hidden Comparing COVID-19 with the flu: More differences than similarities

Comparing COVID-19 with the flu: More differences than similarities

Author: Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., Chief, Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Preview: Many have compared seasonal influenza (the flu) with COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. This is understandable, to some degree, because to understand the new or unknown we sometimes compare it with something known or familiar and seek similarities between the two.

hidden It gets better with time: the benefits and challenges of predictive data modeling

It gets better with time: the benefits and challenges of predictive data modeling

Author: Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., Chief, Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation, American Heart Association; Yosef Khan, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Health Informatics and Analytics, Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation, American Heart Association

Preview: The myriad data that surround us strengthen our understanding of public health problems and inform our response strategies as they offer insights to past, present and future trends of disease progression and outcomes. Sometimes, public health problems demand quick action (e.g., COVID-19), even in the face of limited data to inform a response.

hidden Community supports for physical activity: Why and how to keep track of them

Community supports for physical activity: Why and how to keep track of them

Author: James F. Sallis, Ph.D., Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, University of California San Diego; Daniel A. Rodriguez, Ph.D., Department of City & Regional Planning and Institute for Transportation Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Preview: A useful surveillance system for public health planning must go beyond assessing only physical activity by including measures of modifiable characteristics that can influence the behavior. This system can also reflect the extent of interventions and changes in those characteristics nationwide.

hidden New data suggest disparities in COVID-19 hospitalization by race/ethnicity; AHA updates its community data tool to better identify areas where severe cases are likely to occur

New data suggest disparities in COVID-19 hospitalization by race/ethnicity; AHA updates its community data tool to better identify areas where severe cases are likely to occur

Author: Christina M. Shay, PhD, FAHA, Director, Impact and Health Metrics, American Heart Association

Preview: The American Heart Association Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s data visualization resource, “County-Level Characteristics Related to Increased Risk for Severe COVID-19 Complications,” has been updated to include detailed population estimates of the proportion of county residents according to race and ethnicity.

hidden New Resource to Identify Communities at High Risk for Severe Illness from COVID-19 and Increased Healthcare Utilization

New Resource to Identify Communities at High Risk for Severe Illness from COVID-19 and Increased Healthcare Utilization

Author: Christina M. Shay, PhD, FAHA, Director, Impact and Health Metrics, American Heart Association

Preview: The Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation (CHME) has developed a data visualization resource to identify communities with population characteristics associated with high rates of severe COVID-19 illness, which can help pinpoint localities at high risk for increased use of healthcare services and increased resource needs.

hidden The US Public Health System’s Playbook for COVID-19

The US Public Health System’s Playbook for COVID-19

Author: Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., Chief, Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Preview: There is reassuring news in the midst of the uncertainty that has permeated many in our nation over the past several weeks: we have a science-based playbook for public health agencies to effectively respond to emergencies such as COVID-19.

hidden AHA sets ambitious 2030 Impact Goals to increase healthy life expectancy

AHA sets ambitious 2030 Impact Goals to increase healthy life expectancy

Authors: Michael V. McConnell, M.D., M.S.E.E., Clinical Professor, Stanford and Senior Research Scientist, Google Health; John Warner, M.D., MBA, Executive Vice President for Health System Affairs and Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and Past President, American Heart Association

Preview: It’s an exciting day for the American Heart Association, newly releasing the 2030 Impact Goals and annual Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update.