Using Local Data and Partnerships to Address Food Insecurity and Child Care Challenges During COVID

May 18, 2021 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Fay Walker, Urban Institute

In this session, teams from Cleveland and Houston discussed the importance of using local data to address child care and food insecurity challenges, and how researchers and community based organizations worked collaboratively to create applied data tools.

Starting Point (Cleveland's regional child care resource and referral agency) collaborated with The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western to collect and analyze data on child care operations, to better understand the effect of COVID-19 on child care programs during the shutdown and reopening as parents try to return to work. 

Urban Harvest is a leading organization in Houston that provides affordable and healthy food to the most food-insecure Houstonians. They partnered with the Kinder Institute at Rice University to create a data-based decision support tool that helps ensure their mobile market is being dispatched to areas of Houston where residents need it the most.

These projects were funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The Urban Institute partnered with RWJF to fund a total of 17 projects, a number of which involved NNIP Partners, that provided local stakeholders with timely data and information for a more equitable and effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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