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CUPSO Members Help States and Communities Respond to COVID-19

Tuesday, April 7, 2020  
Posted by: Linda Hoke
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CUPSO Members Help States and Communities Respond to COVID-19

In keeping with their public service missions, members of the Consortium of University Public Service Organizations (CUPSO) are putting their policy research, technical assistance, data analysis and other skills to work in helping states and communities respond to the COVID-19 crisis.


The University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Institute played a leadership role in developing Utah Leads Together, a plan for the state’s COVID-19 recovery which focuses on both health and the economy.


The School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has developed a microsite that includes resources and information for North Carolina public officials across a variety of subject areas related to COVID-19. Among the School’s offerings are a series of free webinars on public health, privacy, tax, employment, utility and other governmental issues impacted by COVID-19.


North Carolina State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues is hosting a weekly Zoom podcast series featuring virtual conversations with key public, private and non-profit leaders on the impacts of COVID-19 and some of the ways the state is responding.


The Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers University-Camden partnered with the Center for Integrative and Computational Biology on its campus to release a report comparing estimates of available hospital beds, by county, with the likely demand for beds under three virus spread scenarios. This was followed by a report showing the first day that each county would reach hospital bed capacity.


The University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration has created a curated Wakelet collection called, “Delaware & U.S. Local Government Response to COVID-19: What are cities, towns, and counties in Delaware and the U.S. doing to serve community members and protect lives during this unprecedented health emergency?”


The University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service has created a Wakelet site dedicated to COVID-19 resources across the state of Tennessee. The site includes daily news stories as well as links to other resources both within and outside the university.


Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and Education Policy Innovation Collaborative have jointly been tracking crisis responses related to K-12 school closures across all 50 states.


Pepperdine University’s Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership has curated a set of resources for helping local governments and locally-focused agencies continue to engage the public during this time of social distancing.


Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan has compiled a list of experts at the University that are available to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic and responses at the federal, state, and local levels are likely impacting low-income families in the U.S.


CUPSO is a nationwide organization that supports university-based public service institutes in their efforts to assist state and local governments on a range of contemporary issues and challenges. Members focus on:


Improving policy making by providing credible research and evaluation information.


Improving government management practices through research, training and technical assistance.


Developing leadership skills among city, county, state and regional government and nonprofit leaders.