In 2014, the Kenton County Plan4Health Coalition was awarded a grant from the American Planning Association in order to work toward providing better access to nutritious food across the county. These efforts include a county-wide assessment of under-served neighborhoods in addition to a series of actions addressing affordability of, and access to, healthy food.
The Kenton County PLAN4Health Coalition (KCP4H) is a partnership of several agencies in Kenton County, working to provide access to nutritious food across the county. The Kenton County PLAN4Health Coalition includes PDS, the Northern Kentucky Health Department, the Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington, and the Ohio Kentucky Indiana (OKI) Regional Council of Governments.
The Kenton County PLAN4Health Coalition is currently pursuing 4 initiatives: (1) a countywide assessment of food deserts—underserved neighborhoods with little or no access to healthy food due to mobility, availability, affordability, or a combination of the three; (2) a healthy corner store program aimed at providing healthier food options with urban corner stores; (3) a countywide outreach campaign to educate member of the public about healthy food options and; (4) forming a food policy working group in Kenton County to pursue future work related to food access.
The map shown below demonstrates the progress made on the first two initiatives listed above.
The grant will be fully implemented by April 2016.
An ESRI Story Map for this topic is currently in progress, and is anticipated to be completed very shortly.