The Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) in partnership with faculty and research staff from Michigan Medicine helped us host the 2021 MyVoice Data Challenge on Youth Health and Wellness. The goal of the virtual team event was to get students and learners involved in how MyVoice makes sense of the hundreds of thousands of text messages we receive as part of our weekly survey to American youth. Teams were tasked with creating processes using data science methodologies that would analyze MyVoice data and develop new methods for deriving meaning and given two months to work on their best ideas.
In a live webinar hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, MyVoice researcher and University of Michigan student Xochitl Amaro joined a panel of experts to discuss campus COVID-19 testing strategies and to share MyVoicers’ experiences across the country, collected through the MyVoice national poll of youth. The title of the talk, held February 22, 2021, was “Adoption and Implementation of Campus COVID-19 Testing Strategies: Webinar.” The goal of the event was to highlight key lessons about campus COVID-19 testing programs, share additional available resources, and extend beyond scientific and technical aspects of testing to encompass how uptake of successful testing programs intersects with decisions about how to operate safely and how to manage the pandemic in campus communities.
This Wednesday, MyVoice junior researchers Xochitl Amaro and Jayde Frederick will join MyVoice director Tammy Chang on an open Zoom webinar with the CDC. The title of the event is Behavioral Strategies to Encourage Protective COVID-19 Behaviors Among College and University Students, and they’ll be joined by experts from the CDC Vaccine Task Force, the CDC Community Interventions & Critical Populations Task Force, the American College Health Association, and our poll crush, the Harris Poll.
COVID-19 and College Campuses: MyVoice Provides Youth Perspectives for a 2020 National Academies Report
In its third collaboration with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), data from the MyVoice National Poll of Youth shines in a new national report that provides recommendations on how to stem the spread of COVID-19 infections on college campuses. The report, Encouraging Protective COVID-19 Behaviors among College Students, is a “rapid consultation” that offer lessons learned from the 2020 fall semester regarding COVID-19 testing and guidance on student behavior, as college administrators plan for the 2021 spring semester. Quotes from MyVoice participants feature predominantly in its first pages, reflecting the lived experience of college students across the country.
While children likely are infected at much lower rates than adults, and have lower rates of becoming symptomatic, the psychological effects of COVID-19 have hit them hard and are likely to leave lasting emotional scars. Their social development is being hampered, many are scared of the ways the pandemic will impact them and their families, and mental health resources are strained. Kids and teens are feeling the dearth of socialization opportunities more acutely than adults, too, and for good reason.