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The COVID-19 pandemic created an urgent need for innovation across the globe to respond to healthcare issues ranging from medical device and personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages to the maintenance of social distancing measures in communal spaces. Many open-source solutions were developed and implemented in response to these challenges. From contact tracing software to sharing of data and research, open source has played a significant role in responding to the pandemic. To better prepare for future pandemics, more local public health systems should apply these technologies. In this study, I analyze the impact of open-source solutions in public health and explore tools that can be helpful to universities and local communities in the long run. My research aims to promote the use of open-source solutions in local and global communities, to improve the capacity of public health systems to respond to pandemics and other health emergencies.



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Implementing Open Source Solutions Within Local Public Health Systems