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Food Insecurity in Ohio

A three-year intensive study that uncovered health inequities and offer solutions to building a better Wyandotte County.




Below is a comprehensive list of Kirwan research reports. For specific report requests,  please contact Ashley Wilson at wilson.1871@osu.edu.

Black Male Achievements

The Geography of Opportunity: Mapping to Advance Racial and Social Equity in Portland, OR

Mapping Child Well-being in Duval County, FL

Research Domain: Race in the Mind

A Quick Look at Standardized Testing and Stereotype Threat

Growing Together for a Sustainable Future: Strategies and Best Practices for Engaging with Disadvantaged Communities on Issues of Sustainable Development and Regional Planning

The African American Agenda: A Path to Transformative Change

Equity in Early Learning Opportunities: Examining the Roles of Place, Space, and Race

Employment Opportunities and Challenges for Lower-Income Older Adults: Opportunity & Mapping Analysis for Baltimore, MD MSA

Black Girls in Franklin County, Ohio: Progress, Power and Possibility

Building Housing and Credit Opportunity for All: A Civil Rights Response to “Reforming America’s Housing Finance Market: A Report to Congress”

Opportunity & Mapping Analysis for White Center, WA

Diversity Strategies for Successful Schools

Quality Matters: Achieving Benefits Associated With Racial Diversity

Opportunity and Location in Federally Subsidized Housing Programs

Bibliographical Guide to Structural Racialization, Implicit Bias, and Systems Thinking

Higher Education and Diversity: Ethical and Practical Responsibility in the Academy

Attaining the American Dream: Racial Differences in the Effects of Pell Grants on Students’ Persistence and Educational Outcomes”

Detroit Civic Engagement Fellows: Site Visit Workbooklet

Beyond the Quick Fix: ARRA Contracting, Jobs, and Building a Fair Recovery for Florida

ARRA and The Economic Crisis: One Year Later

An Ethnographic View of Impact: Asset Stripping for People of Color

What is a Bank Robber?

Bending Toward Justice: An Empirical Study of Foreclosures in One Neighborhood Three Years After Impact and a Proposed Framework for a Better Community

Access to Consumer Credit Post Foreclosure

The Consumer Financial Protection Agency: Key to Safety and Soundness and Consumer Protection

Credit and Lending in Communities of Color

Does Discretionary Pricing Mean Discriminatory Pricing?

Extending Credit to Marginalized Communities

Fannie, Freddie, and the Future of Fair Housing

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: How Can We Increase Their Support of the Mortgage Market?

Breaking the Bank / (Re)Making the Bank: America’s Financial Crisis and the Implications for Sustainable Advocacy for Fair Credit and Fair Banking

Mortgage Lending and Foreclosures in Immigrant Communities: Expanding Fair Housing and Fair Lending Opportunity Among Low Income and Undocumented Immigrants

Furthering Fair Housing, the Housing Finance System, and the Government Sponsored Enterprises

Race-Recovery Index: Is Stimulus Helping Communities in Crisis?

Rethinking Value: The need for a new conceptualization of value in the context of blighted, urban neighborhoods recovering from the foreclosure crisis and decades of neglect

Subprime Lending in the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County

Understanding the Subprime Crisis: Institutional Evolution and Theoretical Views

Fair Credit and Fair Housing in the Wake of the Subprime Lending and Foreclosure Crisis: Findings from the Kirwan Institute Initiative

No Home in Indian Country

Montclair Public Schools: Focus Groups

Race-Recovery Index: Is Stimulus Helping Communities in Crisis?

Targeted Universalism and the Jobs Bill: Helping Communities in Crisis Through Targeted Investments

The State of Black Ohio: At a Crossroads on the Pathway to Opportunity

Health Insurance Only Partial Solution to Racial Health Disparities

The Geography of Opportunity: Mapping to Promote Equitable Community Development and Fair Housing in King County, WA

Race-Recovery Index: Is Stimulus Helping Communities in Crisis?

Shining the Light: Revealing our Choice

Shining the Light: A Practical Guide to Co-Creating Healthy Communities

Guide to Community Workforce Agreements

Race-Recovery Index: Is Stimulus Helping Communities in Crisis?

Recovering From Crisis: A Review of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program in Florida’s Economic Recovery

Unemployment Insurance, the Recession, and Race

Race-Recovery Index: Is Stimulus Helping Communities in Crisis?

School Integration Framing & Messaging: Toward a Transformative Conversation

Shining the Light: Revealing Our Choice in the St. Cloud Region

Affirmative Action in Ohio: A Resource for Policymakers and Advocates

Where’s The Stimulus? State and Regional Profiles of the Recovery Act Investment in New York State

Recommendations for Assuring Robust Civic Engagement & Equity in Detroit’s Shrinking City Planning Effort

Opportunity Communities: A Pathway to Sustainable and Livable Communities


Food Opportunity Research Collaborative

The Food Opportunity Research Collaborative (FORC) is an interdisciplinary university-community research team made up of OSU faculty, staff, students, and community partners. FORC desires to gain a better understanding of the lived experience of food insecurity.

Specifically, FORC is interested in understanding how the lived experience of food insecurity differs based on community typology (urban, suburban, or rural), race and ethnicity, and level of food security. FORC employs a modified version of a participatory mapping approach known as Healthy Eating and Active Living Mapping Attributes using Photographic Participatory Surveys (HEAL MAPPS).

FORC wrapped up a project in West Chester, Ohio located in suburban Butler County. The community report and corresponding story map from that project are available. FORC will be collaborating with I Am My Brother’s Keeper to work on the Southside of Columbus.

Learn more…

Race and Cognition

Latest Review

State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review 2016

The Kirwan Institute is excited to publish the fourth edition of its annual State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review to deepen public awareness of implicit biases and the challenges they pose to a society that strives to treat all of its members equally. Research from the neuro-, social and cognitive sciences show that hidden biases are distressingly pervasive, that they operate largely under the scope of human consciousness, and that they influence the ways in which we see and treat others, even when we are determined to be fair and objective.

This important body of research has enormous potential for helping to reduce unwanted disparities in every realm of human life. Learn More…

Implicit Bias in School Discipline

Implicit Racial Bias in Education Introduction

Understanding racialized discipline disparities in K–12 public education, is crucial, as students who are “pushed out” of the classroom are denied educational opportunities. This research seeks to shed light on racialized discipline disparities and disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by focusing specifically on implicit racial bias as a contributing factor to persistent discipline disproportionalities in schools.

Materials on this page highlight the relationship between implicit racial bias and school discipline. Included among the materials are documents that shed light on discipline disparities in Ohio, documents that explain how implicit racial bias can operate in the education domain and influence school discipline, a national scan of successful intervention strategies, issue briefs, a communications and social media toolkit, and other materials. We encourage you to share this content widely. Learn More…

I Am My Brother’s Keeper

Like the nation, Franklin County and the Columbus community have struggled to expand and secure pathways to opportunity for African American men and boys. Our community reflects the many systemic and structural challenges facing the African American community nationwide.

Targeted investments connecting young African American men and boys with pathways to opportunity can equip them with the tools needed to strive for more than just survival on the city’s Southside.

Such investments will empower them to lead engaged and fully participatory lives as equal citizens, with improved consequences for themselves, their families, their communities and the Columbus, Ohio region. Learn More…

The Kirwan Institute is a research and editorial partner in The United Way of Central Ohio’s Champion of Children report. It investigates the health and well-being of our community’s children by providing a window into the conditions of Franklin County children, reflecting the many assets and opportunities that enable children to thrive, as well as illuminating the challenges that can limit a child’s growth and development. ×

2016 Champion of Children Report

The 2016 Champion of Children report explores the differential outcomes for Latino males in our educational system to better understand why Latino males are “vanishing from higher education.”

2015 Champion of Children Report

The 2015 Champion of Children Report documents the many challenges facing our young boys of color, challenges that if left unaddressed, imperil their successful entry into adulthood and their ability to be flourishing, productive members of our community.

2014 Champion of Children Report

The 2014 Champion of Children Report focuses on how childhood trauma and stress can be corrosive and damaging to childhood development and success for children in poverty. This can mean lives consumed by stress, anxiety and insecurity, passing from one generation to the next.

Support The Kirwan Institute

Our research is designed to be actively used to solve problems in society. Research and staff expertise are shared through an extensive network of colleagues and partners—ranging from other researchers, grassroots social justice advocates, policymakers, and community leaders nationally and globally, who can quickly put ideas into action.