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

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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.




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

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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.

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…

Implicit Bias

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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…

Infant Mortality

Infant mortality is the rate at which babies die within their first year of life. Infant mortality is a measure that can be used to gauge the trends in women and child health, the quality and availability of medical care, public health practices, and the economy overall.

The Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force members have extensively studied the evidence on what works and the experience of other communities. They have considered how these practices and approaches can best be adapted to address the unique challenges – and build on the distinct strengths – of our own community. The Task Force also asked the community for its ideas about how we can turn the tide. Below are key findings from this process and an overview of the plan and recommendations. Learn More…

Food Mapping Project


In June 2013, The Ohio State University Food Innovation Center awarded an Innovation Initiative to the Mapping the Food Environment project.

The objectives of this research initiative were:

  1. To develop a comprehensive, user-friendly food access data hub to facilitate research and collaboration for food mapping-related research to enhance productivity and maximize community benefit;
  2. To integrate secondary and primary data sets related to food security, food access, food production, health, community assets, sociodemographic variables, and food affordability for use in translational outcomes-based research;
  3. To integrate and enhance the existing mapping and modeling methodologies that have been developed by team members, and test and improve food environment indicators for use in evaluating policy interventions. Results of this project will provide the infrastructure and preliminary data and results for grant proposals to USDA, CDC, and health-oriented foundations (e.g., Robert Wood Johnson).

Kirwan is a proud partner in this work and its impact on scholarship, teaching, community engagement, and the student experience. Learn more…

Food Mapping Team-related publications

Mapping the cost of a balanced diet, as a function of travel time and food price

Kirwan Authors: Christy Rogers and Jason Reece
Authors: N. Hilbert, Jennifer Evans-Cowley, Wendy Ake, and Casey Hoy

The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development 5(1):1-23.


Alternative Agrifood Projects in Communities of Color: A Civic Engagement Perspective
Kirwan Authors: Glennon Sweeney, Kareem Usher, Kip Holley, and Christy Rogers
Authors: Casey Hoy, Jill Clark, and Colleen Spees

(submitted to Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development Call for Commentaries on Race and Ethnicity in Food Systems Work).


Finding Our Compass: The Process of Building our Community-University Food Mapping Team
Kirwan Authors: Christy Rogers
Authors: Michelle Kaiser, Michelle Hand, Casey Hoy, and Nick Stanich

(under review, Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship).

The State of Food Mapping: Academic Literature since 2008 and Review of On-Line GIS-Based Food Mapping Resources
Kirwan Authors: Glennon Sweeney and Christy Rogers
Authors: Michelle Hand, Michelle Kaiser, Jill Clark, and Colleen Spees

(forthcoming, Journal of Planning Literature)


Community-University Engagement via a Boundary Object: The Case of Food Mapping in Columbus, Ohio
Kirwan Authors: Christy Rogers
Authors: Jill Clark, Michelle Kaiser, Richard Hicks, Casey Hoy, and Colleen Spees

(forthcoming, Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education).


Below is a comprehensive list of Kirwan research reports. For specific report requests,  please contact Jamaal Bell at bell.875@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


Is public transportation a civil rights issue? Free To Ride follows a community group in Dayton, Ohio and their four-year struggle to gain access to jobs and education by bus to a booming neighboring suburb of Beavercreek. The Beavercreek administration doesn’t want buses in their community in fear of what public buses bring into their community. What are these fears and why block buses? This clash between neighbors captures the attention and intervention from federal government. How did this problem get solved… Did it get solved. Coming Fall 2015!  Learn more…

Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity’s documentary on the community youth orchestra, Urban Strings. URBANStrings The Documentary is a story about a community group creating opportunities and exposing arts and culture to the youth of Columbus, Ohio. This documentary will also feature interviews with the musicians, families, and directors. The film will include the history of African Americans and stringed instruments. Learn more…

This is a non-fiction film commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” The film stars community leaders of Columbus, Ohio and educators and leaders of The Ohio State University. The Letter from Birmingham Jail is an open letter written on April 16, 1963, by Martin Luther King, Jr. The letter defends the strategy of nonviolent resistance to racial discrimination, arguing that people have a moral responsibility to break unjust laws. After an early setback, it enjoyed widespread publication and became a key text for the American civil rights movement of the early 1960s. Learn more…

Short productions in support of The Ohio State University and the Kirwan Institute’s goals and initiatives. Learn more…