U-M Researchers Promote Communication and Collaboration on the Social Effects of COVID-19

May 27, 2022

Contact: Megan Chenoweth, [email protected]

ANN ARBOR—A University of Michigan research team is leading a five-year project to define standards for research on the social, behavioral, and economic (SBE) health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Housed at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at U-M’s Institute for Social Research, the new Social, Behavioral, and Economic COVID Coordinating Center (SBE CCC) is a communication and collaboration hub for National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded researchers examining the pandemic’s effects on education, mental health, the economy, parenting, and a variety of other factors, with a particular focus on underserved and vulnerable populations. The coordinating center promotes interoperability in SBE COVID research, supporting new research partnerships and defining shared measures. Research findings and recommendations are shared on the coordinating center’s website.

The project is being led by U-M researcher Margaret Levenstein, who is joined by co-investigators James McNally and Amy Pienta. SBE CCC also engages experts from the Survey Research Center, the Program for Research on Black Americans, and the Center for Health and Research Transformation.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, governments, communities, and institutions have taken unprecedented actions to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19. We are just beginning to understand the effects of these actions on our economy, on mortality, and on health and wellbeing,” said Levenstein. “SBE CCC provides crucial support for researchers who are tackling these questions. We are here to ensure that investments in SBE research produce results that help us understand the impact of COVID-19 and how best to protect the health and wellbeing of our population.”

Visit the SBE CCC website to find out about upcoming webinars, podcasts, and publications from our consortium members.

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