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​Articles of Interest/Community & Policy Resources

Our faculty and staff will be recommending informative articles, resources, and policy and advocacy tools that offer insight about this outbreak and the response from our government, region and community. We will continue to add to this list.


Community Resources

  • Brown School Open Classroom: While many are working remotely, the Brown School is assembling a list of free, online professional development webinars and resources that are broadly applicable to the fields of social work, public health, and social policy.  You can access this list hereIf​ you have a suggestion of your favorite free, evidence-supported educational resource that we might also include, please email us at
  • Focus-19 Data ResourceCreated by the Brown School's Health Communication Research Laboratory under Professor Matt Kreuter, Focus-19 reports on the social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is powered by 2-1-1 helplines, the nation’s top surveillance system for social needs like housing, food, utility bills, transportation, child care and health care. Every day, 2-1-1 responds to nearly 40,000 calls for help, carefully tracking each need. Focus-19 and scan these data hour by hour to identify rising needs in communities across the U.S. The goal is to give local leaders strong evidence to act quickly and help American families.

Participation in the Policy Process

The Brown School community (faculty, staff, students, community partners, alum) are deeply engaged in the response to COVID-19 through direct service, research, and policy practice. Involvement at the local, state and federal levels is critical for informing and influencing government decision-making processes to advance the interests and needs of our communities.

We are glad to suggest a few resources for members of our community and beyond who are interested in how the fields of social work, public health, and social policy work to influence change.

Course Highlights: Policymaking Advocacy, and Analysis in the U.S. Legislative System

External Resources

Peer-Reviewed Articles