What is the Herd COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Challenge?
The challenge will help you to develop your understanding of the role of income inequalities and disparaties among demographic groups in making evidence-based decisions about vaccine distribution. All undergraduates, from all majors, are encouraged to attend.
The event has three parts: an initial event, a follow-on event, and a panel discussion. Participation can include any combination of the initial event, the follow-on events, and the panel discussion.
The rules and objectives of the challenge will be described at an initial event held March 26th. After the challenge has been introduced, you will engage in an initial challenge, competing with other participants.
You will complete the rest of the challenges independently over the next week, without a fixed schedule. The challenges from the follow-on event will make the task harder, with more constraints to consider in meeting your goals. At the end of the week, your solutions will be judged by a panel of experts, and a winner will be declared.
A panel discussion with local experts will also take place on the day of the initial challenge, March 26th, immediately following the initial event. The discussion will be focused on how to distribute the COVID vaccine in ways that meet the needs of vulnerable, marginalized, and underserved members of our community.
The UA CUES Spanning Boundaries Team has created a hands-on simulation of the outcomes produced by participant-developed vaccine distribution plans in Pima County based on zip code, census, and variety of other relevant data.