The Atwood Community Gardens & Urban Farm Park
THE ISSUE: Located in the heart of the Adamsville community at 3620 M.L. King Jr. Dr, Atlanta, GA 30331, the Southwest Atlanta Nephrology, PC Center (SAN Center) has built three dialysis suites in one single facility to meet the growing demand for treatment of chronic illnesses such as kidney disease, hypertension, kidney dialysis and diabetes. Nearby, The Adamsville Health Center is a well utilized government facility that also serves this neighborhood. The need and high use of both medical centers demonstrates that residents that live in or near Adamsville suffers from a disproportionate amount of disease burden. The Adamsville Health Center’s Expansion and Renovation Feasibility Study (2009) reported that the demographics in the area are characteristic of an underserved population, with high proportion of minorities and low income and home value. Data indicate numerous social determinants of health that continue to impact the Adamsville community which experiences disproportionately higher levels of health-related outcomes (i.e., close proximity to the Hartsfield-Jackson & Brown airports, heavy traffic, brownfields, crime, lack of grocery stores and access to healthy foods, etc).
Our Solution: NEXT Steps created the CSI: The Sciencee Behind Our Food project to determine if cloaking our educational, urban gardening and community outreach initiatives as a forensic science “whodunit” mystery program would encourage students and their families to engage in activities to explore, improve the health of their physical environment and adopt healthier eating habits. Our primary hypothesis predicts that adding a "home-made" outdoor oven would increase the number of visitors to Atwood and their interaction with one another as we train them to share empowering information and effective strategies that addresses, reduces and/or eliminates the communities’ environmental health concerns.
 Adamsville Health Center Renovation and Expansion Feasibility Study, Fulton County Health and Human Services Planning and Evaluation Division, June 2009
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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