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Policy & Public Health

USM faculty and researchers are applying their expertise in public health, social behavior, and other areas to develop solutions and guide policies that address the current and emerging challenges caused by COVID-19.



School of Public Health (UMD) & School of Medicine (UMB)

University of Maryland, College Park
University of Maryland, Baltimore

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Researchers at the two institutions are partnering to study COVID transmission pathways and develop strategies to limit the virus' spread. They are studying exhaled breath aerosols in order to screen critical staff for COVID-19 to see if they are shedding the virus.

The Hilltop Institute

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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Working closely with the Maryland Department of Health, the Hilltop Institute is providing data analysis and operational support to the Maryland Medicaid program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their analysis will identify Medicaid participants most at risk due to underlying health conditions or interruptions in support services.

Department of Psychology (UMBC) & Department of Psychology (UMD)

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Maryland, College Park

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This research team has received National Science Foundation grant to examine intensified racism and discrimination against Chinese-American people as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The team will also investigate Chinese-American families’ coping strategies.

Department of Computer Science

Bowie State University

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Professor of Computer Science Sharad Sharma is the principal investigator on a National Science Foundation grant-funded project using data visualization, analysis and prediction of COVID-19 to determine reasons why the black community is disproportionately impacted during the coronavirus pandemic.

Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science

University of Maryland, College Park

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Since the COVID-19 lockdown began in March, a research team have been working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to measure, from the air, how changing habits due to the coronavirus have impacted air pollution in the D.C. metro area. The team conducts missions in a research aircraft equipped to gather real-time information on pollutants and analyzes the data from each flight.

School of Public Policy

University of Maryland, College Park

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The study will examine why governments flout WHO guidance, and whether their actions—or overreactions—do more harm than good. The two-year project aims to create a decision tool for governments and companies so they can properly respond in high-pressure, uncertain situations like the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Emergency Health Services, Graduate School

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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Professor Lucy Wilson, an infectious disease physician and graduate program director of emergency health services at UMBC, served on an interdisciplinary team that developed the National Governor's Association's "Roadmap to Recovery: A Public Health Guide for Governors." Using the science of infection control and disease transmission, she helped develop criteria to maintain the safety of settings such as schools, hospitals, prisons, and nursing homes.
Professor Paul Evitts is exploring research on the beneficial effects of the inclusion of visual information (audio + visual) on the intelligibility of speech across numerous populations. Due to the coronavirus, masks are now required in many places. The proposed study will investigate the effects of facial masks on the speech intelligibility of speakers.
Professor Donn Worgs is conducting a survey of Black churches to find out what challenges they are facing during the coronavirus crisis, and what adaptations they are making to sustain their mission, maintain their institutions, and continue their community outreach and service activities.
Professor Stella Tomasi is initiating research to study company messages that are disseminated on websites about the COVID-19 pandemic. She will examine messages that companies are sharing with employees and customers about company operations and review how state response to social distancing played a role in these messages.
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USM experts seek opportunities to collaborate on solutions to the COVID-19 crisis. Now more than ever, partnership is critical.
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