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.

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…

All the Lonely People

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,…

The Needle and the Damage Done

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…

Magic Bus

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…