COVID-19 rapid response grants awarded to HIPRC faculty

COVID-19 rapid response grants awarded to HIPRC faculty

By: HIPRC Date: May 15th, 2020

Two projects led by HIPRC faculty are among 21 COVID-19 rapid response grants awarded by the University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative. 

“We believe the 21 projects selected for funding are all well positioned to rapidly accelerate our understanding of, or approach to mitigating, the impacts of this pandemic, which is touching every aspect of our lives,” said Ali H. Mokdad, the university’s chief strategy officer for population health and professor of health metrics sciences. 

“Using Machine Learning on the UW Medicine Electronic Health Record to Optimize COVID-19 Response” will use machine learning to make predictions around COVID-19 testing and clinical care needs, based on data from UW Medicine. Researchers will also seek to identify at-risk populations within King County for more focused attention from COVID-19 prevention efforts. 

The lead investigator is HIPRC core member Steve Mooney, Ph.D., Department of Epidemiology. Co-investigators include associate member Dustin Long, M.D., Department of Anesthesiology; HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., Department of Anesthesiology; Jimmy Phuong, Ph.D., UW Medicine Research IT; Sean Mooney, Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education; and Janet Baseman, Ph.D., Department of Epidemiology. 

“Mitigating the Mental Health Consequences of the COVID-19 Crisis” will use smartphone technology to assess behaviors, copy strategies, and mental health. The study will also examine the effectiveness of a mobile-based intervention to support mental health, which could lead to low-cost support options around the world.

The project is led by Jonathan Katner, Ph.D., Department of Psychology. HIPRC associate member and Firearm Injury Research Program researcher Christine Liebbrand, Ph.D., M.A., Department of Sociology, is a co-investigator.