CCPS Updates on Impacts of Coronavirus
Public Service Database
As the coronavirus pandemic has heightened community needs across the state, the Carolina Center for Public Service is now managing an online list of active service opportunities. This resource is designed to connect community organizations that have volunteer needs with UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty and staff who are eager to serve North Carolina during this critical time.
National Covid Cohort Collaborative, presented by NC TraCS
CCPS partner NC TraCS Institute recently launched the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C).
Led by NIH through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, N3C is a data resource and collaborative community built for COVID-19 research. The N3C Data Enclave contains harmonized, patient-level clinical data from health care providers across the country, allowing the research community to study COVID-19 at a scale and statistical power not possible within any single institution.
How can researchers get involved?
Start by reviewing NC TraCS’ detailed guide to N3C for UNC researchers (ONYEN login required). This website includes step-by-step guidance on requesting access, IRB guidance and boilerplate text, information on required and recommended trainings and more.
If you have questions, want to learn more or need support, submit a request to NC TraCS.
CCPS Programming Standards for COVID-19
Last updated Aug. 21, 2020.
In the midst of the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, CCPS remains committed to the individuals and organizations involved with our programs. Specifically, we’re working to honor our partnerships and commitments in ways that align with University policy and protect everyone’s health and well-being.
To that end, we’ve drafted a set of standards that illustrate some of the ways the University’s new COVID-19 community guidelines apply to CCPS programs. Please keep these standards in mind as you participate in CCPS programs and initiatives.
The following standards are based on UNC’s Community Standards for Health and Safety and are meant to provide specific examples based on impacts to CCPS programming:
- Whenever possible, CCPS encourages virtual service opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- CCPS will not sponsor any in-person group service activities for fall semester 2020.
- CCPS will not sponsor or fund overnight trips or any out-of-state travel.
- Students may choose to engage in service projects in-person on an individual, voluntary basis.
- If students choose to engage in direct, in-person service, participants should adhere to any specific policies maintained by individual partners as well as UNC Community Standards.
- Committee meetings or planning activities should be conducted virtually.
- As always, direct service events should be planned in partnership with community organizations and in response to identified needs.
- CCPS also encourages creativity in creating meaningful connections and opportunities through virtual meetings, programs and service. Staff are available to assist or brainstorm options, if necessary.
The pandemic has created a difficult time for everyone, reinforcing the importance of being a supportive community. By taking precautionary steps, we will help slow the spread of this disease and mitigate its effects. We encourage you to continue following the guidance of public health and University officials regarding hand-washing and physical distancing.
If you have any questions about changes to CCPS programs and activities, you can contact CCPS directly.
Update to Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program
Given the uncertainty and challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, CCPS has decided not to begin recruitment of a new class of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars during fall semester 2020. If you’d like to be added a list to be notified once recruitment begins, which may be during spring semester 2021, please email Margaret Barrett.