By tracking and analyzing trends in areas that affect our quality of life, Compass gives everyone in our state – policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here – a common foundation to act on issues to improve our communities. More >
Are you part of an initiative or collaboration working to improve any of these issues in your area?
Have you read a recently published report or discovered a useful web site on any of these topics?
End hunger through community partnerships
Melissa Sobolik is the Director of Agency and Client Services at the Great Plains Food Bank and is one of the individuals working to target hunger gaps. Melissa highlights how the Great Plains Food Bank plays a role in finding creative and innovative solutions to hunger and its underlying causes.
Food Deserts and how they impact North Dakota
Karen K. Ehrens, RD, LRD, Coordinator for Healthy North Dakota and the Creating a Hunger Free North Dakota Coalition, and Consultant to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture Local Foods Project defines the concept of a food desert, and shares her views on how North Dakota is uniquely impacted by the lack of access to healthy food.
ND Compass explores a set of key measures for each topic area. In addition to tracking statewide trends, Compass provides data, when possible, by region, county, reservations, and larger cities (click on the map above or here to see more details). Within each topic, click on a key measure and choose "breakdown" to see what specific indicators, geographies, and characteristics are available. To find more detailed information, including data sources, definitions, or qualifications, go to the "View" drop down menu found above each key measure graph and choose "Data & notes." Links to additional data can be found under More Measures. Additional resources are available under Ideas at Work and the Library. Learn more about the project, who's involved, and the data.
Also, read the May 2013 Ask a Researcher piece: Learn how to make the ND Compass website work for you
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