Learning and Collaboration during Crisis: A Novel University-Community Partnership to Manufacture Medical Personal Protective Equipment
2. Materials and Methods
2.1. Case Description
2.2. Study Design
2.3. Data Collection
2.4. Data Analysis
3.1. Network Formation and Coordination
3.2. Thematic Analysis of Response Efforts
3.2.1. Challenges and Solutions
The University is designed for individual and team investigation and prototyping, but not large-scale production. Collaboration and project management across the University for a production effort on this scale required incredible effort.
Multiple groups were launched without central coordination and numerous communications indicated that there were separate, overlapping and uncoordinated efforts trying to achieve a common end leading to substantial uncertainty and confusion.
The value of informal networks and the willingness of people to share resources across school/college and [university]/community boundaries.
I thought it was awesome how so many groups got pulled together so quickly and, from my perspective, got working towards a common goal relatively quickly as well.
3.2.3. Lessons Learned
I very much enjoyed being able to meet all of the collaborators I worked with, and appreciate their unique expertise in their areas of work. Feel like I could easily collaborate with them in [the] future.
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|1. What is your name, position, and affiliation?|
|2. On what date did you become aware of face shield shortages at the University?|
|3. How did you hear about the need for face shield production at the University?|
|4. Did you have direct contact with any COVID-19 response leadership members regarding face shield development?|
|5. When was your initial contact/correspondence with each of the COVID-19 response leader(s) you selected above?|
|6. On what day did you begin working with collaborators on the face shield project?|
|7. Please explain the circumstances that led you to realize that collaboration would be necessary in order to move forward with your efforts.|
|8. Please describe your inclusion of collaborators from your own perspective.|
|9. If you worked with any lab mates/teammates on this project (students/trainees, staff, faculty, fellows, or other colleagues), please list them.|
|10. If you worked with any University affiliates outside of your lab/division, please list them along with their affiliation.|
|11. If you worked with any academic colleagues outside of the University, please list them, along with their institutional affiliation.|
|12. If you worked with any business/industry partners, please list them, being sure to specify the company name.|
|13. If you worked with any local community members, please list them, being sure to specify the organizational affiliation if appropriate.|
|14. Of all of the teammates and collaborators you listed above, had you worked with them previously? If so, please briefly describe your past interaction(s).|
|15. What challenges did you encounter during the process of designing, developing, producing, and/or distributing face shield components?|
|16. Taking the problems you discussed above, how were each of these challenges resolved?|
|17. Was there anything that surprised you during your time working on this project?|
|18. Thinking back over the past few weeks, what are your biggest lessons learned from this project?|
|Role in Response||Unit||Number of Individuals|
|Health System COVID-19 Response Leaders||6|
|Health and Safety/Infection Prevention||6|
|Health System Donation Center||4|
|Office of Technology Transfer||1|
|Clinical Simulation Center/3D Innovation Lab||1|
|Library Design Lab||1|
|Faculty and Leaders, School of Engineering||2|
|Faculty, Medical School||1|
|Student, College of Architecture and Urban Planning||1|
|College of Engineering||15|
|College of Architecture and Urban Planning||4|
|Medical School/Health System||3|
|Clinical Simulation Center/3D Innovation Lab||8|
|Other University Faculty||1|
|Named Community Partners (individuals)||14|
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Vinson, A.H.; Fishstrom, A.B.; Rooney, D.M. Learning and Collaboration during Crisis: A Novel University-Community Partnership to Manufacture Medical Personal Protective Equipment. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2258. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052258
Vinson AH, Fishstrom AB, Rooney DM. Learning and Collaboration during Crisis: A Novel University-Community Partnership to Manufacture Medical Personal Protective Equipment. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(5):2258. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052258Chicago/Turabian Style
Vinson, Alexandra H., Astrid B. Fishstrom, and Deborah M. Rooney. 2021. "Learning and Collaboration during Crisis: A Novel University-Community Partnership to Manufacture Medical Personal Protective Equipment" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 5: 2258. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052258