Economic roots of COVID-19 racial disparities

COVID-19 disparities persist in our most vulnerable communities, including low-income families and racial and ethnic minorities, partly because of the financial necessity to continue working, as well as the lack of employment opportunities that enable their residents to work remotely. They are more likely to be essential workers, and that increases their exposure to the … Continue reading Economic roots of COVID-19 racial disparities

Advanced methods for math modeling the epidemiology and economics of coronavirus

Pulled from the Infectious Economics archives, these articles provide recommendations for the design and development of robust mathematical models of COVID-19 epidemiology and economics to reduce uncertainty in decision-making and inform evidence-based public policy.  Associations are easy; valid causal inference is hard Tutorial: how to estimate person-centered treatment effects so that public policy to control … Continue reading Advanced methods for math modeling the epidemiology and economics of coronavirus

Solid machine learning model predicts new HIV cases using EHR data

Incredible new research from Harvard and Kaiser contributed two substantial leaps forward this summer: first in the useful application of machine learning predictions using electronic health records and second in the accurate targeting of people who can benefit the most from HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis. This paper in Lancet HIV by Marcus and colleagues is so good … Continue reading Solid machine learning model predicts new HIV cases using EHR data

Press: ACA Medicaid expansion eliminated racial disparities in timely cancer treatment

This post has a summary of press coverage about results from a research study from Flatiron Health and Yale, following the Plenary Session presentation at ASCO 2019. We learned that Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid expansion was associated with reduction in racial disparity in timely treatment of advanced cancer. Results were reported in the The … Continue reading Press: ACA Medicaid expansion eliminated racial disparities in timely cancer treatment