iSchool Response to COVID-19

Every day, iSchool faculty, staff, alumni, and students are implementing creative solutions to combat COVID-19 and make a difference in their local, national, and global communities. We are interested in telling these stories! Please send your news to By promoting the good news of your efforts, we can build connections and share ideas that can be implemented in communities nationwide.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, internet access has become more critical than ever before. Sharon Irish, research affiliate, Julian Chin (MS ’12), research manager, and Lisa Bievenue, director of informatics programs for Illinois Informatics Institute, are working with C-U Connect to map locations in Champaign-Urbana providing free WiFi to people with limited internet access in their households.

The Illinois Center for Health Informatics, a partnership between the Grainger College of Engineering and the iSchool, is involved in more than a dozen COVID-19 projects, working in collaboration with the WHO, PAHO, Mayo Clinic, and other state and local organizations. Key projects include infodemic response, digital health fact sheets, spread of clinical innovations, and informatics support. The center is directed by iSchool Research Scientist Ian Brooks, whose interests include public and global health informatics, epidemiology, and cyberinfrastructure.