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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Patricia Katz and Gabriela Schmajuk published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Associations of baseline use of biologic or targeted synthetic DMARDs with COVID-19 severity in rheumatoid arthritis: Results from the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance physician registry

Urmimala Sarkar published in Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Usability, inclusivity, and content evaluation of COVID-19 contact tracing apps in the United States

Valerie Flaherman published in American Journal of Perinatology
Management and Early Outcomes of Neonates Born to Women with SARS-CoV-2 in 16 U.S. Hospitals

Maria Glymour, Margot Kushel and Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo published in Jama internal Medicine
Excess Mortality in California During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic, March to August 2020

Sunitha Kaiser published in Hospital Pediatrics
Saftey Events in Children's Hospitals During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Renee Hsia published in BMJ Quality and Saftey
Nationwide study on trends in unplanned hospital attendance and deaths during the 7 weeks after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Denmark

Lloyd Chapman and Margot Kushel published in BMC Medical
Comparison of infection control strategies to reduce COVID-19 outbreaks in homeless shelters in the United States: a simulation study

Laura Gottlieb and Matt Pantell published in Journal of General Internal Medicine
The National Academy of Medicine Social Care Framework and COVID-19 Care Innovations

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo published in Public Health Reports
Recommendations for Demonstrators, Law Enforcement Agencies, and Public Health Agencies for Reducing SARS-CoV-2 Transmission During Civil Protests

Marissa Raymond-Flesch published in The Journal of Adolescent Health
COVID-19 Vaccination of Adolescents and Young Adults of Color: Viewsing Acceptance and Uptake With a Health Equity Lens

Kim Rhoads published in Cancer
Loneliness and symptom burden in oncology patients during COVID-19 pandemic

Krista Harrison published in Journal of Palliative Medicine
Virtual Research Stakeholder Groups with Isolated Homebound Elders and Caregivers: Lessons Learned Relevant to Research during Pandemics

Naomi Bardach published in Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
School closures reduced social mixing of children during COVID-19 with implications for transmission risk and school reopening policies

Jeff Belkora published in JCO Oncology Practice
Prime Time for Consultation Audio Recordings: Supporting Shared Decision Making During and After the COVID-19 Era

Joe Guydish published in Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Impacts of COVID-19 on residential treatment programs for substance use disorder


In the News  

Naomi Bardach:
CDPH discusses Safe Schools for All initiative (Fox 40)

Naomi Bardach/Suni Kaiser:
Schools Can Reopen Safely If They Follow Protocols, According to UCSF Study 

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo:
Finally, California Is About to Reopen
(The New York Times)
U.S. vaccine surplus grows (The Weirton Daily Times)
Michigan bet big on mass vaccine events for COVID-19. It didn't work out as hoped. (USA Today)
Most working excluded from Biden's new OSHA COVID-19 protections (
Excess Deaths Reveal the Pandemic's Hidden Toll in Some U.S. Counties (Scientific American)
Rural Northern California is falling behind in vaccinations, and COVID-19 cases are rising (Los Angeles Times)
California giving $116 million to people who get virus shots (Santa Monica Daily Press)
Flawed Data In Missouri Skews Tracking For Vaccine Equity (WTVF)

Archna Eniasivam:
Capturing a Pandemic Moment
(UCSF Magazine)

Suni Kaiser:
Bay Area school reopenings still have cloud of uncertainty despite unity from health officials
(San Francisco Chronicle)

Rob Lustig:
COVID Reopening: The Challenge of Recovering From Pandemic Weight Gain
(Yahoo News)

Rita Redburg:
Possible Heart Inflammation in Youth Linked to mRNA COVID Vaccines
(KPIX CBS San Francisco)

Kim Rhoads:
Uniting the Black Community to Defeat COVID (UCSF Magazine)

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