Focus Area: Obesity & The Food System
Michigan State University Division of Public Health
Richard’s work focuses on food access in Flint, MI, communities. He works with community partners on various projects to address the issue of food deserts as a geographer. Richard is trained in geographic information science, environmental science and urban planning, and is the GIS expert within the Division of Public Health. Richard has been conducting community-engaged research on Flint’s food system and is involved with several new food system initiatives including local food production, food aggregation facilities, mobile markets, healthy corner stores, and grocery store campaigns.
The Michigan State University Division of Public Health was moved to Flint in 2014 with a directive to create a community-based public health research unit studying the social determinants of health and chronic disease among Flint resident.