Reflections on COVID-19, Racism, and the Rise of Data Science in Health Policy Research

Reflections on COVID-19, Racism, and the Rise of Data Science in Health Policy Research

Jul 01, 2020
A Mathematica Podcast: On the Evidence. Guest: Chris Trenholm.

This episode of On the Evidence features Chris Trenholm, managing director of health at Mathematica, discussing the impacts of COVID-19 and emerging responses to the pandemic.

Before March 2020, a search of Mathematica’s website for the keyword “coronavirus” would have turned up zero results. Now, the word and its sibling, COVID-19, appear in more than two dozen pages about contact tracing, wastewater testing, disease modeling, workforce planning, and more.

Because of the wide-ranging effects of the novel coronavirus, Mathematica’s experts have sprung into action to understand its implications for primary care, child protective services, behavioral health, remote learning in K–12 education, surging unemployment among workers with disabilities, and food insecurity among children who no longer have access to daily school meals. Although the pandemic touches almost every conceivable area of public well-being, it started as a public health threat, which galvanized Mathematica’s nearly 600 health care and policy experts, researchers, technologists, data scientists, clinicians, survey experts, and program design and management experts to apply their skills and creativity in responding to the crisis.

In this episode of On the Evidence, Chris Trenholm, the managing director of health at Mathematica, discusses the impacts of COVID-19 on public health, what the pandemic reveals about the social determinants of health and racial disparities in health care, and how Mathematica’s partners in government, philanthropy, and the private sector are developing new tools and strategies in response to of the pandemic.

Listen to the full episode below.

On the Evidence · Health Policy Research, Racism, and a Pandemic

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Show notes

Find Alan Weil’s blog on the social determinants of death in the journal Health Affairs here

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