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)


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Julia Adler-Milstein published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
US Nursing Home Quality Ratings Associated with COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Introduction

Valerie Flaherman published in MedRxiv
COVID-19 mRNA Vaccination in Lactation: Assessment of adverse effects and transfer of anti-SARS-CoV2 antibodies from mother to child

Joe Guydish published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence
COVID-19 vaccine trust among clients in a sample of California residential substance use treatment programs

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

Hemal Kanzaria and Jahan Fahimi published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Patient reported delays in obtaining emergency care during COVID19

Maria Raven published in the International Journal of Drug Policy
Using a "Big Event" framework to understand emergency department use among women experiencing homelessness or housing instability in San Francisco during the COVID-19 pandemic

Elizabeth Wick published in the Journal of Surgical Research
Patient Perceptions on Barriers and Facilitors to Accessing Low-acuity Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo and Maria Glymour published in SSM Population Health
Excess mortality among Latino people in California during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo published in Lancet Infectious Disease
Routine asymptomatic testing strategies for airline travel during COVID-19 pandemic: a simulation study.

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo published in the American Journal of Public Health
Excess Deaths During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for US Dealth Investigation Systems.

Claire Brindis and Charles Irwin Jr published in the Journal of Adolescent Health
Young Adult Perspectives on COVID-19 Vaccinations.

Valerie Flaherman published in JAMA Pediatrics
Evaluation of Messenger RNA From COVID-19 BTN162b2 and mRNA-1273 Vaccines in Human Milk.

Kevin Grumback published in JAMA Internal Medicine
Association of Race/Ethnicity with Likeliness of COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake Among Health Workers and the General Population in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Gabriela Schmajuk and Katz published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Factors associated with COVID-19 related dealth in people with rheumatic diseases: results from COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance physician-reported registry.

Margot Kushel published in Clinical Infectious Disease
Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak in a San Francisco Homeless Shelter


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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