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Follow the Data Podcast: Behind the Scenes of the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Map

Mike Bloomberg’s alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, has been at the forefront of providing critical research, science, and expertise around the coronavirus.

This episode of our series on coronavirus response efforts borrows an episode from “Public Health on Call” – a new podcast brought to you by Dr. Josh Sharfstein, Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a frequent guest of Follow the Data.

As many of our listeners may have seen, the Hopkins COVID-19 interactive map and dashboard created by the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering has been a critical source of near real-time tracking of the spread of the coronavirus since it first emerged.

Beth Blauer, executive director of Centers for Civic Impact at Johns Hopkins and an expert on the public’s use of data and analytics, is part of the team that manages the map. In this episode, Dr. Sharfstein and Blauer discuss how the global dashboard originated, what new features have been added, and how data can help individuals and officials make informed decisions for COVID-19 response.

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This episode was adapted for Follow the Data from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s podcast, Public Health on Call. To subscribe to Public Health on Call:

For more from our coronavirus series:

In our last episode, Responding to a Pandemic Crisis, Dr. Jessica Leighton, who works on our Public Health program, sat down with Dr. Sharfstein to discuss crisis response for public health practice and what makes COVID-19 different from other recent outbreaks.

Megan Sheekey – who leads Strategic Partnership work at Bloomberg Associates – spoke to Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, one of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ co-funders in the NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund, about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting social service and cultural organizations across the city in a previous episode, entitled “How to Help Nonprofits Hit Hard by COVID-19.”

In the first episode of our coronavirus series, “World War C – Us Against the Microbe,” Dr. Tom Frieden, the President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, and the former director of the CDC, discussed the global response to COVID-19 with Dr. Kelly Henning, who leads the Public Health program at Bloomberg Philanthropies and the former Director of Epidemiology for the City of New York.