Author Archives: Andrew

Overflowing Disparities: Examining the Availability of Litter Bins in New York City

The 1980s marked the birth of the modern environmental justice movements thanks to civil rights activists’ concerns about the disproportionate placements of landfills in low-income and Black communities. (see our Environmental Justice Spotify playlist here) Similar environmental injustice concerns are … Continue reading

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In New York City, pandemic policing reproduced familiar patterns of racial disparities

In the past month, New York City has rolled back most of the public health mandates first put in place to control the spread of COVID-19 in early 2020, such as social distancing and mask wearing mandates. Now, new research … Continue reading

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The COVID-19 Pandemic as a Threat Multiplier for Childhood Health Disparities: Evidence from St. Louis, MO

In the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated socioeconomic and racial health disparities. For example, U.S.-based studies have found that the mortality rates for Black, Hispanic, Latino, and Indigenous communities from COVID-19 are double that of their … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned From Dear Pandemic, a Social Media–Based Science Communication Project Targeting the COVID-19 Infodemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified excessive COVID-19-related information as a public health crisis, calling it an “infodemic.” The infodemic has been exacerbated by uncertainties inherent in an emerging infectious disease and the scientific process more generally. Together with … Continue reading

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Ridesharing is Associated with Assaults around Bars in NYC

Ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft have completed more than 20 billion rides globally since 2010. Studies have found that this change to transportation systems has affected health outcomes, including alcohol consumption and motor vehicle crashes. In research recently … Continue reading

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Maintaining patient privacy while geocoding patient addresses: Do Not Use R to Geocode!

Imagine if a clinical researcher were to disclose a list of patient addresses to a third-party – government agency, for profit company or not-for-profit entity – that was outside of their hospital or health system. Imagine the researcher then publicly … Continue reading

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The politics of depression: Associations between political beliefs and adolescent mental health

In a manuscript recently published in SSM Mental Health, Catherine Gimbrone and colleagues investigated the role that political beliefs play in shaping adolescent psychological wellbeing. After decades of relative stability, adolescent mental health has sharply declined over the past decade, … Continue reading

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The impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on population mental health: An analysis of GPS and Google search volume data

Catherine Gimbrone and colleagues recently published a paper in the journal PLoS One exploring the effects of COVID-19 lockdowns on population mental health. Using novel data sources that allow for near-real-time analysis of population behavior and thought, they found that … Continue reading

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Rideshare Trips and Alcohol-Involved Motor Vehicle Crashes in Chicago

Morrison and colleagues recently published a paper reporting on a case-case analysis of rideshare activity near alcohol-involved and non-alcohol-involved car crashes in Chicago.  The observed higher level of rideshare activity near crashes that did not involve alcohol suggests that ridesharing … Continue reading

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Blues and Pews: Explaining US adolescent depressive symptom trends through declines in religious beliefs and service attendance

Depressive symptoms have been spiking among US adolescents for nearly a decade, and the by Noah Kreski and colleagues aimed to examine the role of religious factors in this growing trend. Historically, religious engagement has been linked to better mental … Continue reading

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