CEHC COVID-19 Response

The CEHC family offers aid and expertise to the COVID-19 response

CEHC Making a Difference in Times of Crisis

The College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity (CEHC) is at the center of the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 global pandemic. With experts in preparedness and security and the future leaders of tomorrow, the CEHC family has been able to offer their aid to front-line workers and support the #OneUAlbany movement. Our faculty and students are harnessing the power of the interdisciplinary programs by getting involved in community initiatives and research projects, as well as taking numerous leadership positions.

Here are some of the ways our CEHC family is staying engaged and helping the community during COVID-19.

 

Community Engagement

  • Dozens of CEHC students, faculty, alumni, community members, and local libraries have assisted in printing and assembling personal protective equipment (PPE) on 3D printers for first responders. To date, CEHC has distributed over 5,000 face shields to first responders in the Capital Region and beyond. These endeavors were featured by Good Morning America, News 10 ABC, News 6 WRGB AlbanyUAlbany Media and MarketingWAMC Public Radio, UK News on YahooNews Break, and countless others. If you are interested in helping our printing endeavors or receiving a face shield, you can donate or request PPE.
  • In the 3D printing efforts, many CEHC students and faculty created and printed tension relief mechanisms for front-line workers to use with their surgical masks. These tension relief prints were created for local medical staff and New York-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, NY. 
  • In collaboration with the School of Public Health and CEHC ran weekly COVID-19 Town Halls aimed at "Love the People, Hate the Virus." These virtual sessions brought together UAlbany faculty and students and international experts and frontline workers to discuss the state of COVID-19 and considerations for the future.  
  • The College has conducted numerous virtual Faculty Talks on a variety of topics relating to COVID-19. These discussions span the broad topics of security, response, technology, and education. 
  • Professors David Turetsky and Brian Nussbaum were panelists for the "Cybersecurity in the Age of COVID-19" event organized by Albany Law School. 
  • Professor DeeDee Bennett was a panelist for the "Recognizing Health Disparities: Pre & Post COVID-19" Townhall with NYS Assemblymembers Fahy and McDonald, as well as other experts in the region. 
  • Professor Gary Ackerman gave a talk titled "Terrorism and COVID-19" for the Transportation Security Administration. 

 

Student Leadership

  • Handfuls of CEHC students were deployed during COVID-19 to assist in first-response and front line support. Thank you to all of those that responded to the call to action and were committed to being on the front-line to respond to the pandemic. 
  • A few CEHC students volunteered front-line support and traveled with Five Quad - UAlbany's student-run volunteer ambulance service - to downstate New York to assist local ambulance squads to keep up with high call volumes.  
  • Dozens of CEHC students are volunteering or interning with state and local health departments. 
  • Due to the restrictions placed on working situations, many of our students had to adjust to completing their internships or jobs virtually. Some students were reassigned to help with COVID-19 relief and others took the time to build new skills. 
  • The UAlbany Esports Team launched by CEHC competed in the first SUNY-wide Esports Competition taking first place in Fortnite. The team won $5,000 and graciously gave their winnings to the UAlbany Student Relief Fund

 

Faculty Leadership

  • The College has conducted numerous virtual Faculty Talks on a variety of topics relating to COVID-19. These discussions span the broad topics of security, response, technology, and education. 
  • Professors David Turetsky and Brian Nussbaum were panelists for the "Cybersecurity in the Age of COVID-19" event organized by Albany Law School. 
  • Professor DeeDee Bennett was a panelist for the "Recognizing Health Disparities: Pre & Post COVID-19" Townhall with NYS Assemblymembers Fahy and McDonald, as well as other experts in the region. 
  • Professor Gary Ackerman gave a talk titled "Terrorism and COVID-19" for the Transportation Security Administration. 
  • Adjunct Professor Josh Klemm, the CISO for NYS Dept of Health Office of Quality and Patient Safety has worked alongside his team to set-up the system that is being used to process and perform analytics on all COVID-19 related deaths in NYS. Using multiple databases, Klemm was charged with providing Governor Cuomo with statistics on the daily COVID related deaths in nursing homes, adult care facilities, and hospitals, as well as the PPE, ventilators, and medical supplies used or needed. 

 

Research Excellence 

  • Professor Gary Ackerman and Hayley Peterson co-authored an article for the Perspective on Terrorism Journal titled "Terrorism and COVID-19: Actual and Potential Impacts."
  • Professor DeeDee Bennett and Professor Xiaojun Yuan won SUNY seed grant funding for a project titled "Older Adults and COVID-19" which explores the factors that impact the decision-making process of older adults. 
  • Professors Samantha Penta and Amber Silver, in conjunction with outside faculty, received an NSF RAPID grant for a project titled "A Multi-Wave Study of Risk Perception, Information Seeking, and Protective Action in COVID-19." This project will survey adults from New York, Louisiana, and Washington about their risk perceptions, information preferences, and the actions they are (and are not) taking to protect themselves from COVID-19. 
  • Professor Eric Stern alongside professors from other institutions co-wrote three Government Technology op-eds, entitled, "Leading in a Crisis: 3 Kinds of Resilience to Strive For," “Leading in a Crisis: How to Successfully Communicate” and "Leading in a Crisis: Transitioning Out of Lockdown."
  • Ph.D. Student, Elisabeth Dubois wrote an article for The Global, entitled "COVID-19 Exposes Gaps in Governance of Emerging Technologies." 

 

Media Interviews 

CEHC COVID-19 Response Working Groups
COVID-19 Longitudinal Risk Communication

Current knowledge about longitudinal risk communication is built on acute onset or singular experience events. This suggests public health risk communicators are unprepared to think about the protracted nature of this pandemic.  We will focus on identifying the issues and strategies to balance between steady-state and emergent threat communication with COVID communication needs.  Drawing from expertise in these areas, the COVID-19 Longitudinal Risk Communication: Identifying Issues and Strategies Working Group will identify longitudinal research and strategic planning needs for public health communicators.

 

  • Jeannette Sutton | University at Albany (SUNY) | jeannette.sutton@gmail.com 
  • DeeDee Bennett | University at Albany (SUNY) | dmbennett@albany.edu
  • Elisabeth Dubois | University at Albany (SUNY) | evdubois@albany.edu
  • Keri Lubell | U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | kgl0@cdc.gov 
  • Meghan Moran | John Hopkins University | mmoran22@jhu.edu 
  • Yonaira Rivera  | John Hopkins University | yrivera2@jhmi.edu 
  • Monica Schoch-Spana | John Hopkins University | mschoch1@jhu.edu 
  • Tara Kirk Sell | John Hopkins University | tksell@jhu.edu 
  • Eric Stern | University at Albany (SUNY) | ekstern@albany.edu 
  • David Turetsky | University at Albany (SUNY) | dturetsky@albany.edu 
COVID-19 Technological Innovations

In response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, states and localities in the United States issued stay-at-home orders and suggested social distancing measures. These widespread, unprecedented orders forced a large majority of nearly 330 million Americans to rely on technology to continue societal functions. The COVID-19 Technological Innovations Working Group will review the innovative uses of current technology and novel technology developed during the pandemic for response efforts and for use by the public in daily life.

 

  • DeeDee Bennett | University at Albany (SUNY) | dmbennett@albany.edu
  • Thora Knight | University at Albany (SUNY) | tknight@albany.edu
  • Elisabeth Dubois | University at Albany (SUNY) | evdubois@albany.edu
  • Pallavi Khurana | University at Albany (SUNY) | pkhurana@albany.edu
  • Salimah Laforce | Georgia Institute of Technology | salimah@cacp.gatech.edu
  • Xiaojun Yuan | University at Albany (SUNY) | xyuan@albany.edu