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About These Tools

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust is presenting these data tools for your information and use, but did not create them. These tools may be subject to copyright, and should be used within the terms of use outlined in any copyright restrictions.

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We hope you find these tools useful. We advise you to keep in mind that the content in these tools may cover sensitive issues that could be triggering for certain individuals.

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

Author: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- National Center for Health Statistics
Tool Type: Guides, National Data Source, Questionnaire / Survey, Reports
Existing Data Source

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) measures the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States and includes both interviews and physical examinations. In addition to demographic, socioeconomic, dietary, and health-related questions, the NHANES also contains medical, dental, and physiological measurements, as well as laboratory tests administered by highly trained medical professionals.

North Carolina Data Portal

Author: Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems- University of Missouri Extension
Tool Type: Assessment, Dashboard, Data Visualization, National Data Source, Notes, Questionnaire / Survey, Reports
Existing Data Source

The North Carolina Data Portal provides users with access to data, maps, and tools required to conduct community health assessments and other public health activities. North Carolina’s NC Data Portal is poised to serve as the primary source of secondary health data for most local health departments.

Community Data Platform

Author: Cape Fear Collective
Tool Type: Dashboard
Existing Data Source

The Community Data Platform (CDP) is a cloud-based AWS MySQL database with over 1,000 metrics sourced from public sources, regional anchor institutions, and other community partners.

Examples of NC Food System Assessments

Author: Community Food Strategies
Tool Type: Reports
Sample Resource

This website, compiled by Community Food Strategies, lists examples of food system assessments conducted in North Carolina. The website serves as a resource for individuals and organizations interested in understanding the food system in North Carolina and implementing strategies to address food-related challenges. The referenced documents provide valuable information for policymakers, researchers, and community members who seek to promote sustainable agriculture, equitable food access, and a resilient food system in NC.

Map the Meal Gap

Author: Feeding America
Tool Type: Dashboard
Existing Data Source

This dashboard provides estimates of food insecurity at the county and congressional district levels across the United States. Data are produced annually and available by race, ethnicity, and age group. Using Map the Meal Gap, users can access measures, such as prevalence of food insecurity, average cost per meal, and estimated eligibility for food assistance programs (SNAP, WIC).

Food Access Research Atlas

Author: U.S. Department of Agriculture–Economic Research Service
Tool Type: Dashboard
Existing Data Source

This dashboard maps the selected food access indicators, such as the accessibility to sources of healthy food (the distance to the nearest grocery store), individual vehicles or public transportation availability, and the average income of the family or neighborhood to examine food security at the census-tract level and county levels. The data source is updated every four years (quadrennially), and the website features a comparison between the current and previous cycle data for users to track the difference geographically.

Log Into North Carolina

Author: North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management
Tool Type: Dashboard
Existing Data Source

This dashboard is a user-friendly interactive data retrieval service containing historical information on topics including population, labor force, education, transportation, revenue, agriculture, vital statistics and health, environment and recreation, energy and utilities, and other topics. Each topic category provides comprehensive variables. For example, the vital statistics and health category has detailed data on births, deaths, pregnancies, marriages, divorces, nursing facility beds, beds in general hospitals, persons served in program facilities (NC alcohol and drug treatment centers, mental health development centers), and more. Most data are available at both the county and state levels, and registered users have access to full datasets.

Tri-COG Food Ecosystem Economic Development Strategy

Author: Triangle J, Kerr-Tar, and Upper Coastal Plain Councils of Governments
Tool Type: Guides
Sample Resource

This a brief guide to develop a regional food system model to drive economic development, improve food supply chain, strengthen partnership among diverse stakeholders, and enhance resilience and equity in the local food system. This guide is also a collaboration among 17 counties in North Carolina.