COVID-19 Current Research

Many of our Zilber School of Public Health faculty are involved in research to address the COVID-19 epidemic.

Using data science to address the impact of COVID-19 on mental health in Milwaukee
Dr. Shengtong Han is collaborating with Dr. Praveen Madiraju (Marquette University), Dr. John Mantsch (Marquette University), Dr. Aleksandra Snowden (Marquette University), and Dr. Rina Ghose (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), and submitted a proposal titled “Using data science to address the impact of COVID-19 on mental health in Milwaukee” to the Marquette University COVID-19 portal.
Genetic susceptibility to COVID-19 across race, ethnicity, and gender
Dr. Shengtong Han is involved in the team “Genetic Susceptibility to COVID-19 Across Race, Ethnicity, and Gender” with faculty from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette University, UWM, and other institutions in Milwaukee.
COVID trajectory following in-person voting in Wisconsin April 7th primary
Dr. Mustafa Hussein assisted in research of the COVID trajectory following in-person voting in the Wisconsin April 7th primary both independently and in collaboration with the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County Health Departments.
Quantifying excess mortality from COVID in the City Milwaukee
Dr. Mustafa Hussein conducted research to quantify excess mortality from COVID in the City Milwaukee for the Milwaukee Health Department.
Content analysis of COVID mask policies
Dr. Linnea Laestadius conducted a content analysis of COVID mask policies across several nations in collaboration with Dr. Young Cho, Dr. Yang Wang and others.
Adolescents alerting parents about distressed social media posts from peers during the COVID-19 pandemic
Dr. Linnea Laestadius made a grant submission to the Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellness program via SMAHRT titled “Adolescents Alerting Parents about Distressed Social Media Posts from Peers during the COVID-19 Pandemic.: The PI is Dr. Celeste Campos Castillo in UWM’s Sociology department.
More than a 1000 words: visual content & COVID-19 vaccine health behaviors
Dr. Linnea Laestadius made a grant submission to Facebook for a project titled “More Than a 1000 Words: Visual Content & COVID-19 Vaccine Health Behaviors.” The PI is Virginia Commonwealth University. This project looks at visual social media and vaccine misinformation.
More than a 1000 words: visual content & COVID-19 vaccine health behaviors
Dr. Linnea Laestadius is collaborating with UWM Political Science professor Dr. Doug Ihrke on a project to assess the effect of COVID-19 on Wisconsin’s non-profit sector. You can learn more about the project here.
Examining the association of historic disinvestment and prevalence of current health risk factors for COVID-19
Dr. Helen Meier is working with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), a non-profit organization that works with community leaders, policymakers and financial institutions to end discrimination in lending, housing and business, to examine the association of historic disinvestment (i.e., redlining) and prevalence of current health risk factors for COVID-19 (i.e., asthma, diabetes, obesity, COPD, etc.) across the US.