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July 22, 2020 /
Posted in: Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of Science and Health /
Professor Euan Hague is an urban geographer and director of DePaul's School of Public Service. Joseph Schwieterman is a professor in the School of Public Service and the director of DePaul's Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development. Scott Smith is an urban planner and public health researcher who serves as assistant director of the Chaddick Institute. The trio will lead an interdisciplinary research team in examining COVID-19's disproportionate impact on lower-income communities of color.
This collaborative project with the city of Chicago and Rush University aims to identify racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 outcomes within Chicago. One aspect of the project will involve utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to examine the extent to which demographics, clinical comorbidities and socioecological conditions explain variations in the severity of outcomes from COVID-19. They hope by mining the data, that they can better understand how to better protect at-risk populations and conduct testing more efficiently.