COVID School Surveillance

November 10, 2020: The Center for HOPES is part of a team of public health experts helping Central Ohio school districts navigate the COVID-19 landscape and what it means for learning in their communities. Anne Trinh, Senior Program Manager at the Center for HOPES, and Ayaz Hyder, Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health and a Center for HOPES Affiliate, discuss how the COVID-19 Analytics and Targeted Surveillance (CATS) system is helping schools leverage data for health and safety in their districts.

Ohio State tool helping schools spot signs of virus outbreaks (Columbus Dispatch, 11/16/20)


Public health faculty, staff create COVID-19 surveillance tool for schools (College of Public Health News, 11/9/20)


COVID Population Needs Assessment

October 15, 2020: Dr. Wilson Figueroa, Senior Consulting Research Statistician at the Center for HOPES, is a contributing author on Ohio’s COVID-19 Populations Needs AssessmentDr. Figueroa conducted statistical analysis for the report as part of his work with Dr. Tasleem Padamsee, Lead Analyst on the project.

The assessment, conducted in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Health, is a statewide evaluation that aims to improve the ability of Ohioans to prevent COVID-19 transmission and minimize its impacts on communities. Based on input from 363 stakeholders representing six Ohio populations, including people of color, rural populations and people with disabilities, the needs assessment describes critical barriers these communities face and recommends strategies for overcoming each barrier.

Read the press release about the research behind the report and watch the findings webinar.


The Center for HOPES welcomes new member to our team

October 16, 2020: The Center for HOPES is thrilled to welcome Francis Anagbonu as the newest member of our team of experts. Prior to joining the Center, Francis worked as a healthcare specialist for the United States Army’s COVID-19 response team. In addition to his substantive experience in pandemic response, Francis brings expertise in mathematical and economic modeling and administrative data management. Francis’s research skills, work ethic, and desire to serve the public good all increase the Center’s capacity to conduct rigorous, innovative, and relevant policy evaluation and research. We’re sure our partners will agree. Welcome, Francis!


Ohio Economic Roundtable

September 18, 2020: Professor Eric Seiber, Director of the Center for HOPES, has accepted Governor DeWine’s invitation to serve as a member of the Ohio Economic Roundtable. The aim of the Roundtable is to convene experts from a variety of economic disciplines and get their insights on how the pandemic is likely to affect Ohio’s economic outlook in the coming years.

As part of the Roundtable, Dr. Seiber will offer feedback on the Ohio Office of Budget and Management’s revenue forecasting models for fiscal year 2022-2023, which are used in the state’s budget preparation and approval process. As a health economist, Dr. Seiber is uniquely qualified to provide insights about the implications of the pandemic and concurrent recession on Ohio’s economy, programs, and people.


COVID Response & Recovery 

August 12, 2020: The Center for HOPES has been working with state leadership to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Ohio’s economy. Drs. Seiber, Frazier, and Harlow discuss the connection between the health of Ohioans and the health of the economy during this unprecedented time.


‘A healthy workforce is a productive workforce’ College of Public Health researchers help policymakers connect human, economic health (College of Public Health News, 8/11/20)