Researchers from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) and Emerson College are collaborating on an ongoing COVID-19 Tracking Survey to assess how New Yorkers are responding to the pandemic.

The COVID-19 Tracking Survey is designed by CUNY SPH in collaboration with the Journal of Health Communication, a peer-reviewed publication edited by CUNY SPH Distinguished Lecturer Scott Ratzan, MD. Professor Spencer Kimball of Emerson Polling is providing technical consultation and conducting this survey with a representative sample of over 1000 New York adults via phone and online.

Data emerging from the survey provides regular snapshots of the pandemic’s impact on the lives of New Yorkers, and is intended to provide policymakers, health professionals, business and community leaders, and the public with a gauge on the adoption of preventive behaviors, and which communication strategies can help individuals and communities prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The survey monitors:

Risk perception of contracting COVID-19 and compliance with social distancing recommendations

Outcomes related to job loss, housing, and food insecurity

Mental health responses, including concerns about family and loved ones

Outcomes related to potential interruptions in education

Current sources of COVID-19 related health information and trust in information sources and institutions

Perception of and satisfaction with the response of local and national government