In partnership with MCORRP, PHS is excited to share our collaboration on an NIH-funded research study with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB). This study, titled “Investigating the Impact of COVID-19 on School Meals: A Mixed-Methods Phenomenology of Rural, Suburban, and Urban Nutrition Directors” will give the teams of University of Michigan and UTMB an opportunity to learn about the experience that Michigan school food service directors had with providing meals to students both before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are still actively recruiting participants to share their experience with us! If you are a school food service director or know of one who would be willing to participate, we would love to hear from you. If you or your district’s food service director would like to participate, you will be asked to complete a demographic form and have an interview with a member of our research team. There will be one or two 30-60-minute interviews where we will ask questions about your perceptions, thoughts, memories, and emotions about your experience as a nutrition director.

Participants will be offered an electronic gift card worth $25.00 for participation and completion of the demographic forms and interview. No compensation will be offered to participants who do not complete the entire study. If participants are asked to do a second interview, they will be offered another $25.00 an electronic gift card.

If you would like to learn more about the study, please contact PHS Program Manager, Melissa Boguslawski at

If you are interested in signing up and scheduling an interview, please follow the link below and a member of our research team will reach out to schedule your interview:

Learn more about MCORRP:

Learn more about the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston:

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