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Partner. Support. Respond.

August 13, 2021

Just as we were ready to start looking at COVID-19 in the rear-view mirror, as the pandemic continues to evolve, the troubling number of new cases is evidence that it won’t disappear anytime soon. While we now have vaccines and the inoculation of our population is ongoing, we nonetheless must not let our guard down because the numbers are again rising, and COVID-19 is still a real and ominous threat. 

Since February 2020, Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) faculty, staff, and students have been intimately involved in fighting COVID-19. Working alongside local, state, national and international partners, members of the RSPH community have made and are continuing to make measurable differences within, for, and beyond Georgia’s communities in the fight against the pandemic. And we cannot stop now.  


A motto first coined by our Emory COVID-19 Response Collaborative, the phrase “Partner, Support, Respond” has become our collective mantra at Rollins. Supporting practice- and evaluation-focused activities that put Emory’s talented academic community into the service of Georgia’s public health partners during the COVID-19 crisis is making real and positive impacts in our response to the pandemic. Likewise, it also helps better prepare us to face any future public health threat. 

Notable among the numerous impacts that RSPH has had in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are the following: 

  • During the past year, the ECRC and the Rollins COVID-19 Epidemiology Fellowship program have strengthened Georgia’s public health capabilities, infusing our state and district health departments with 28 new, fresh talent by placing early-career epidemiologists. In addition, the Georgia Department of Public Health has deepened its relationships with Rollins’ leading experts in public health education, training, and research to leverage their expertise more effectively for COVID-19 strategic planning, program implementation, and epidemiologic surge capacity. 
  • Close to 30 Rollins-led COVID-19 research projects are currently underway in various stages of development, across all RSPH academic departments. For example, the COVID-19 Health Equity Dashboard, a free tool that tracks the differences in the impact of the pandemic across communities in the United States with an emphasis on the social determinants of health, including percentage of residents who are African American, percentage who live in poverty, urbanization level, percentage who have co-morbid conditions such as diabetes, along with additional metrics like vaccination status, is helping county health officials and state policy makers use the data to be more responsive to ground realities. 
  • Rollins faculty, researchers, and students alike are conducting analyses of everything from super-spreader events to health- equity issues to vaccine promotion and distribution, working in tandem with Georgia’s state and local health departments to build up capacity and their ability to respond to the pandemic. 

Your support for public health matters more than ever—which is why we’re reaching out to invite you to re-invest in the Public Health Preparedness and Research Fund. 

Thank you for helping our researchers and students Partner, Support, and Respond. 

Our New Partnership

September 03, 2020

Thank you for supporting the Rollins School of Public Health Preparedness and Research Fund. Thanks to donors like you, Rollins has been able to continue expanding its research and response efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Most recently, Rollins embarked on a new partnership with the state of Georgia to help fight COVID-19 across the state. The newly formed Emory COVID-19 Response Collaborative (ECRC), established within Rollins, will provide ongoing, flexible and collaborative support to the Georgia Department of Public Health in four major areas including planning coordination, outbreak response and evaluation, training and deployment of public health professionals throughout the state, and surveillance, research and monitoring.


The new ECRC will include creation of the new Rollins COVID-19 Epidemiology Fellows Program that will place one fellow in each of Georgia’s 18 health districts to increase the public health infrastructure and COVID-19 response throughout the state. Additionally, the ECRC is conducting the nation’s first randomized statewide COVID-19 survey of 1,200 households across Georgia to understand the prevalence of COVID-19.


Read the full press release announcing formation of the ECRC here.


Thank you, again, for your support!

Rollins School of Public Health Dean’s COVID-19 Pilot Awards

June 23, 2020

Thanks to your gift to the Public Health Preparedness and Research Fund, Rollins researchers are making progress conquering COVID-19 by developing solutions to help solve this global health crisis.


What follows are a few examples of the types of grants your donation supports, as highlighted in Rollins School of Public Health Dean’s COVID-19 Pilot Awards:


  • A National-Level Survey on SARS-CoV-2 Awareness, Social Distancing Measures, and Willingness to be Vaccinated

Dr. Bob Bednarczyk and his team will conduct national surveys to assess the population’s knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to physical distancing; perceptions about governmental response to the pandemic; disease testing; and willingness to receive a COVID-19 vaccine should one become available.


  • Assessing the Psychosocial Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Maternal Health Care in Georgia

Dr. Sarah Blake and Dr. Melissa Kottke will collect data from pregnant and post-partum women to understand the psychological and health care effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on their lives and their ability to seek maternity care services. This mixed methods study will be the first to track women’s experiences with maternal health care during the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Using Sewage Surveillance as an Early Warning Tool to Monitor the Circulation of SARS-CoV-2 in the Population

Dr. Christine Moe and Dr. Pengbo Liu are developing sewage surveillance as a sensitive, simple, and cost-effective monitoring tool for COVID-19 infection in specific populations. The results will be used to apply for funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop COVID-19 sewage surveillance systems areas where high population density and poor water, sanitation, and hygiene facilitate rapid transmission.


  • Comprehensively Profiling Social Mixing Patterns in Nursing Homes to Model COVID-19 Transmission

Dr. Ben Lopman’s research will generate data from nursing homes that is vital to understanding and mitigating disease transmission in those settings. Dr. Lopman will use electronic sensors to objectively record contact between individuals at several nursing homes in the Atlanta area.


  • Examining the psychosocial impact of COVID-19 on undocumented Latinx immigrant families 

Dr. Briana Woods-Jaeger will examine how cultural and community resources influence the impact of COVID-19 on undocumented Latinx immigrant families’ psychosocial and mental health outcomes.


For more information about the Pilot Awards, read the complete story here.


Thank you for helping Emory lead the way. You can help advance lifesaving research by encouraging your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn networks to support the Public Health Preparedness and Research Fund. Your gift will save lives by directly accelerating solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Thank you.

You made #GivingTuesdayNow a success!

May 06, 2020

Thanks to you—Emory’s #GivingTuesdayNow campaign was a great success. The homepage will continue to tell the story! Check to see the total number of donors, which shows the ever-increasing strength and generosity of our community.


Thanks to you—Emory will continue to help members of our community and advance life-saving research. By standing together with thousands of other donors, you are helping fight this pandemic.  


Thanks to you—Emory continues to deliver more than 9,000 meals a week to keep frontline health care heroes energized and fed. We’ve delivered more than 40,000 meals in Atlanta to date.


Thanks to you—Emory is making progress in the fight to end COVID-19. This recent news about Emory’s remdesivir trial—has been hailed by Anthony Fauci, MD, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) as a gamechanger in the quest for new treatment.


Your gift is helping fund the way forward.


Emory thanks you.


Fight the Pandemic through #GivingTuesdayNow

April 30, 2020

You are part of Emory’s efforts in leading the fight against COVID-19. #GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by the novel coronavirus.


You have already contributed to the Public Health Preparedness and Research Fund (THANK YOU!) so now we ask you to take the next step of amplifying your impact. Energize your family, friends, and colleagues via email, text, or social media—or give them a call—inviting them to join you in taking an active step to fight the pandemic.


Two ways you can help:


1. Use the GivingTuesdayNow social toolkit for messaging suggestions and images.


2. Sign up as a volunteer fundraising ambassador. You will have a personalized link to track who makes a gift as a result of your efforts. Your ambassador dashboard also gives you access to additional peer-to-peer messaging ideas and images.


Use the links below to sign up as a fundraising ambassador for the causes you care about:


Healthcare Employee Hardship Fund- providing financial assistance for Emory Healthcare employees

Feed the Frontline- providing meals to our frontline health care workers in Atlanta

Emory COVID-19 Impact Fund- supporting Emory’s health care research and patient needs

DRIVE to end COVID-19- supporting Drug Innovation Ventures at Emory’s research for a coronavirus cure

Public Health Preparedness and Research Fund- supporting research for pandemic preparedness

Emory Together Fund- supporting emergency relief for Emory University students, faculty, and staff


By promoting #GivingTuesdayNow and #EmoryTogether, you are helping to fight the pandemic. Thank you!


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