Food security in Mecklenburg County
There are several measures of food security in Mecklenburg County, and each has its advantages and drawbacks. We've included some of them below; please let us know of any others we may have missed here.
Existing Data sources
State of the County Health (SOTCH) data from 2018
Includes obesity but not food insecurity as a variable in the report: https://www.mecknc.gov/HealthDepartment/HealthStatistics/Documents/2018%20Mecklenburg%20SOTCH%20for%20web.pdf
Mecklenburg County Community Health Assessment (2017-2018, expected every 4 years)
Food would fall under chronic disease prevention, data sources that include
BRFSS, YRBS and NC DHHS. CHA (16 questions) used convenience sampling via email and paper copies to organizations - unclear if representative. No questions about food access. https://www.mecknc.gov/HealthDepartment/HealthStatistics/Documents/2017%20Mecklenburg%20CHA%20with%20Appendix%20March%208.pdf
Urban Institute (UNCC)
Nothing on food security. Have done some recent qualitative interviews about rural-urban connections. https://ui.uncc.edu/data/county/mecklenburg
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2017-2018
Not published yet - unclear if the data collected will be sufficient - look at 2013-2014 data to see what might be included
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2015-2016
No food security data?
2015-2016 is latest data: https://wwwn.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes/ContinuousNhanes/Default.aspx?BeginYear=2015
Food security questions: https://wwwn.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhanes/2015-2016/questionnaires/FSQ_Family_I.pdf
Food security data: possibly not released yet or not collected 2015-2016 (not collected every year)
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2013-2014
Food security data available - unclear if can link data to Mecklenburg County specifically?
Description of data: https://wwwn.cdc.gov/Nchs/Nhanes/2013-2014/FSQ_H.htm
Data: FSQ_H Data [XPT - 3.1 MB]
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) 2018
No food security questions?
2018 survey questions: https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/questionnaires/pdf-ques/2019_BRFSS_English_Questionnaire-508.pdf
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