The Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control (ISC-3) awarded this pilot project in July 2021 with the goal of examining issues of health equity around the built environment for tobacco in the consortium’s catchment area (eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois). The project maps likely tobacco retailers in the catchment and investigates associations between tobacco retailer density and resident-to-retailer proximity with various health outcomes and socioeconomics.
The goal of the project is to develop interactive dashboards and other translational products for community partners to use in their advocacy efforts for tobacco control in the ISC-3 catchment. Researchers from CPHSS kicked off the project with a series of meetings with community partners to ensure that the work would be useful for those working on the ground. These collaborations will continue throughout the duration of the project which aims to inform local-level policy development across Missouri and Illinois.