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Date: May 8, 2020

Springfield College Health Science Students Assist with COVID-19 Data Project

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –Students from the Springfield College Health Science major have
been working on a national project to track the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United
States. Students Yue Li, Ashley Tanner, Alexandra Christine Jones, Brenna Keefe, Dhruvi
Patel, and Callie Dowd have been led by Springfield College faculty members in assisting with
this very important project.
Participating students are responsible for tracking historical data, collecting daily data, as well
participating in special interest team projects that include computer based automation, data
visualization, infectious disease, policy, social media, and fundraising.
“A group of Springfield College Health Science students are participating in an internship that
involves collecting data to track the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States,”
said Springfield College Assistant Professor of Public Health Sofija Zagarins. “This internship
is part of the COVID-19 Data Project, which is a collaboration of over 200 students,
statisticians, epidemiologists, healthcare experts, and data scientists throughout the country.”
BroadStreet’s COVID-19 Data Project is a collaboration of more than 40 colleges and
universities throughout the United States, that are committed to having the most accurate,
community level data about the COVID-19 positive tests and fatality rates. Along with
Springfield College, colleges and universities also taking part are Harvard, Yale, Boston
University, Temple, and Duke University just to name a few.
Through BroadStreet’s COVID-19 Data Project Internship, health care professionals use the
provided data to help improve how they spend their time and resources on improving
community health.
“We have been humbled by the outpouring of support, especially from the collegiate
community,” said the BroadStreet Co-founder Tracy Flood. “We know that right now students
have a unique set of challenges trying to navigate these difficult times, maintaining their
studies, most who are away from home and while adapting to their new normal. Despite this,
we wanted to recognize students who have graciously donated their time and talent to our

For more information about the project, use the website to follow
along with information and updates from the participants.
Springfield College is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational institution founded in 1885. Approximately
4,100 students, including 2,500 full-time undergraduate students, study at its main campus in Springfield,
Mass., and at its regional campuses across the country. Springfield College inspires students through the
guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy – educating in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to