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