Joining the fight against COVID-19
HealthPartners Institute is coordinating many research and education initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Early in the pandemic, we quickly geared up to provide the infrastructure and support for COVID-19 research. We established a research rapid response team with our Institutional Review Board and Critical Care Research Center. This helped us quickly and safely get critical COVID-19 studies in place.
Our Office of Health Professional Education organized biweekly COVID-19 case studies, creating a forum for discussion and learning about COVID-19 patients within our care system. They also developed a curriculum for clinicians to prepare for the surge of incoming patients. These initiatives have been critical to learning and adapting to the evolving nature of the pandemic.
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Phase 3 clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine
Institute researchers, partnering with Oxford University and AstraZeneca, are enrolling 1,500 people in a randomized, placebo controlled, double-blind study of a COVID-19 vaccine. We are the only health system in Minnesota and one of about 100 sites in the U.S., Peru and Chile involved in the clinical trial. Researchers are particularly interested in enrolling those at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19, such as health care workers, first-responders and food service workers; those with health conditions that make them more likely to develop severe forms of COVID-19; and people of color, as emerging data have shown they are experiencing higher rates of infection and poorer outcomes. Learn more | Read press release