COVID-19 Research Opportunities for Employees

Health care workers and other essential employees play a key role in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health care workers and other essential employees have an increased exposure to individuals with COVID-19 leading to a greater risk for developing the disease and an increase in the stress of the job. In an effort to learn more about the experiences of employees, multiple Johns Hopkins and national research protocols are inviting health care workers and other employees to participate in research and public health surveillance activities. As an employee, you should know that in every case it is a voluntary decision to join a research study or public health surveillance activity. If you do not participate in these activities, it will have no impact on your employment.

To help you make an informed decision about participating, we have created this website as a resource to learn about Johns Hopkins research studies and public health surveillance activities related to COVID-19 that seek to include employees. You may be able to join more than one of these studies but this is not always true. This limitation should be part of your decision to participate. All of the protocols listed are approved by the Johns Hopkins Medicine IRB.

A chart providing an overview of options is listed below. To learn more about any of the options listed, select ‘View Full Study Description’ to access a summary or contact the team using the contact number provided below.

Study & PITargetProcedures
LengthCompensationShares Test Results with Occup. HealthFull Study Description and Contact Information
Johns Hopkins Medicine Hospital Worker COVID-19 Seroprevalence Study


PI: Aaron Milstone
Johns Hopkins Medicine staff. Limited to 4,000 hospital workers.
Participation will be on a first come first served basis.
3 blood draws and questionnaires (at enrollment, 4 months later, and 8 months later)1 yearNoneNoTo determine eligibility click here.

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COVID-19 Observational Study of Health Care Workers (HCWs)


PI: David Hager
Health care workers age 18 or greater, including nurses, advanced practice providers, respiratory therapists, paramedics, support staff, medical doctors who work clinically on the day of enrollment or would have worked clinically if scheduled to do so, and routinely worked clinically since 2/1/2020 in an environment at high risk for exposure to patients with COVID-19.Surveys and blood draws (which will be assessed at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention for evidence of COVID-19 seroconversion).Approximately 60 days and 2 visitsNoneNoContact David Hager at or 410-614-6292

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Investigation of SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence among Targeted Populations--Department of Health (DC Health) in Partnership with the Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS) Seroprevalence Survey


PI: Mark Sulkowski
People working at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington DC.Questionnaire and blood draws to conduct serology testing.4-6 weeksNoneNoTo determine eligibility click here.

For questions, contact the DC Health COVID-19 call center at 202-576-1117.

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COVID-19 and Telehealth in the Intensive Care Unit Setting


PI: Sarah Nelson
Medical directors and/or nursing leadership of ICUs in the JHM system (JHH, JHB, Howard County General, Suburban and Sibley).A brief survey (2-5 minutes).2-5 minute survey, no visits requiredNonen/aContact Sarah Nelson at or 443-287-2989.

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A Proactive Risk Assessment to Identify Barriers to and Strategies for Appropriate Social Distancing among Health Care Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic


PI: Sara Keller
18 years or older health care workers working in Nelson 3 at JHH.Questionnaire.20-20 minute phone interview$10 gift cardn/aContact Alejandra Salinas at

All unit staff in Nelson 3 will also be notified directly of the study by their unit director and the study team.

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Optimal Reuse of N95 Respirator during Pandemics with Aerosol-Transmitted Pathogens

IRB 00252433

PI: Valeria Fabre
JHH physicians and nurses who care/cared for COVID-19 patients while wearing an N95.An electronic anonymous survey regarding experience and perceptions around N95 reuse.
Fit-testing of reused N95s.
3 minute questionnaire and Fit tests will be done at least
once and up to the point of failure or structural damage.
$10 gift card and a new N95 (if you fail a fit-test)n/aContact George Jones at

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Improving HCW Safety through Appropriate PPE Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Human Factors
Engineering (HFE) and Implementation Approach


PI: Ayse Gurses

Health care workers working in the emergency department and home health care during the
COVID-19 pandemic.
Interviews and focus groups to describe experiences using PPE.Varies between 30 minutes and 1 hour NoneNoContact the study team at 410-900-4255.

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A Proactive Risk Assessment to Identify Barriers to and Strategies for Appropriate Social Distancing among Health Care Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic


PI: Sara C. Keller
18 years or older health care workers working in Nelson 3 at JHH.Bluetooth monitoring and observations of physical distancing practices on unit floor.Bluetooth monitoring over a 4 month period and 2 observations over a 2 month periodNonen/aNelson 3 unit director and study team will disseminate bluetooth monitors on the unit floor.

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Support for Health Care Workers and Direct Services Staff


PI: Tener Veenema
All KKI, JHMI and JHU employees over 18 years who work in a health care setting and their family members over 18 years (if interested).Survey and interviews.15 minute survey. Survey participants may indicate their interest in participating in an in-depth interview. If selected the interview could last 20 minutes up to 2 hours.$10 gift card for survey completion and $50 gift card for interviewsn/aContact the study team at

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Prevalence and Incidence of SARS-CoV-2 at Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus


PI: Lauren Sauer
Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus students, staff, and faculty who are approved to routinely be on the JHU Homewood Campus during the fall and spring semesters.Nasal swab for NAT testing 2x per week and saliva ssmple for antibody testing 1x per week.Up to 2 years. Ongoing participation will be determined at the end of each school semester.$10 gift card for each month of participation
$30 gift card at the end of each semester
n/aContact Lauren Sauer at or Alexandra Bender at

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Psychological Distress in Health Care Workers During and After COVID-19 Pandemic

PI: Mansoor Malik
Clinical and non-clinical health care workers employed at JH Bayview.Surveys6 monthsA chance to win a $100 Amazon gift cardn/aContact Mansoor Malik at

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Exploring Providers' Experiences With Using Prone Positioning for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
(ARDS) in COVID-19


PI: David Hager
ICU stakeholders including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, and respiratory therapists.Interview30-40 minute interviewNonen/aContact Chad Hochberg at .

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