NUTRITN 572 Community Nutrition
Intro to Websites
Trusted websites can provide valuable information about an issue, community organizations and resources, and demographics. Many of these types of information may not be found in academic journal articles.
I've tried to group the sites into some broad topics/themes.
Some state and local websites might have some demographic data, but these national-level sites let you get data from various levels - country, state, county, town/city, and sometimes zip code.
- Explore Census Data (formerly American Fact Finder)Gather the most up-to-date demographic information on the US population including insurance coverage, access, education, age, and more. You can refine by state, county, and zip-code to get particular information.
- American Community SurveyData, statistics, interactive graphs/charts, publications, and reports on the US population. From the US Census Bureau.
- HealthLandscapeInteractive website where you can map county-level demographic and health data.
Try to get information that most directly relates to your specific community. Search local, state, and community sites. Try doing an internet search for the name of your community organization - many will have a web presence of some type that will provide information about their history, mission, goals, and who they serve.
- Massachusetts Department of Public HealthYou can do a Google search to find websites for Public Health Departments in other states.
- Massachusetts Health and Human ServicesYou can do a Google search to find websites for other states.
These are just a few examples of organization and community-specific sites.
- Holyoke Medical Center Community Health Needs AssessmentAlso has links to Implementation Strategy
- Food Bank of Western Massachusetts - HatfieldVolunteer at the local food bank!
- Community Action Pioneer Valley"Community Action holds a long-term vision of safe, just, and prosperous communities throughout Franklin and Hampshire Counties and the North Quabbin region in western Massachusetts. We are committed to upholding the common good by offering leadership, advocacy, and concrete resources that support children, youth, individuals, families, and local communities to thrive."
Societies and Organizations
Many wide-reaching health topics related to nutrition (e.g., obesity, diabetes, etc.) will have several societies and organizations devoted solely to advocating and researching that particular topic and may be beneficial in providing you with the issues, differing options/sides, educational materials, and current information on the topic.
Here are some additional trusted websites that might have helpful nutrition information.
- Food and Nutrition Information CenterFrom the National Agriculture Library
- Healthy People"Healthy People 2030 sets data-driven national objectives to improve health and well-being over the next decade."
- Kaiser Family FoundationDiverse information on health policy and national health news including interactive graphs, infographics, and charts.
- The Commonwealth FundInformation on health policy, healthcare delivery system, data, and research focusing on vulnerable populations.
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