The pandemic has put in stark relief the inherent health inequities in the United States. Social epidemiologist Shivani Patel provides sobering insights into the numbers and makes a case for effective public health grounded in equity and data.
Persons under investigation (PUIs) who tested positive were less likely to provide any contacts. This difference may be related to a sense of stigma among people testing positive for having engaged in activities known to foster transmission, thus leading to a reluctance to provide contacts
As the pandemic unfolded, E. Lisa Chung got involved with multiple response efforts, from performing tests and delivering vaccines to mapping out prevention plans. She’ll continue her studies as a Rollins PhD student this fall.
An epidemiology expert embedded with the Fulton County Board of Health, Emory faculty member and alumna Allison Chamberlain helped shape the local response to COVID-19 while giving public health students invaluable practical experience in fighting a pandemic.
Emory University researchers have enhanced their dynamic national COVID-19 Health Equity Dashboard to provide more localized information on the impact of the pandemic in communities across Georgia.
The Emory COVID-19 Response Collaborative is highlighting the work of RSPH students in ECRC projects with state and local health departments. Please join us virtually on Tuesday, April 20th from 12-1 EST to learn about their hard work.
Emory College senior Star Liu discusses work related to Emory’s COVID-19 Health Equity Interactive Dashboard with Shivani A. Patel, a social epidemiologist who hired Liu to help with the project. The dashboard offers a visualization of the pandemic’s impact on communities nationwide.
Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous persons in the United States have an increased risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection and death from COVID-19, due to persistent social inequities. However, the magnitude of the disparity is unclear because race/ethnicity information is often missing in surveillance data.
If you have an interest in working at the local level after graduation, now’s the time. It’s a wonderful place to learn, grow and serve, especially during the public health crisis of our lifetimes.
Shivani Patel, who’s been tracking equity issues related to the coronavirus pandemic, says getting the most-vulnerable communities equal access to COVID-19 vaccines helps everyone.