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What is the PACE Study?

The goal of the PACE (Parents And Communities as Experts) study is to determine and understand families’ perceptions of different public health recommendations related to COVID-19 in schools.

Who’s Conducting the Study?

It is a partnership between Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Morgan State University, and The University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Meet the team

What Information is Being Collected?

Researchers are working together with community experts (parents, teachers, school health personnel, and other community members) to design the study and identify key topics and questions. The study involves community conversations, surveys, and focus groups. We will use what we learn to create a public health communications campaign to support families and students in the return to school.

Where are You Working?

We are focused on 8 Maryland Counties:

  • Allegany County
  • Baltimore City
  • Caroline County
  • Dorchester County
  • Kent County
  • Prince George’s County
  • Somerset County
  • Wicomico County

This project is part of the National Institutes of Health’s RADx-UP initiative dedicated to COVID-19 research. Want to learn more about RADx-UP?
RADx Programs | National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Want to get involved?

Are you a parent, teacher, school healthcare provider, or community leader in one of these 8 counties? Are you interested in being considered for a role on our community advisory board? If so, complete this contact form.

Contact us

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