COVID-19 Research


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IHPS faculty are responding to policy challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic with rapid-cycle researchand technical assistance.  A compilation of their work to date can be found here and will be updated regularly.

                           PRIORITY: Pregnancy Coronavirus Outcomes Study                     

Valerie FlahermanPRIORITY (Pregnancy CoRonavIrus Outcomes RegIsTrY) is a nationwide study of people under investigation for or with confirmed COVID-19 who are pregnant or recently pregnant, and their newborns. PRIORITY is enrolling participants nationwide at to provide information to help patients and healthcare providers better understand how COVID-19 impacts pregnant people and their newborns. Mother and infant participants will be followed for 12 months after delivery to assess both immediate outcomes associated with acute COVID-19 and subsequent consequences including ongoing respiratory, neurological or systematic symptoms, mental health concerns and receipt of preventive services including contraception and immunization. (PI: Valerie Flaherman)



                      RAPID (Rapid Assessment of Pandemic Indirect Impacts and Migigating Interventions for Decision-Making)                                      
RAPID (Rapid Assessment of Pandemic Indirect Impacts and Mitigating Interventions for Decision-making) RAPID is an interdisciplinary rapid-response scientific taskforce and policy simulation laboratory that provides a clear, transparent framework for defining what constitutes a set of foreseeable indirect effects of the pandemic. The RAPID team (see  attached report) developed a novel analytic approach to rapidly synthesize evidence and develop guidance for state policymakers seeking to buffer Californians from the indirect effects of COVID-19.  (PI: Mohsen Malekinejad, Claire Brindis)








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Andrew Auerbach published in Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Preventability of 30-Day Hospital Revisits Following Admission with COVID-19 at an Academic Medical Center
Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo published in JAMA Pediatrics
Screen Time Use Among US Adolescents During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Findings From the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study
Valerie Flaherman and John Boscardin published in Clinical Infectious Diseases
Infant Outcomes Following Maternal Infection With Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2): First Report From the Pregnancy Coronavirus Outcomes Registry (PRIORITY) Study
Valerie Flaherman published in Frontiers in Immunology
COVID-19 mRNA Vaccination in Lactation: Assessment of Adverse Events and Vaccine Related Antibodies in Mother-Infant Dyads
Kevin Grumbach and Ralph Gonzales published in Annals of Epidemiology
Design of a population-based longitudinal cohort study of SARS-CoV-2 incidence and prevalence among adults in theSan Francisco Bay Area

Patricia Katz published in Annals of Internal Medicine
Effect of Immunosuppression on the Immunogenicity of mRNA Vaccines to SARS-CoV-2 : A Prospective Cohort Study
Maria Raven published in International Journal of Drug Policy
Using a "Big Events" framework to understand emergency department use among women experiencing homelessness or housing instability in San Francisco during the COVID-19 pandemic

Gabriela Schmajuk published in ACR Open Rehumatology
Factors Associated With Hospitalization and Death After COVID-19 Diagnosis Among Patients With Rheumatic Disease: An Analysis of Veterans Affairs Data



In the News  

Naomi Bardach:
Helping California Schools Open Safely
(Public Policy Institute of California)

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo:
California has lowest COVID-19 case rate in US
 (ABC7 News)
Why California Has One of the Lowest Covid-19 Rates in the Nation (The New York Times)
Unwilling to Wait for Approval, Some Healthy Americans Seek Booster Shots (The New York Times)
No Shots, No Service (The New York Times)

Barbara Koenig:
Should you travel to Hawaii this year? Here's what an ethicist says
(SF Gate)

Margot Kushel:
The Bay Area's COVID hotel experiment: Successes and uncertainty
(Times Herald)
As Delta Hits San Diego, Officials Hurry to Test More City Homeless Shelters (Voice of San Diego)

Maria Raven:
California vaccine mandates aren't good enouph. UCSF's Jeanne Noble and Maria Raven on what we need. Now (San Francisco Chronicle)

Jack Resneck:
Patients and doctors who embraced telehealth during the pandemic fear it will become harder to access
(The Washington Post)
Telehealth Took Off During the Pandemic. Now, Battles Over State Lines and Licensing Threaten Patients' Options (Time)

Kim Rhoads:
Low vaccination rates in parts of Bayview could be driving high Covid-19 infections (SF Public Press)
(Mission Local)

Joanne Spetz:
What COVID Nurses Want You To Know Right Now
(Yahoo News)
California faces short-term nursing shortage from COVID-19 retirements (Lake County News)
COVID-19 Impact: As nationwide nursing shortage hits California, UCSF nurses demand change (ABC7 News)

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