Community Assistance Research Initiative (CARe)
Collaboration is required to compensate for market failure and ensure all households
have an opportunity to meet their basic needs. CARe stimulates collaborations between
people, places and organizations to support more comprehensive solutions for disadvantaged,
underserved populations in Dallas County, and the organizations that serve them.
CARe leverages collaboration to facilitate:
- Documentation of unmet needs in underserved populations
- Research agendas aligned with the needs of underserved populations and the organizations
that serve them
- Communication of results to help the public and policy makers understand the problems
and needs of the underserved
The CARe Initiative’s focus is guided by defined projects that will inform near-term
activities (the “What?”), methods by which the activities will be carried out (the
“How?”), and the underlying reasons for undertaking those activities (the “Why”).
- Integration of current efforts with those of the Dallas Information Exchange Portal.
This has the potential to enable unprecedented multi-sectoral research and service
integration among not-for-profit service providers, hospital systems, and other public
- A state-of-the-science, first-in-the-nation longitudinal health assessment of food
insecure households. This will lead to better representation of the food insecure
in health and healthcare research, intervention, and policy.
- A larger, multi-sectorial partnership with other institutions working to improve the
lives of the food insecure in Dallas, TX.
- Participatory research wherein clients inform the goals and needs of the populations
- Comprehensive solutions have the potential to improve the welfare of the food insecure
population through integration of services (e.g. financial, health, food).