Intern Dispatch: Take a Loved One for A Check Up Serves Austin

Take a loved one for a checkup day at the Delco Center (TLOC) was a joint event hosted by Austin ISD, the African American Quality of Life Task Force, and the City of Austin Health and Human Services Department. The event provided services to many individuals and families that may not have the time to see the doctor, are unable to see the doctor frequently, or may be uninsured or underinsured. Services offered at the event included free HIV screening, glucose checks, and general wellness checks. In addition to the services offered, organizations that promoted wellness in the community were present.

I was working the FFBT booth where we promoted our cause to those that had interest.  We had a raffle to win a 100-dollar HEB gift card as an incentive to fill out a survey. The survey administered aided FFBT in its research regarding the critical understanding of food systems through the lens of persons of color in the community. Various performances were held on stage during the event, which included quick workouts to stay fit, dances, and even a spoken word rapper. I was happy to see that many organizations, various health services, wellness organizations and even a small job fair came out to support the cause and the community.

Being a biology major in college allows you to learn a lot about how health works but doesn’t present many opportunities to learn about food and health issues, which are prevalent around Austin. The best way to investigate the lack of food access, healthcare and mobility that exists in the community is to be directly involved. Ideas must be coupled with action to be brought to life. Interning with FFBT allows direct access and investigation to real issues such as food deserts firsthand.

At the table I was allowed to present our cause and offer the survey. Most visitors were willing to work with us and even offered to share their food experiences. I was grateful for the fact that people were willing to share their food experiences and aid us in researching solutions.

By: Christian Adea, Food for Black Thought Intern | Fall 2016