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The COVID-19 pandemic has presented extreme challenges to families and children facing elevated levels of food insecurity. Understanding nutritional need levels is important for local and federal policymakers to determine where, when, and how to provide support to families. But getting a handle on these needs has been made difficult because of a lack of data to compare to the pre-pandemic period and to examine changes during the pandemic. Creating accurate data visualizations is also important because, for some, it will be the only way they interact with the topic, and for others, it will help them decide whether to read the full research. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Data@Urban

Although green roofs are considered as a no-regret adaptation measure that helps to address various impacts of climate change, they are still rather rare. This paper explores three major European cities that have policies in place that are supposed to facilitate the installation of green roofs. The authors ask what approaches were chosen by local authorities to promote green roofs and which factors facilitated their implementation. Follow this link to read the article. 

Sourced from: Journal of Urban Affairs 

Across the country, Black city-builders are imagining and building more just and beautiful communities. What are they learning and dreaming?

Join Orlando P. Bailey of Urban Consulate for a new series of candid conversations rooted in radical truth, joy, and love. In this one-hour virtual premiere event, Bailey welcomes three featured guests from Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, and Cincinnati to delve deep into key themes and invite audience reflection and action. The conversation is being held on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 1 EDT. Follow this link to register. 

Sourced from: Next City 

The International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) invites you to join their 17th International Conference on Urban Health: 2021 hosted online by SALURBAL and project partners across Latin America.  

Join their international network of interdisciplinary urban health researchers, policymakers, business leaders, practitioners, and grassroots community advocates to exchange ideas, advance research, and drive action across sectors, transforming urban environments to promote health and environmental sustainability as we rethink urban health in the context of COVID-19. The conference is being held online from July 6-8, 2021. Follow this link to learn more. 

Sourced from: International Conference on Urban Health

Walk around your neighborhood and count the house or building colors you see. Four million hues of grey? Check. Lots of tans and browns? Definitely. An abundance of white and off-white? Absolutely. The occasional red door? You got lucky. Even many beautiful brick buildings are muted canvases just waiting for a touch of hue and vibrancy—opportunities in the window frames, doors, and accents. Follow this link to read more.

Sourced from: Next City 

You can use this tool to test your knowledge of population data. You start by choosing a geographic level: metro areas or states, and then select the name in each match-up that you think has the larger population. Follow this link to begin. 

Sourced from: The United States Census Bureau 

If you are looking to get quick access to vital information about your local community, the Knowledge Exchange has created a great community profile. You can find information on demographics, income and employment, and housing for your county, a specific community, or a region. Click here to learn more.

A recording of February's webinar on Engaging Latinos and Creating Partnerships with Latino Media is now available to view.

This discussion was led by Ricardo Vela, Program Manager, University of California ANR News and Information Outreach in Spanish (NOS), topics discussed included:

  • Audience
  • Messaging
  • Identifying community needs and priorities
  • Building relationships
  • Partnering with community organizations
  • Social media vs. traditional media

Participants gained insights about how to take a multi-directional approach to outreach, and how to more effectively use traditional media outlets, including radio, print media, broadcast TV, and news releases.

Follow this link to learn more. 
Follow this link to view the webinar recording.

Sourced from: Extension Foundation.

In a pandemic-driven season that saw a surge of e-commerce, the top metros feature a strong presence of logistics hubs like Chicago, the Midwest megaregion that returns to its spot at the top of the Tier 1 rankings. Indeed, the Midwest makes a resounding statement with not just Chicago, but Toledo, Ohio, and Sioux City, Iowa, emerging from the nationwide pack as Tier 2 and Tier 3 winners, Toledo sharing its first-place finish with fellow first-timer Savannah, Georgia. Follow this link to read more.

Sourced from: Site Selection 

Join Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute, for the next installment in Urban’s conversation series, Evidence to Action. During this virtual event, Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA), who represents California’s 27th district, will discuss immigrants’ inclusion in and connection to the safety net. Following that, Hamutal Bernstein, principal research associate at the Urban Institute, and Huma Zarif, former staff attorney at Northwest Health Law Advocates, will join Wartell to address the ways federal policies and practices could improve immigrant families’ access to safety net and relief programs, fostering well-being and boosting the economy. The event is taking place, Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. EDT.  Follow this link to learn more. 

Soured from: Urban Institute