PHRESH: Pittsburgh Hill/Homewood Research on Neighborhood Change and Health
Update for Participants
Dear PHRESH participants,
Thank you for participating in the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic check in. We have completed data collection, and are currently planning for data collection in the Spring of 2021, if we can safely do so.
We have collected a list of Pittsburgh resources being offered for those with coronavirus-related issues:
The PHRESH team
Our neighborhoods can impact our health and well-being. We are interested in learning more about how improvements to neighborhoods—including renovating parks and green spaces, increasing affordable, quality housing, and decreasing the distance residents need to travel to buy quality foods—can influence the health of a neighborhood's population.
PHRESH is part of an ongoing study of the Hill District and Homewood communities in the City of Pittsburgh. We are examining features of the built and social environment over time, and documenting to what extent changes impact residents' health and well-being, diet, exercise, sleep, and heart health.
This comprehensive study follows a cohort of households and their built and social environment over time to try to answer these questions. Results will provide valuable information to City Planning, housing authorities, community development corporations, and real estate developers on issues that are important to communities nationwide.
An Ongoing Study of Neighborhood Health and Well-being
For 30 years—until 2013 through 2019—Pittsburgh's Hill District was without a full-service supermarket. The original PHRESH study began by looking at residents' health and nutrition, their food shopping (where they bought food, how they got there), perceptions about their neighborhood, and access to healthy food options, and then looked at what changes occurred after a supermarket opened. Since then, the PHRESH study has expanded in several ways and continues to look at whether and how neighborhood improvements affect our health and well-being:
- Diet and exercise habits
- Resident use of parks and neighborhood green spaces
- Transportation access
- Perceptions of neighborhood safety
- Neighborhood conditions
- Heart health, including blood sugar and blood pressure
- Sleep quality
- COVID-19 pandemic related outcomes including food security, distress and employment impacts
- Mental health.
We believe that the more communities know about the health of their residents, the more empowered they can become. PHRESH is supported by community advisory boards made up of neighborhood residents and representatives from local businesses and nonprofit organizations. We are committed to sharing the study's results with residents, policymakers, and community organizations at public meetings in the Hill District and Homewood.
Visit our FAQ page to learn more about how you can get involved with PHRESH. Participants should live in Pittsburgh's Hill District or Homewood neighborhoods.
To find out if you're eligible, contact PHRESH field coordinator La'Vette Wagner at 412.586.5695 or La'Vette_Wagner@rand.org.