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Talking hospital food, local food and crowdsourcing with #hcsmca & @UHNTalkinTrash

August 29, 2014

This summer @UHNTalkinTrash entered the social media sphere to crowdsource ideas on getting more locally grown food for hospital in-patients at the University Health Network (UHN). Adeline Cohen will moderate #hcsmca this week to discuss the project and its creative use of social networking and crowdsourcing ideas.

By Adeline Cohen (@UHNTalkinTrash)

Adeline Cohen

Adeline Cohen

As the guest moderator of this week’s #hcsmca chat (September 3, 2014), I’m excited to bring the topic of food to the Wednesday chat. Our team at UHN Energy & Environment has started looking into the question of local food for patients in hospital. We have supported patient care through a sustainable environment since 1999 and are asking for the public’s input on until October 2nd, 2014.

The Greenbelt Fund has supported projects like ours since 2011, when they started placing a focus on the broader public sector. You may have heard of the work in Ontario of St Joseph Healthcare (Guelph), St Michael’s Hospital, and many more hospitals of the province have looked into local food procurement.

talkinfood intro

Digging into the organization of patient food at University Health Network (UHN) has raised some tough questions about the role of food, and specifically local food, in healthcare. We have searched through the wide net of University Health Network for expertise and initiatives related to food in hospitals. From the interviews of 30 stakeholders, we have identified 3 challenges that are currently being discussed by patients, healthcare professionals and the local food community on our public idea crowdsourcing platform: Talkin’ Local Food with UHN. logo UHN enviro 2008

The next step will be to pilot some of the ideas in the winter.

Getting input from #hcsmca

On Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 1PM ET, we’re excited for the opportunity to discuss the successes and challenges of using social crowdsourcing, to hear your input and experiences, and to answer questions you may have. As well we’d like to ask the #hcsmca community some of the broader questions that emerged about food in hospitals from our crowdsourcing initiative. We propose the following topics:

  • T1: What are the most successful approaches to encourage people to join & engage in online crowdsourcing projects?
  • T2: Once ideas are gathered, what are the best ways to continue to engage and share progress of projects?
  • T3: Should doctors incorporate food recommendations for patients in hospital as part of treatment & recovery plans?
  • T4: Should we eat differently when we are sick? And what are your go-to foods when sick or injured?


2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2014 2:47 pm

    Thank you Colleen for introducing us to Adeline and the important work of the UHN Energy & Environment team.

    Adeline, I love this message featured prominently on your website: “Do you eat food? Then you have an opinion!”

    I’ll try to join you for #hcsmca next week. Meanwhile, Happy Labour Day weekend to you both!


  2. Adeline Cohen B permalink
    August 29, 2014 3:57 pm

    Thanks Carolyn! Colleen and I are looking forward to chatting with you and the whole community. Happy long weekend to you too!


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