Collaborative for Global Adaptive Pandemic Solutions (CGAPS) Workshop

What we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic about school closures

The University of Arizona’s Collaborative for Global Adaptive Pandemic Solutions (CGAPS) Workshops aim to use our knowledge of COVID-19 to predict and prepare for the next pandemic. These virtual interdisciplinary workshops are intended to engage our community around the topic of pandemic preparedness to initiate new research ideas and activities on how to predict, prevent, and mitigate the occurrence of future pandemics.  Our goal is to get University scientists and community members together around themes related to COVID to discuss what we have learned and what questions we would still like to answer. 

The May 5 workshop will discuss the topics of, the education and mental health impacts of school closures on children and their families, pros/cons of school closure, data on school related outbreaks, how to make decisions on when to close schools, and the impact of school closures on faculty, staff and students. 

Presenters include:

  • Dr Lynn Gerald Professor and Canyon Ranch Endowed Chair, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and Associate Director of Clinical Research/Asthma & Airway Disease Research Center
  • Dr Scott Hagerman Superintendent, Tanque Verde Schools
  • Brian Eller Program Manager/ COVID School Liaison for Pima County, Pima County Health Department
  • Will Humble Executive Director, Arizona Public Health Association
  • Dr Joe Gerald Associate Professor & Program Director, Public Health Policy & Management, Community, Environment & Policy Department
  • Dr Jamie Edgin Associate Professor, Cognition/Neural Systems and Director, Memory Development Disorders Laboratory, and Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities (UCEDD) Faculty


register here 

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9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 5, 2021

Event Contacts

Ashley Oliveros - Research Event Coordinator

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