While many higher-education institutions dramatically altered their operations and helped mitigate COVID-19 transmission on campuses, these efforts were rarely fully extended to surrounding communities. A community pandemic-response program was launched in a college town that deployed epidemiological infection-control measures and health behavior change interventions. An increase in self-reported preventive health behaviors and a lower relative case positivity proportion were observed. The program identified scalable approaches that may generalize to other college towns and community types. Building public health infrastructure with such programs may be pivotal in promoting health in the postpandemic era.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health