Spartanburg County organizations have engaged in coalition-driven, data-informed work for over a decade related to healthy eating and active living in the community. Work has been exceptional with regard to data gathering, data sharing, and the piloting of evidence-based interventions. Quantitative data, such as BMI data gathered by the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) countywide through schools, as well as survey results from the Road to Better Health initiative, give some sense of community demographics and needs. However, this large-scale picture reveals little about experiences at the household level and is of limited use in determining ways to move forward for reducing disparities.
Barbas Rhoden, Laura, "Healthy eating & active living in childhood in Latinx households in Spartanburg, SC: a community-engaged qualitative research study on assets and challenges" (2020). Community Based Research. 5.