Alumni Making Waves

Our Austin Community: Rose Lewis

Mar 5, 2021

Rose Lewis, Houston 2014

Social Service Designer, Design Institute for Health

How are you making an impact for kids, the community, or the network?

After graduating from the Steve Hicks School of Social Work with my MSSW in 2019, I started working at the Design Institute for Health. Our team uses the design process to try to tackle some of the challenging systemic issues in our healthcare and community systems. I work at the intersection of human-centered design, public health, social work, and community. As the only former public school educator and social worker on our team, I focus on bringing a person-centered, strengths-based, equity, and trauma-informed approach to our design work. I led a design team that created, coordinated, and implemented a sustainable, resident-centered social service coordination program at an affordable housing complex in East Austin. My current project is looking at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on long-term care facilities (staff, residents, and families) in the Austin area. Teach For America taught me how to analyze our systems through an equity (and inequity) lens, and now I get to find ways to address these inequities through a creative but systemic approach.

What do you hope to be true for Austin kids, community, and/or the alumni network 10 years from now?

I hope our community strives for progressive change and evolves from the learnings of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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