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Nine Awardees Selected for the 2020 Spectrum Pilot Grants in Population Health Sciences

The Spectrum Population Health Sciences Pilot Grants Program is intended to stimulate novel research that can advance our understanding of how environments, policies and programs impact population health and social inequalities in health. Nine transdisciplinary awardees were selected to be part of the 2020 cohort. Their projects range from expanding obesity treatment to racial and ethinic minorities through digital platforms to exploring the health impact of climate hazards on disadvantaged households in the Bay Area. Read more about the awardees and their research here.

Every Body Counts: Measuring Mortality From the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mathew Kiang, former PHS Postdoctoral Research Fellow now Stanford Instructor in Epidemiology and Population Health, discusses the current difficulties of disaster death attribution in a recent publication in Annals of Internal Medicine.  Kiang and his co-authors describe the strengths and limitations of relying on death counts from death certificates, estimations of indirect deaths and estimations of excess mortality. Read more here.

Monitoring COVID-19 and Building Capacity with Northern Plains Tribes and the Future of Pandemics 

Stanford Precision Health for Ethnic and Racial Equity (SPHERE), a PHS affiliated program, was awarded a $3.5 million, 2-year supplemental grant from the National Institutes of Health to build out new, urgently-needed diagnositic and health resources for combating COVID-19 in the Northern Plains tribal communities. The project will leverage pre-exisiting resources and partnerships between Stanford School of Medicine and tribal affiliates to upgrade existing laboratory infrastructure for conducting COVID-19 diagnostic tests, health consultations, and tribal-wide public health data management and policy. As the project develops, updates will be added to the SPHERE website. For more information, visit the SPHERE website here.

The Affects of COVID-19 on Career Advancement of Today's Youth 

PHS Postdoctoral Research Fellow Alice Milivinti is featured in a video sponsored by the Stanford Longevity Center that analyzes how the pandemic has affected the economy and unemployment among young people. View it here.

News & Announcements

Mobility Network Models of COVID-19 Explain Inequities and Inform Reopening

Stanford researchers including PHS Faculty Fellow Jure Leskovec use mobile network models to determine that most Coronavirus transmission occurs at indoor restaurants, cafes and gyms. Read more here.

Experts Reflect on What Went Wrong During the COVID-19 Pandemic

PHS Co-Director and Associate Professor David Rehkopf and other experts reflect on what went wrong as the US reached 200,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths. Read more here.

PHS Data Portal Featured in Stanford Center for Digital Health Landscape Report

The report is a comprehensive analysis of digital health efforts across Stanford and includes a deep dive into academic literature, research trends and unique institutional insights from a variety of stakeholders.
Access the full report here.

Upcoming Events

Stanford Cancer Institute's Research Agenda for Population Sciences and Cancer Survivorship

Maternal & Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI) Virtual Seminar Series
Monday, December 7, 2020 12:00-1:00PM
New PHS Staff Members
Ayin Vala
Senior Data Engineer

Rebecca Maree Miller
Data Manager, Biostatistian

New PHS Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Anneke Claypool
PhD Student

Zong Huang
Predoctoral Research Fellow

Michele Lanpher Patel
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Cesar Vargas Nunez
PhD Candidate

Mary Kate (MK) Quinn
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
COVID-19 Updates
Stanford Medicine is closely monitoring the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  Up-to-date information can be found here.
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