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.

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…

Predicting Coronavirus Risk

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…

Quantifying Social Risk

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…