When George Floyd was murdered by police on May 25, protests spread quickly throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul. In our most recent Carrot Health Insights, we discussed the connection between public health and public safety. Our data tells a clear story: the same behavioral, economic, social, and environmental risk factors that contribute to disparities in…

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“If there ain’t no justice, then there ain’t no peace”– Prince Prince was not alive to write a song about George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. But Baltimore, one of the last singles Prince produced, was about Freddy Gray, a 25-year old Black man who died in police custody in 2015. Referring to…

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A badly cut hand… a child’s piercing earache in the middle of the night… a car accident that leaves someone fighting for life… hospital emergency departments (EDs) are indispensable resources for treating injuries and sudden illnesses. There are times when the nearby ED may be the best or only option. EDs, however, are healthcare’s most…

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Infectious disease outbreaks like the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) are frightening and disruptive. As a society, we have two major toolkits at our disposal to limit the spread of outbreaks, and to minimize their impact on health, life, and the economy. The first toolkit is direct medical intervention. Right now, public health officials, medical researchers…

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Teachers are often evaluated by how well students perform on standardized tests. Yet so many factors driving student performance are beyond their control. Are students properly nourished? Do they have stable home lives and safe communities? Are they suffering from trauma or abuse, or facing emotional and psychological challenges? Do they have ready access to…

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This week, during the end-of-year rush, we took some time out at Carrot Health to analyze how health is affected by the holidays. We were intrigued by one particular question: does loneliness in senior citizens impact their health status? Loneliness is a tricky condition to measure mathematically. But using our vast database of consumer information,…

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It’s not who you think. That’s the immediate observation we made after examining a dataset of 200,000 individuals, over 6,000 of whom had an opioid disorder diagnosis. What are some of the distinguishing behaviors of people with an opioid addiction problem? Some behaviors that got flagged were not surprising; others prompted deeper thought and empathy…

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When it’s time to visit your doctor, how do you get to and from your appointment? Do you have a safe, convenient, and affordable method of transportation? How about your elderly parents? You might have perfectly good answers to these questions, but for a growing number of Americans, transportation insecurity is a burden preventing better…

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In October 1997, Billy Beane, an outfielder-turned-front-office-executive, was named General Manager of the Oakland Athletics. The A’s were one of the lowest-revenue teams in Major League Baseball, with an aging stadium and a small but dedicated fan base. With no salary cap and limited revenue sharing, the league placed teams like the A’s at a…

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  Around October 1 every year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) releases detailed benefits data for every Medicare Advantage and Standalone Part D Plan that has been approved for the upcoming year. On this date, health plans learn exactly which competitors they will face, and exactly what products will be offered in each service…

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