem of inaccessibility to healthy food, including quantitative spatial analysis, meetings with stakeholders, carrying out a food inventory, engaging residents through focus group discussions, and investigating several case studies of successful interventions.