Jeff Measelle and Colleagues Transition Corona Corps into the Oregon Public Health Corps

Expiration Date: 
Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Professor Jeff Measelle and his University Health Services colleague Angela Long have been awarded a $1.1M grant from the Oregon Health Authority to transition the Corona Corps into the Oregon Public Health Corps. The Corona Corps was launched by Measelle and Long in July of 2020. Its initial purpose was to provide University of Oregon students with the opportunity to help contain SARS-CoV-2 by supporting Lane County Public Health (LCPH) with COVID-19 case investigations, contact tracing efforts, and case management. Since then, the Corona Corps has become a vital resource not just to LCPH, but to the University of Oregon community and, increasingly, to the Oregon Health Authority in its state-wide response to Covid-19. One of the Corona Corps most important areas of work is addressing the mental health challenges associated with Covid, and more recently, addressing vaccine hesitancy in the community.

With this award and the development of the Oregon Public Health Corps, Measelle and his team will help to “modernize” Oregon’s public health resources in three primary domains: (1) as a pipeline for workforce development; (2) as a resource to address and reduce public health inequities; and (3) as an expandable, portable, and replicable model that can be used to combat future public health challenges.

You can read about the Corona Corps here.