SASEA is an innovative public health system approach to protect school & childcare communities against COVID-19 outbreaks.
About this event
SASEA Summer Town Halls
Join us for a town hall meeting to learn about what our SASEA pilot did, what we discovered, and how you can make your school community safer. This presentation and discussion is meant for interested parents, teachers, principals, district leaders, and education policy makers and advocates. Join us!
A safer system for schools
As children, teachers, and staff members return to school and child care, we want to make sure that COVID-19 does not spread. While school and childcare facilities remain proactive in efforts to keep everyone safe from COVID-19 with the use of masks, sanitization, and hand washing, the UC San Diego Wertheim School of Public Health is working on additional safety strategies: testing wastewater and surfaces for the presence of particles from the COVID-19 virus.
What is SASEA?
SASEA stands for Safer at School Early Alert Response Testing for Students. It is a research initiative at UC San Diego Wertheim School of Public Health, working on a system that schools can use to test wastewater and surfaces for the presence of particles from the COVID-19 virus, as strategies to help make sure that COVID-19 does not spread and allow the safest return to school.
Rebecca Fielding-Miller, PhD MSPH Principal Investigator
Dr. Rebecca Fielding-Miller is an Assistant Professor at the UC San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Sciences. Her research examines structural drivers of HIV and gender-based violence in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on the intersection of race, gender, and economic inequality. As Principal Investigator of the SASEA program, she oversees the social and behavioral research and implementation of the program.
Laura Kohn, MPA Co-Investigator
Laura is the project Co-Investigator and Education and Child Care Subject Matter Expert. She is an advocate and policy expert in K-12 and early childhood education. Laura is SASEA’s liaison with the school and child care sites, and she helps guide the development of implementation plans.
Patricia Gonzalez-Zuniga, MD AAHIVMS Co-Investigator
Patty is a Latina physician native of Tijuana, with more than 3 decades working with marginalized communities in the San Diego Tijuana border region. Since 2000, she has participated in many HIV and substance use research projects. Patty is also the instructor for the Medical Spanish Course at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. As co-investigator of SASEA and as a passionate advocate for health as a human right, Patty has been supporting this program’s implementation and training the team on diagnostic testing at our schools and childcare centers.
SASEA Project Collaborators
The SASEA project is a collaboration between the UC San Diego Wertheim School of Public Health, the County of San Diego, the San Diego Unified School District, the Vista Unified School District, the Cajon Valley Union School District, the Chula Vista Elementary School District, and the San Ysidro School District.