Carrot Health Insights

Carrot Health Insights is an email publication sharing intriguing connections between social, behavioral, environmental, economic, demographic, and other data sources with health outcomes. Select any of the Insights below to read more and subscribe to Carrot Health Insights to receive future Insights in your inbox.

Santa Claus vs. The Grinch: Comparing Social Health Risks this Holiday Season

During the holiday season, spikes in health-related illnesses and hospital admissions are all too common. Research attributes this to a variety of factors, including weather-related falls, holiday drinking and overeating, seasonal flu, avoidance of care, and emotional stress.How can we flag at-risk individuals to predict, and possibly prevent, health crises at this time of year?…

Who Should Get Vaccinated First for COVID-19?

Vaccines, considered one of the most important advances in modern medicine, have greatly improved our quality of life by reducing or eliminating many infectious diseases. Worldwide, immunization can prevent up to 3 million deaths per year. Vaccines are “one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions,” according to the World Health Organization. As…

Two Sides of Frogtown

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…

Public Health = Public Safety

“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…

Call Me a Doctor

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…