Understanding COVID-19: Research during a crisis

On Friday, June 2, University of Utah experts and health researchers came together to discuss how scientists and others mobilized to learn more about COVID-19 and to combat the epidemic. University of Utah scientists discussed their research and addressed the numerous unanswered questions emerging from the COVID-19 crisis. Two of the experts who spoke during the event were Taylor Randall, dean of the David Eccles School of Business and Professor of Accounting, and Stephen Alder, Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine and Executive Director of the Center for Business, Health, and Prosperity.

Randall spoke on the economic impacts that the COVID-19 health crisis had. The research from the University of Utah and other institutions had a profound impact on state and national media and reached national audiences via earned media. This research and subsequent policy recommendations allowed Utah to have one of the best performance rates during the crisis.

Alder, whose research focuses on how to engage communities to build capacity for accessing resources needed to achieve high-quality health, spoke about the numerous testing and research programs carried out by the Utah HERO project. Through a combination of school-based testing and community testing initiatives, the Utah Hero Project was able to deliver valuable information to help mitigate spread and inform policy decisions.

To find out more, visit the University of Utah Health’s Immunology, Inflammation, and Infectious Disease (3i) Initiative.


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