Food Work Research Study

Get involved in a study on food-related work and health

picture of server preparing foodResearchers at Indiana University and the University of Washington are interviewing people working in food service, delivery, or provision to understand their work experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As you may know, people working in the food industry (groceries, restaurants, delivery, factories) during COVID have had a higher risk of getting the illness. Through this study, researchers are aiming to find ways to create more protections for food workers.

  • Does your job involve food? This could be a number of things, like working at a grocery store, fast food restaurant, food delivery service, food preparation plant/factory, or a number of other jobs.
  • Are you 40 years of age or older?
  • Do you live in the state of Indiana or Washington?

If you answered yes to these three questions, we want to talk with you! To see if you are eligible, please take this quick survey or call 317-935-7847. If you are eligible, someone from the study team will review more information about the study with you to see if you would like to participate in the interview.

The interview will take up to 90 minutes to complete. Each person who completes an interview will receive a $40 gift card as a thank-you for their time and participation.

About this research

This study is being conducted by Dr. Emily Ahonen from the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI and Dr. Anjum Hajat from the University of Washington School of Public Health. It is funded by the National Institutes of Health and will answer important questions that may help improve employment conditions for food workers in the future.

Taking part in this study is voluntary.

You can choose not to participate or can leave the study at any time. There is no penalty for choosing not to participate in this study or choosing to leave the study. Your decision to participate or not participate in this study will not affect your current or future relationships with Indiana University. Again, taking part in this study is optional and completely up to you.

Why is this study being done?

The purpose of this study is to understand what it is like to work in food service, delivery, or provision during COVID-19. Specifically, we want to understand the experiences of workers who are 40 years of age or older, since we know that those who are older could get sicker if they get COVID-19 than those who are younger. This study will look at:

  • What you know about preventing COVID-19 and where you get this information;
  • What your place of work has done to help protect you from COVID-19; and,
  • What you do/do not do at work and in your daily life to help prevent getting COVID-19 and why.