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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 Have We Learned? Resources for School Communities 

The PACE study involves community conversations, surveys, and focus groups with parents, teachers/school staff, and students. So far, we’ve learned about what support school communities need to manage changes in COVID-19 prevention strategies or COVID-19 guidance. We’ve created practical, actionable tools and recommendations for communicating effectively about COVID-19 based on feedback from community experts.


New 2023-2024 School Year materials are here! 

As COVID-19 numbers trickle up in the community, we have new graphics for you to share with your school community. These graphics highlight current recommendations for living and learning when COVID-19 is still around.

In these documents we share:

  • Best practices for communicating changes in COVID-19 risk in your community or school (e.g., in case of a COVID-19 surge or outbreak)
  • Best practices for communicating changes in COVID-19 prevention policies or procedures in your school or district
  • Tools for helping families choose the COVID-19 prevention strategies that best meet their needs based on their household’s individual risk
  • Easy-to-customize communications materials that can be distributed by social media, newsletter, email, or print

To learn how to use our toolkit, customizable and ready-to-use materials, watch this video:


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)

Get Involved

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

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].