As spring term approached in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, University of Oregon senior Myriah Kunipo-Aguirre found herself hunkered down at her parent’s house in Carson, California.
She needed to complete field work for her global health minor, but the UO canceled travel and internship programs as it grappled with the spread of COVID-19.
Kristin Yarris, director of the Global Health Program, recognized the problem confronting Kunipo-Aguirre and other students. She quickly launched a course called Global Health Crisis to give students a chance to complete required field experience where they resided.
Kunipo-Aguirre tracked the outbreak in her own backyard-Los Angeles County-using Twitter to report on the emergency response of state and county officials. With 10 million residents, Los Angeles County is the most populous county in the country, and among the first to impose lockdown measures intended to slow the spread of COVID-19.