Breaking Down Silos: Collaborative Research to Inform City of Austin Food System Response During COVID-19

Speaker: Panelists
Length: 57:52 minutes

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, City of Austin's Office of Sustainability called upon partners to investigate the anticipated growing food needs and how these needs exist at the local level. Two Austin-based institutions stepped in to fill gaps in understanding utilizing their experience with existing data systems and methodology: UTHealth School of Public Health, and Dell Medical School. UTHealth School of Public Health researchers built upon their experience with 211 call data to analyze trends in food need calls during the pandemic to identify areas with unmet food needs. Dell Medical School's Division of Community Engagement and Health Equity modified its Household Level Assessment to follow up with COVID positive patients and other Travis County residents to connect them to the resources they need. This panel will cover the partnership between the City, UTHealth School of Public Health, and Dell Medical School, the methodological approaches, analyses and the benefits of collaborative research across institutions and sectors.

Panelists:
Amanda Rohlich, MPA
City of Austin, Office of Sustainability

Kathryn Janda, PhD, MPH
UTHealth School of Public Health

Kacey Hanson, MPH
Dell Medical School, Division of Community Engagement and Health Equity

Moderator:
Alexandra van den Berg, PhD, MPH
UTHealth School of Public Health

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