Pandemic Recovery & Response (COVID-19)

Overview

The COVID-19 virus has affected the entire world, exposing inadequate public health systems
and causing disproportionate impacts based on economic class, existing health conditions,
physical environments, race, and ethnicity. Innovations that provide a rapid response to
increasing infection rates, unemployment, food insecurity, and absent educational and social
services are needed to address the disparities posed by COVID-19, and to equip communities
with the tools, strategies, and resources to better respond to similar crises in the future.

The Challenge

The challenge for this track is to describe an idea that would address pandemic preparedness or
recovery. Proposed innovations should respond to the harmful impacts of the current COVID-19
pandemic, domestically, or internationally. Proposals may focus on methods for addressing and
mitigating impacts associated with future pandemics, and longer-term preparedness more
generally. All proposals should a) provide evidence for the negative health, social, or economic
impacts to be addressed by the idea b) develop a system, program, or technology that
addresses the negative impacts from COVID-19 and/or future pandemics, and c) describe a
solution that is culturally appropriate for a local, national or international community.

The challenge for this track is to describe an idea that would address pandemic preparedness or
recovery. Proposed innovations should respond to the harmful impacts of the current COVID-19
pandemic, domestically, or internationally. Proposals may focus on methods for addressing and
mitigating impacts associated with future pandemics, and longer-term preparedness more
generally. All proposals should a) provide evidence for the negative health, social, or economic
impacts to be addressed by the idea b) develop a system, program, or technology that
addresses the negative impacts from COVID-19 and/or future pandemics, and c) describe a
solution that is culturally appropriate for a local, national or international community.

Examples of proposals include, but are not limited to:

Examples of proposals include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • A medical innovation that provides rapid testing and treatment guidelines for COVID-19 patients in low-income communities.
  • Educational and job transition services for people unemployed or furloughed during the pandemic. 
  • A telehealth service that provides medical support for patients who have recovered from COVID-19, but are experiencing lasting health conditions or trauma. 
  • An economic, public policy, or advocacy-based initiative that provides less-crowded and sanitary housing for low-income, low-resource communities. 
  • A technology that can provide timely contact-tracing and communications on COVID-19 infection rates in rural communities. 
  • An advocacy-based initiative that safeguards nutritional programs for children no longer able to receive school-provided meals. 
  • An educational program for special-education students adapting to virtual learning. 
  • An advocacy-based program that encourages movement and free play for children experiencing depression and anxiety due to a lack of social interaction and outdoor activities.
  • A new approach to making medical supplies available in low-resource settings.
  • An infection prediction strategy that could help to inform health authorities about where resources are most needed.

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