Date of Award

5-5-2020

Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

Public Health

First Advisor

Monica Swahn

Second Advisor

Rachel Culbreth

Abstract

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) is a novel coronavirus that first emerged in December of 2019 in Wuhan, China. Since its emergence it has rapidly spread across the world and has left nations struggling to develop containment and prevention strategies. A chief strategy in fighting this pandemic has been the implementation of shelter in place orders aimed at lowering the incidence of COVID-19 to reduce strain on medical infrastructure. As COVID-19 continues to spread, people with non-severe cases will be quarantined in their homes, high risk individuals must practice extreme social distancing and isolation measure, and many will be out of work. People will inevitably run out of food and supplies and may find themselves without the means or resources to acquire what they need. In order to identify these needs and connect them to resources, StayNeighbor was created in conjunction with Crisis Cleanup to provide a logistical support tool for organizations and individuals so that they may divert resources where they are needed most. This is accomplished through a fully functional browser-based web app that allows anyone to request goods and services. This creates a centralized location of aggregated needs that is accessible to community organizations and agencies with the capacity to fulfill those needs, as well as coordinate the delivery of the required goods/services. StayNeighbor is an entirely volunteer made, open source tool that is available to any organization, agency and/or individual.

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