As Mayor, it is my belief that all decisions should be data driven. Access to the type of hyper-local, dynamic data provided by the COVID-19 Recovery Insights Platform will be valuable in my efforts to develop targeted strategies that address areas of greatest need throughout East Baton Rouge Parish.
UrbanFootprint launched a series of advanced Social Vulnerability, Economic Stress, Health, and Accessibility indices to reveal where critical services are needed across and within American cities. Due to the escalating food access crisis in Louisiana, the indices were deployed as the backbone of a statewide Food Security Index to support agencies, cities, and food banks across Louisiana. The analysis measures the risk arising from a combination of socio-economic factors, jobless claims and economic stress, pre-existing health conditions and lack of grocery stores. A number of key insights have emerged:
Beyond providing an understanding of the larger crisis, UrbanFootprint and CPEX are helping officials and community groups close the gap between supply and demand by identifying potential food distribution locations that can reach the most at-risk residents. Mike Manning, President & CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, noted that the platform “is providing granular information on areas where our work against food insecurity is needed most or needs to be intensified. As a result, we are better able to focus our response and maximize the impact of our efforts for our communities.”
As an example of this work, the UrbanFootprint map below identifies households at high risk of food insecurity.
In the exhibit below, we analyzed a proposed intervention of using schools as additional food distribution sites and determined about 14,000 households would see improved access to food in this scenario.