Texas Research-to-Policy Collaboration Project (TX-RPC) COVID-19 Newsletter Open Rate and Click Rate Among Texas Legislators and Staff

The Texas Research-to-Policy Collaboration (TX RPC) Project, adapted from a federal model, aims to accelerate the adoption of evidence-based health policy through facilitation of trusting partnerships between policymakers/legislators and Texas health researchers. In response to COVID-19, the TX RPC developed a series of  e-newsletters to disseminate Texas-focused evidence-based health research, publications, resources, and timely COVID-19 information conducted by TX RPC researchers to Texas legislators/staff and partner organizations. This poster will describe the effects of the newsletters on open rates among legislators and staff compared to researchers and committee members. 

Shelby Flores-Thorpe, Med

current doctoral student

University of Texas Health Science Center's School of Public Health in Austin (UTHealth)

Shelby Flores-Thorpe, M.Ed is a current doctoral student at the University of Texas Health Science Center's School of Public Health in Austin (UTHealth). During her time with UTHealth, she has worked on the FRESH Austin project, helping to evaluate the effectiveness of different access strategies in Austin, Texas to further examine fruuit and vegetable purchasing, consumption, food insecurity, and weight status among residents. Shelby then transitioned to the Texas Research-to-Policy Collaboration project, a non-partisan network of health researchers in Texas that aims to bridge the gap between health researchers and policymakers by providing data-driven information to Texas policymakers' legislative priorities during the 2021 Texas Legislative sessions. Shelby is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant for UTHealth's School of Public Health, assisting with introductory and public health theory classes.

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