Implementing an urban public health observatory for (near) real-time surveillance for the COVID-19 pandemic

Whitney S. Brakefield, Nariman Ammar, Olufunto Olusanya, Esra Ozdenerol, Fridtjof Thomas, Altha J. Stewart, Karen C. Johnson, Robert L. Davis, David L. Schwartz, Arash Shaban-Nejad

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic is broadly undercutting global health and economies, while disproportionally impacting socially disadvantaged populations. An impactful pandemic surveillance solution must draw from multi-dimensional integration of social determinants of health (SDoH) to contextually inform traditional epidemiological factors. In this article, we describe an Urban Public Health Observatory (UPHO) model which we have put into action in a mid-sized U.S. metropolitan region to provide near real-time analysis and dashboarding of ongoing COVID-19 conditions. Our goal is to illuminate associations between SDoH factors and downstream pandemic health outcomes to inform specific policy decisions and public health planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntegrated Citizen Centered Digital Health and Social Care
Subtitle of host publicationCitizens as Data Producers and Service co-Creators - Proceedings of the EFMI 2020 Special Topic Conference
EditorsAlpo Varri, Jaime Delgado, Parisis Gallos, Maria Hagglund, Kristiina Hayrinen, Ulla-Mari Kinnunen, Louise B. Pape-Haugaard, Laura-Maria Peltonen, Kaija Saranto, Philip Scott
PublisherIOS Press BV
Pages22-26
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781643681443
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 23 2020
Externally publishedYes
EventEFMI 2020 Special Topic Conference on Integrated Citizen Centered Digital Health and Social Care: Citizens as Data Producers and Service co-Creators - Virtual, Online
Duration: Nov 26 2020Nov 27 2020

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume275
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Conference

ConferenceEFMI 2020 Special Topic Conference on Integrated Citizen Centered Digital Health and Social Care: Citizens as Data Producers and Service co-Creators
CityVirtual, Online
Period11/26/2011/27/20

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Data Integration
  • Pandemic Surveillance
  • Precision Public Health
  • Urban Health Observatory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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