Institute for Public Health COVID-19 Response

The Institute for Public Health continues to respond to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Learn more about what WashU is doing to protect our campus and community against COVID-19.

Read an important message from the Institute and a “Letter from the Director” about COVID-19.

Find a list of important resources to help navigate this evolving situation.

Attend virtual events related to COVID-19.


COVID-19 Vaccine:

As part of a partnership between PrepareSTL and the COVID-19 Regional Response Team, a new podcast and educational community engagement program called, “What Matters to Me Most”, is now available. It’s an educational effort around the COVID-19 vaccine to support individuals of color in making informed decisions about their health care and the COVID-19 vaccine. Watch a podcast.

New WashU research suggests that nursing mothers who receive the vaccine, may pass protective antibodies to their children through breast milk. Read more. 

Listen to the St. Louis Public Radio story featuring Jason Newland, MD, professor of pediatrics and an Institute faculty scholar, encouraging vaccination of older teens.

Read the article in the St. Louis American, co-authored by WUSTL faculty and community-academic partners concerning racial inequities in vaccine distribution among Black and Brown populations.

The WashU Med COVID-19 Update reports that WashU pediatric infectious disease doctors plan to launch pediatric COVID-19 vaccine trials this spring at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.  The trials will help determine how well the immune systems of children respond to coronavirus vaccines that have been shown to be safe in adults. Visit the online registry and read more about it in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

COVID Vaccine: MO Official Site with State Plan for Distribution Available

The first COVID-19 vaccine came to campus on 12/17/20 bringing with it a historical moment. The Larry J. Shapiro Director of the Institute for Public Health, Dr. Bill Powderly comments: Historic, hopeful moment arrives as COVID-19 vaccinations begin on Medical Campus

African Americans suffer from COVID-19 at disproportionately higher rates than other groups. Institute Faculty Scholar, Dr. Mati Hlatshwayo Davis, who is also a newly appointed member of the St. Louis Board of Health, weighs in on the pervasive fear of a system that has not made saving Black lives a priority. St. Louis Health Officials Face An Uphill Battle To Persuade Black People To Get The COVID-19 Vaccine St. Louis Public Radio

See Faculty Scholar, Dr. Mati Hlatshwayo Davis’ recent appearance on CNN regarding COVID-19 vaccine developments and marginalized communities.

WashU Together-COVID-19 Response: Read the latest on the back-to- school testing plan and philosophy on the WashU campus.

Read media coverage featuring Institute for Public Health Faculty Scholars discussing research, facts and perspectives on COVID-19 “In the News”.


Watch this presentation: Taking care of our own: Mental Health on the Front Lines before, during, and after COVID-19

Read this perspective on COVID-19 modeling tools by Elvin Geng, MD, MPH, professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine and director, Center for Dissemination and Implementation


Behavioral Health Network, the COVID Regional Response Team, and Prepare STL have shared key updates about vaccine education, testing and community panel events of interest.

Check out these COVID-19 Vaccine Fast Facts presented by Washington University Physicians and BJC Healthcare

Find conversation on COVID-19 and its impact on communities of color in this new resource from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Visit this United Way portal to share a problem related to the impact of the coronovirus. It could appear in the Invisible Problems campaign in which the United Way will develop innovative solutions to the problem.

See the latest Policy Brief and Interactive Data Map from the Center for Health Economics and Policy regarding the potential effects of different levels of social distancing on the COVID-19 infection, hospitalization, and death rates in Missouri.

Read this new report released by the Missouri Hospital Association entitled, “The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Black and African American Communities in the St. Louis Region”

Read Community Conversations, a special spotlight series featuring conversations with diverse members of the St. Louis regional community concerning how they are viewing the pandemic, and what strategies they use to thrive in this time of uncertainty.


Read additional blogs from WashU and community contributors offering different perspectives on the impact of COVID-19.