The University of Michigan’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been shaped by many members of the community. The expertise and insights shared by thousands of U-M faculty, staff and students have helped to ensure that the core elements of the university’s mission continue amid the global pandemic. The latest information on the university’s policies and guidance related to the pandemic can be found on the U-M Health Response website.
This page includes groups that are currently active and have universitywide representation and scope. Many university units have also established committees or conducted engagement to assess and respond to the challenges of the pandemic.
Campus Public Health Infection Prevention and Response Advisory Committee
The Campus Public Health Infection Prevention and Response Advisory Committee was established to advise and make recommendations to the president, executive officers and designated committees relating to the ongoing design and implementation of public health and safety mitigations, measures and policies related to public health threats of infection or viral outbreaks ; to coordinate the work of key offices and officials responsible for the public health response to an outbreak or pandemic on the campuses
The primary objectives of the committee are to:
- Assemble and support interdisciplinary departments that will meet the immediate needs of the university, its health system, and the larger community.
- Evaluate and recommend investment opportunities in critical infrastructure to address emerging infectious diseases.
- Analyze data, information and needs across the campus to timely inform recommendations regarding the development and implementation of changing public health measures and institutional responses
- Recommend and advise on ongoing public health approaches such as virus testing and serology, contact tracing, disease quarantine, disease surveillance, PPE practices, personal behavior guidelines
- Serve as a resource to resolve ongoing and arising questions from schools, colleges and units regarding implementation of campus guidelines
Robert Ernst, Associate Vice President for Student Life, Executive Director of University Health Service, and Chief Health Officer(CHO)
Andy Burchfield, Director of Emergency Management
Darryl Conway, Senior Associate Athletic Director and Chief Health and Welfare Officer
Kelly Cruz, Associate General Counsel, Office of the Vice President and General Counsel
Lorraine Currie, Director, Enterprise Strategic Risk Management
Sarah Daniels, Associate Dean of Students, Dean of Students Office
Jessica Durkin, Chief of Staff, Office of the Vice President for Research
Marisa Eisenberg, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health
Amy Finley, Dean of Students, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Nancy Fleischer, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health
Christine Gerdes, Associate General Counsel, Special Counsel to the Provost
Heather Guenther (interim member), Communications Director, Student Life
Mike Lane, Director, Environmental Health and Safety & Emergency Preparedness, University of Michigan-Flint
Preeti Malani, Special Advisor to the President, Professor of Medicine
Emily Martin, Associate Professor, Epidemiology, School of Public Health
JoLynn Montgomery, Lead Epidemiologist, University Health Services
Patrick Morgan, Chief International Safety Officer
Lindsey Mortenson, Associate Executive Director, University Health Services, Chief Mental Health Officer
Oluwaferanmi Okanlami, Director of Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services, Director of Services for Students with Disabilities, Director of Testing Accommodation Centers, Director of Adaptive Sports & Fitness, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine/Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation/Urology
Brandonn Perry, Director of Safety and Infection Prevention, Dental School
Danielle Sheen, Executive Director, Environment, Health & Safety
Julie Snyder, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Campus Inclusion and Student Life, University of Michigan-Flint
Emily Stoneman, Clinical Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine, Michigan Medicine
Laraine Washer, Medical Director, Infection Control Health System, Medical School, Clinical Professor of Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine
Tim Wood, Senior Director, Staff HR Services
Dyan Jenkins-Ali, Chief of Staff to CHO (staff)
Cynthia Tate, Committee Coordinator
Previous COVID-19 planning, engagement and response information
University leaders convened groups and conducted engagement to inform the planning for the Fall 2020 term. That information can be viewed on the Previous COVID-19 Committees page.
The University of Michigan developed a comprehensive plan for the Winter 2021 term incorporating public health guidance, lessons learned from the Fall Semester and extensive feedback and engagement with the community.