MA COVID-19 Academic Public Health Volunteer Corps

In March 2020, Governor Baker’s Office requested the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) work with schools and programs of public health to assist local public health departments in Massachusetts who have been strained by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since that time, the Academic Health Department collaborative has established the Academic Public Health Volunteer Corps, mobilizing hundreds of students and alumni to support the needs of cities and towns across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Much of this effort has been coordinated by student leaders, working together across the many schools and programs of public health.

Harvard Chan is one of the co-leads in this statewide effort, through the field education and practice office.

Harvard to help track the virus

Students from Chan School are helping to boost the volunteer public health workforce

Meet student volunteer working as Massachusetts coronavirus contact tracer

Claire McGlave is one of about 800 student volunteers who have been working for nearly a month to help curb the spread of COVID-19

How Massachusetts Became First in Nation to Contact Trace

Behind-the-scenes efforts at Harvard University lead to large-scale contact tracing in Massachusetts