July 28, 2020
A new online curriculum from Johns Hopkins University aims to teach kids the science and biology of COVID-19 to help them learn how to stop the spread of the virus.
Johns Hopkins pulmonary physician Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos developed the curriculum after getting calls from Baltimore teachers who were struggling to help students understand everything that’s going on with the coronavirus.
“We’re like, ‘You know, we have resources; we could pull this together and make this COVID-19 curriculum more of like an advocacy curriculum where these young adults can learn about not just information about the virus but make it actionable,” Galiatsatos said.
From there, it became a Hopkins-wide initiative to help students become ambassadors and make an impact in their communities. Now, it’s going to other East Coast through a partnership with Usher’s New Look, a nonprofit that works with under-resourced youth in New York City and Atlanta.
“It’s critical that we get quality information from Doctor G and other experts to arm our students to go out and be those trusted voices the community needs,” Geoff Streat, the group’s chief operating officer, said.