Dr. Jason Gilliland presents FRESHER results to community stakeholders
Dr Jason Gilliland (HEAL Director) presented the results of Phase 1 of the Food Retail Environment Study for Health & Economic Resiliency (FRESHER) project to a forum of community stakeholders organized through FRESHER partner the Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board. FRESHER is a rapid response to the widespread closures of, and modified operating conditions for, many food retail (e.g., grocers and convenience stores) and food hospitality outlets (e.g., restaurants and bars).
Phase 1 of FRESHER’s findings studied the economic and social impacts of COVID-19 by mapping over 28,000 businesses, surveying 490 employees and employers, and interviewing 152 participants involved in the industry. The presentation was attended by a wide range of professionals from local government, several Ontario provincial ministries, local community and workforce organizations, and academic researchers. For more information, watch the full video and access the related report (PDF).