How Did Public Institutions Adapt to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

March 1, 2023

In association with the California Social Work Education Center, BASSC has surveyed responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in selected public institutions and published a report entitled "We Couldn’t Keep Doing Things the Way We’d Done Them"University and County Human Service Agency Experiences of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Strategies for the Future. Over the last three years, the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged universities and county human service agencies in unprecedented ways while magnifying existing inequities across the globe. The pandemic has necessitated flexibility, cooperation, and rapid innovation throughout all public sectors. Across California and within the Bay Area, university and agency partners involved with the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) and the Bay Area Social Services Consortium (BASSC) met frequently to share their experiences, co-create strategies to meet community needs, and engage in constructive dialogue regarding existing practices and future directions.This report synthesizes information from these sessions, including lessons learned, remaining questions, and potential strategies for the future.