Global data challenge winners investigating county-level COVID-19 impact of in-person college classes; social determinants of health

Members of the UAB Lung Imaging Core won the top award in the American Heart Association’s first ever COVID-19 data challenge. They explored county-level patterns in COVID-19 outbreaks and fatality associated with social determinants of health such as housing, education, economic factors and race. The research found that the socioeconomically deprived counties and counties with a high proportion of immigrant populations reported poor health and had higher prevalence of chronic diseases. This research could inform local health officials about the impending risk of COVID-19 at the county level. Led by Dr. Ramaraju Rudraraju, lung imaging lab members included Sandeep Bodduluri, Ph.D., Praneeth Reddy Amudala Puchakayala and Venkata Sthanam, M.S.