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.

On the Road Again

It was only a year ago, in March 2020, that the spread of COVID-19 forced travel restrictions around the world. Few who were traveling during those confusing weeks will forget the commotion that resulted. As borders closed and airlines announced flight cancellations, airports filled with people struggling to get home, and the lineups at security…

The Health Impact of Very, Very Good Dogs

Many have stepped up over the past year to provide support and compassion during the pandemic – but some have stepped up with four legs, not two. Yes, we mean dogs. Very, very good dogs. It’s time those dogs got recognition (and treats) for their service. In particular, we’re grateful for the dogs adopted from…

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…

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…