The world is counting on us.
As a deadly new disease upends lives, societies, and economies; as governments across our interconnected planet scramble to respond; as billions fear for their health, their families, their jobs and their futures, the vital importance of our work at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has never been clearer. Our thought-leading faculty experts; our deep bench in epidemiologic response; our networks across Harvard and the biomedical industry; and our global partnerships in government, academia, and health give us a unique capacity to respond quickly and intelligently to this crisis and puts us on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.
The scale of our response is limited only by funding—especially discretionary funds that give us the flexibility to quickly reassign and deploy dollars where they are most needed. Your unrestricted support today to our COVID-19 Response Fund is the key to expanding our capacity in this global emergency. With your help, we can develop and apply solutions directly.
You will help us mobilize laboratories and supercomputers, people and programs to focus on immediate response at the level only Harvard could provide. In the race to predict, curb, and treat COVID-19, your investment will immediately yield lives saved.
Gifts at all levels will help accelerate our COVID-19 response.
In this moment, we are changing the shape of the future. Join us.
Below is a selection of funding opportunities that reflect the breadth of our work related to the pandemic and our unparalleled capacity to shape the global response. Gifts of $100,000 and above can be directed to any of these efforts.
A GIFT OF $100,000 CAN HELP
- Accelerate emergency work modeling and predicting the spread of COVID-19
- Develop and disseminate new COVID-19 communications for parents, caregivers, and first responders
A GIFT OF $500,000 CAN HELP
- Test buildings to minimize the spread of COVID-19 between and among occupants
- Expand and improve COVID-19 testing
A GIFT OF $1,000,000 CAN HELP
- Deliver mental health interventions
- Expand partnerships with governmental entities at the local, state, and national levels to plan for and communicate the most effective directives to the public about sheltering in place, remaining healthy, and returning to work
- Spearhead and accelerate life-saving vaccine development
To discuss these opportunities, please contact:
Kristen Rozansky | Vice Dean for External Relations
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CHARTING THE PATH FORWARD
Our COVID-19 response has included emergency work modeling and predicting the spread and impact of COVID-19, as well as the impact of shelter-in-place orders and social distancing. Harvard Chan School experts have been advising the White House and governors across the country, improving testing procedures and availability in Massachusetts and elsewhere, and finding innovative ways to uncover hidden information about the pandemic—from predicting disease prevalence using infection rates among travelers to reporting on the effectiveness of social distancing using data from social media.
Lack of testing capacity in the United States has been catastrophic. Only a small fraction of COVID-19 cases have been identified through testing, meaning that we do not know the extent of infections. And not knowing more about the prevalence of the virus means that government officials can’t develop plans for reopening.
Harvard Chan School faculty are spearheading efforts to develop widespread testing capacity in Massachusetts and around the nation. This testing—both testing for the virus itself and serologic testing, a blood test that can determine whether a person has previously been infected by checking for antibodies to the virus—is an essential step in bringing our communities and country back to life.
SPEEDING VACCINE DEVELOPMENT
Many different components and interactions determine how the human body responds to a drug, vaccine, or pathogen. Harvard Chan School researchers are working to gather an unprecedented depth and breadth of information on immune functions, and will use artificial intelligence and advanced computational techniques to model immune function. With those models in hand, we will be poised to develop and test vaccines, interventions, and therapies quickly, dramatically reducing the time it takes to stop a disease like COVID-19 in its tracks.
TACKLING PANDEMIC STRESS
Many countries around the globe—including the United States—are experiencing a collective trauma like never before. As frontline health care providers and other essential workers risk their own health and well-being to care and provide for others, and as millions self-isolate to “flatten the curve,” the global population is at risk for unprecedented levels of anxiety, stress, and depression. Amid lockdowns, social isolation, exploding unemployment, and the loss of formal and informal social supports—not to mention the persistent fear of COVID-19 itself—the U.S. population is experiencing extraordinarily high levels of distress, anxiety, and depression, threatening our collective mental health and wellbeing.
Harvard Chan School faculty are tracking factors affecting the mental health and wellbeing of populations across the U.S. to identify and correlate critical factors with indicators of mental health and help-seeking before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings will identify vulnerable populations in need of assistance, strengthen mental health services, deliver evidence-based interventions to assist affected people and deploy interventions using innovative platforms, including telehealth services.
HARNESSING HEALTHY BUILDINGS
Buildings play a critical role in infectious disease transmission. Harvard Chan School faculty have undertaken two urgent projects related to COVID-19. The first is a new study—“Homes for Health”—aimed at understanding in-home transmission, and how risk can be minimized.
The second is the creation of an open-access, web-based interactive tool using a model that can estimate risk in any indoor environment and evaluates which control measures can reduce the risk identified. The model is currently being applied in senior care facilities to make recommendations for minimizing risk. An open-access tool would let any building owner, school administrator, or homeowner evaluate how different intervention strategies may impact risk in their building.
Faculty leaders at the Harvard Chan School are examining China’s experience and decision-making as it dealt with the primary outbreak in Wuhan and the ways in which other countries responding to the novel coronavirus, including the United States, might learn from it. The School has hosted and participated in several seminars and online forums since that outbreak, focusing on lessons learned, regional implications of the virus’s spread, and the role of social media and digital health in the outbreak. Harvard Chan School faculty experts have provided ongoing comparative analysis and expert opinion related to China’s response and have published findings on the impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions on the outbreak in Wuhan. The School’s India Research Center is developing, translating into multiple languages, and disseminating timely, accessible information for the public about health and wellness best practices during the pandemic.
ACTIONABLE EVIDENCE-BASED ADVICE
Early on in the pandemic, parents and families struggled with the concept of social distancing and how to do it effectively in order to “flatten the curve” and reduce the intensity of COVID-19 patients flooding hospitals at one time in need of treatment. In response, Harvard Chan School leaders have undertaken a multi-pronged public education and advocacy strategy—including a viral blog that has been viewed 7.5 million times—and joined with 13 other national health care experts to launch the Stay Home, Save Lives campaign.
In addition to wide-reaching media work, Harvard Chan School faculty have begun to curate and publish materials that outline recommendations and best practices for clinicians, patients, health systems, and others in responding to this crisis across multiple domains, including resources for supporting older adults.