This project is funded under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s research program, “Health Data for Action (HD4A),” which makes valuable data from unique data owners available to researchers to answer important research questions. The goal of the study is to contribute to the knowledge on COVID-19 inequities and identify population groups and communities at greater risk for adverse COVID-19 outcomes. The researchers will use patient-level longitudinal electronic health records from a cohort of patients in the HealthShare Exchange (HSX) Clinical Data Repository linked to neighborhood-level data for several socioeconomic and built environment characteristics. They will assess whether individual- and neighborhood-level indicators of social determinants of health (SDOH) improve prediction models for COVID-19 hospitalization and deaths in a large and diverse cohort of patients in the Greater Philadelphia region. The researchers will also identify and validate a set of indicators of SDOH that can be used to guide policy by identifying communities at high risk of exposure to and adverse outcomes from COVID-19, including poor and racial minority groups. Deliverables will include a project work plan, final narrative, and financial reports. The researchers will also produce paper(s) suitable for publication and present findings at national research meetings and to other stakeholder audiences as appropriate, including policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels and other key stakeholders, as part of the deliverables for this grant.


Grant #78953
Grantee Organization: Drexel University
Grantee period: 12/1/2021– 5/31/2023
Budget: $100,000

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