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The American Health Podcast is created by the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, a project of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Initiative works to tackle some of the most pressing challenges to public health in the United States: Addiction and Overdose, Environmental Challenges, Obesity and the Food System, Risks to Adolescent Health and Violence. Visit to learn more.

Apr 30, 2018

A community's health and quality of life depends on access to healthy food. But in too many communities across the country, that access is limited. In order to effectively address this issue, we have to fully understand it. In Baltimore, city officials for a number of years have partnered with the Center for a Livable Future at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to map the city’s food environment. It’s an effort to inform food policy, ensure equitable access to healthy food, and improve the health and quality of life of Baltimore’s residents. In this episode, we take a look at the Baltimore Food Environment Map, and we talk about an effort to replicate the process elsewhere.