Ford School community taking on COVID-19

Whether it is ensuring our most vulnerable residents have their basic needs met, assessing the damage to our economy, gathering insights about health preparedness and responses on the ground from Michigan to Mozambique, addressing national security concerns, or providing critical information to residents and small businesses so they can stay afloat, our community is pulling together to find solutions during the global pandemic.

Podcasts, Appearances & Videos

Local Government Fiscal Health During COVID-19

Thomas Ivacko and Stephanie Leiser discuss the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP)‘s efforts to help local governments prepare for the anticipated fiscal challenges.

“Our goal is to assist local governments to be as prepared as possible for the coming fiscal challenges,” says Ivacko.

Poverty Solutions launches stimulus check website

Luke Shaefer, director of Poverty Solutions and the Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy at the Ford School, shares the Poverty Solutions' new website designed to make sure Michiganders receive their stimulus payments.

COVID Knowledge, Technology, and Politics: Dispatches from Around the World

Ford School professor Shobita Parthasarathy and co-host Jack Stilgoe talk to five experts in science, technology, policy, and society about their perspectives and experiences with COVID-19 around the world. Interviews include Monamie Bhadra (Singapore), Silvio Funtowicz (Italy), Roger Pielke (US), Poonam Pandey (India), and Michael Veale (UK).

The Received Wisdom Podcast

Finovate Podcast: Fintech in Extraordinary Times with the Experts

Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Adrienne Harris speaks on COVID-19, a Recession, and the Fintech Ecosystem with host Greg Palmer.

The role of financial technology during COVID-19

In this episode of Michigan Minds, Adrienne Harris, a Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence at the Ford School of Public Policy and a Gates Foundation Senior Research Fellow with the U-M Center on Finance, Law, and Policy, explains how financial services touch every part of the economy and how fintech plays a role during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There have been numerous discussions around policymaking and financial technology to try to help people weather the economic storm we find ourselves in, and which I imagine will persist for quite some time,” Harris says.



COVID-19 News

Link to:Eric Rodriguez (MPP ‘19) finds innovative ways to reach vulnerable populations in San José with the first virtual local assistance center
May 29, 2020
Meeting the needs of vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis was Ford School alum Eric Rodriguez’ (MPP ‘19)[...]
Link to:High rate of Michigan nursing home deaths should trigger robust response - Udow-Phillips
May 29, 2020
One in four deaths due to COVID-19 in Michigan have been linked to long-term care residents at nursing homes, new data[...]
Link to:Ethical and logistical problems raise questions about COVID-19 antibody test efficacy
May 29, 2020
As stay-at-home orders expire across the United States, a reliance on antibody testing seems to be a key element of[...]
Link to:Harris sees changing role for fintech companies in response to COVID-19 economic crisis
May 29, 2020
Since its inception, the fintech industry has seen consistent change and evolution. An article on Finovate published[...]
Link to:Business can balance PPP loan forgiveness and worker benefits
May 29, 2020
Ford School public policy and economics professor Betsey Stevenson sees a way for business owners who got a forgivable[...]
Link to:Stange highlights the value of in-person higher education in light of the Coronavirus crisis
May 29, 2020
An article in Marketwatch on May 29 posits, “Coronavirus raises new questions about the value of higher education,” and[...]
Link to:Hampshire receives NSF grant to address food insecurity during the pandemic
May 27, 2020
Ford School professor Robert Hampshire works at the intersection of public policy and engineering, with a specific[...]
Link to:Discourse: Faculty in the news from the Spring 2020 issue of State & Hill
May 22, 2020
“The government needs to make sure the hardest-hit families have enough income to keep food on their a[...]
Link to:Spotlights – Spring 2020 State & Hill
May 22, 2020
All hands on deck Ford School faculty and research centers have been actively involved with the policy response to the[...]
Link to:Help us unlock ,000 for student support!
May 22, 2020
As you know, during this special reunion year, we are participating in an Alumni Giving Challenge! With matching funds[...]
Link to:John Guerriero (MPP ‘17) urges governors to enhance cybersecurity in response to pandemic-related cyberattacks
May 22, 2020
COVID-19-themed cyberattacks are on the rise due to an exponential increase in telework and an opportunity to exploit[...]
Link to:Letter from the Dean
May 22, 2020
In this edition of State & Hill, you’ll read stories of our growing strength in teaching diplomacy, international[...]
Link to:Ford School alum advocates to preserve reproductive rights during global pandemic
May 18, 2020
The global push for funding to fight COVID-19 has many concerned that sexual and reproductive health will suffer.[...]
Link to:Public consensus on anti-COVID-19 measures risks being politicized, says Parthasarathy
May 14, 2020
Ford School professor Shobita Parthasarathy says Americans' consensus belief in the science behind anti-COVID-19[...]
Link to:Dominguez on the post-COVID economy
May 13, 2020
Ford School professor of public policy and economics Kathryn Dominguez tells NPR's Marketplace that consumer goods[...]
Link to:Ford School alum supports efforts to tackle COVID-19 in developing Asia
May 12, 2020
In mid-April, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced an enormous $20 billion aid package to help Asian and Pacific[...]
Link to:Detroit housing shortage, evictions set stage for COVID-19 housing crisis
May 12, 2020
New research from Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan highlights the need for more robust eviction[...]
Link to:Trump’s focus on economic recovery a risky political calculation for election, says Hanson
May 12, 2020
President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign would be taking a risk by focusing on what was once his hallmark issue: a[...]
Link to:COVID-19 Fiscal Strategy and Resource Guides for Local Governments produced by CLOSUP and partners
May 11, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis is having a dramatic impact on Michigan's local governments, and the fiscal implications —[...]
Link to:Making up for lost time for millions of children, U.S. education needs a major rescue effort
May 08, 2020
For most students, the school year ended in March, according to a New York Times commentary by Ford School professor[...]