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COVID-19 & Public Health & Preventive Medicine

When the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-Cov-2, entered the Central New York Region in March, 2020, the Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine at Upstate Medical University mobilized to support our students, institution, hospital, and community. The response included contributions to regional surveillance and modeling of viral spread, public health messaging, and mobilization of public health students to support Upstate's response. A broad description of our efforts at the beginning of the pandemic are included here:


To continue our support of our students, institution, hospital, and community, we have made a number of resources available, below.


COVID-19 Programs
The Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Upstate Medial University has created several resources to prevent and limit transmission of the COVID-19 virus.  This effort was led by Dr. Telisa Stewart, who has a Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) and has been creating public health programs for more than two decades.

There are four programs available: 1. Hand Washing, 2. Face Mask/PPE, 3. Social Distancing, and 4. Self-monitoring.

Each program has a virtual binder that contains a general overview of public health theory, methods, and tools. The program covers health messages and implementation strategies, evidence-based behavioral interventions, policy implementation, and metrics. The programs are designed for “grab and go” and ease of use. In addition, images for the health messages are also included below.

Our programs are available to the public. Please note, organizations should always follow guidance of the state and local authorities for the area where they are located.
Please contact Dr. Telisa Stewart at StewartT@Upstate.edu if you have any questions.


COVID-19 Resources for Campuses & Campus Communities


Community Preparation for Student Return

Hand Washing

Face Masking/Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Social Distancing
Self-Monitoring (in production)

COVID-19 Resources for Manufacturers




Data Tools for COVID-19

General COVID-19 Information & Chatbot


Upstate - With Distinction

On Upstate's HealthLink on Air program

These interviews included Public Health & Preventive Medicine faculty, staff and/or collaborating faculty: