Spatial Analysis of New Castle County COVID-19 Testing

  • September 23, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm
  • Virtual Presentation through BlueJeans at
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The New Castle County government and ChristianaCare have worked together over the past year to analyze COVID-19 testing data with the goal of supporting an effective and equitable community-based testing strategy. This talk will describe the application of spatial analysis to characterize geographic trends in testing and positivity rates, as well as social risk factors for COVID-19 transmission. These results were used to monitor disparities in testing access and support a data-driven approach to test site placement. We will discuss the use of geographic information systems (GIS) for public health preparedness, summarize the past year’s trends in COVID-19 testing across the county, and share lessons learned from this public-private partnership.

Meet the Speaker

Madeline Brooks, MPH

Madeline Brooks is a Research Investigator in the Institute for Research on Equity and Community Health (iREACH) at ChristianaCare. Her work focuses on the application of mixed methods and spatial analysis to improve population health. She leverages geographic information systems and spatial statistics to understand the spatial distribution of health outcomes, health care utilization, and their social determinants. Madeline received her Master of Public Health from Thomas Jefferson University and a certificate in Spatial Analysis for Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

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