EM2207C "Tackling Food Injustice in North Texas: Research Outcomes and Program Impact" (CTSA GR 232-032922)

UT Southwestern CTSA Program Community Engagement Grand Rounds Online

Purpose and Content

A tension between the “push” of research and the “pull” of community need prevents rapid translation of evidence into practice. Historically, academic institutions have perpetuated an approach that pushes out research results without adequate attention to community needs, i.e., the pull model (1, 2). In contrast, building on a long history of collaboration with key health systems like the Dallas County safety-net Parkland Health and Hospital Systems, UT Southwestern’s CTSA-funded Office of Community Health and Research Engagement strives to strike a balance between the “push” and the “pull” by ensuring bidirectional exchange of ideas, needs and expertise between community stakeholders and academic researchers. To foster patient-centered clinical and translational research, investigators need to understand how to identify community needs and priorities by using evidence-based approaches and best practices to optimize community stakeholder engagement at multiple levels.


1) Building Capacity for Evidence-Based Public Health: Reconciling the Pulls of Practice and the Push of Research 

2) Beyond “implementation strategies”: classifying the full range of strategies used in implementation science and practice 

Target Audience

Physicians (MD and DO); Non-Physicians (PA, APN, Psy, RN); PhD level researchers. 

Learning Objectives

This presentation will describe best practices for community engagement using examples from a partnership between universities and direct service providers in the food banking sector. Food security will be introduced as a social determinant of health, food assistance will be described as an upstream intervention with large downstream health impacts, and food injustice will be described as an urgent social problem that can only be solved through increased political will and programmatic and policy innovations.  

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to: 

  • Discuss health challenges facing people who are food insecure 

  • Discuss the benefits of and challenges facing community-academic collaborations  

  • Describe the continuum of community engagement  

  • Describe at least two program and policy innovations that can improve food security. 

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
  • 1.00 Attendance
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Course Director:

Simon Lee, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Population and Data Sciences

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Dallas, TX



Sandi Pruitt, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Population and Data Sciences

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Dallas, TX



In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accrediting Continuing Education, all persons in the position to control the content of an education activity are required to disclose all financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 24 months with any ineligible company (any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on patients).  UT Southwestern also considers ineligible those companies producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products in development for future use on patients, such as healthcare product research companies. All reported financial relationships with ineligible companies are reviewed for relevancy and then mitigated through a content review process prior to the activity (where applicable). 



The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center certifies that non-physicians will receive an attendance certificate stating that they participated in the activity that was designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA
  • 1.00 Attendance


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