Update: April 2019. The ESHE Index has moved to the CARES Network. Please read the great work that went into creating the index and what has come from it below. We think you will be impressed!
The Community Commons team recently collaborated with the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN) as the lead and in partnership with several research and advocacy organizations to create the Environments Supporting Health Eating (ESHE) Index. The ESHE Index combines several factors related to healthy eating and food environments into one score that can be compared across or within states. The goal of ESHE is to stimulate improvements in aspects of food and food policy landscapes that are conducive to high dietary quality.
By using the ESHE Index, you can:
- Raise awareness, and mobilize community action
- Provide an evidence base to support policy development and adoption
- Provide an evidence base to change business practices and promote corporate social responsibility
- Evaluate and disseminate information about progress toward eliminating inequities in food environments
Sample County Level
Sample County Level with Overlay Data
Users also have the option of viewing their ranking at a state level or at the county level within their state. This allows you to make comparisons across the nation or across your own state, and may help stimulate conversations and partnerships as you work toward improving your food environment.
Sample State Level
This online resource was developed by the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) at the University of Missouri and the Institute for People, Place and Possibility in cooperation with the African American Collaborative Obesity Network (AACORN).