COVID-19 insights and action

Our faculty, staff, students, and alumni are leading the charge on public policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis.

Our population, our health care and economic systems, our workforce, housing, and security will all be affected in ways that are yet to be fully seen. The pandemic has laid bare our world’s racism, economic injustice, and other social and structural inequalities: the virus touches all, but the most significant and direct impacts have been and will continue to be on vulnerable people and communities.

Since mid-March 2020, our community has pulled together to find solutions.

Whether it is ensuring that 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, Ford School faculty, students, and alumni are engaged and committed.

Engaging community

1 in 5 Detroit residents in financial trouble

Detroit Metro Area Communities Study (DMACS) finds a drop in unemployment as businesses reopen, but not everyone is benefiting equally. This is the fourth rapid-response survey measuring the impact of the pandemic on Detroit residents.
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Engaging community

Students help local townships navigate and adapt

COVID-19 Consulting Corps students partnered with the Michigan Townships Association to provide guidance in the face of pandemic challenges.
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Policy impact

College tuition for frontline workers

Youth Policy Lab Fellow Avazeh Attari helped developed the new Michigan policy inspired by the G.I. Bill.
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Research insights

Ann Lin compares international COVID-19 perspectives

Lin joined U-M Professors to conduct a survey in over a dozen locations around the world which looked at how people feel about the disease and prevention efforts, anxiety, vaccination, and blame.
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Research insights

A fading outlook among Michigan local government leaders

Michigan Public Policy Survey measures the attitudes about the direction of the state, and the performances of the governor and the legislature amidst pandemic.
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Adrienne Harris on the impact of the coin shortage due to COVID-19. Check out the video from VICE.

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