COVID Collaboration

The Chronic Health Improvement Research Program (CHIRP) has been collaborating with teams at the Dartmouth Institute Coproduction Laboratory and at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University (ECU) on multiple COVID initiatives since the onset of the pandemic.  This work includes two recent publications soon to be released (July, 2021) by the ISQua Journal in a special issue on coproduction.  The first, led by Dr. Peter Schmidt at ECU and Drs. Brant Oliver and Gene Nelson at Dartmouth, identified three phenotypic patterns of COVID spread and public health response during the acute phase of the pandemic.  The second, lead by Dr. Oliver and Dr. Nelson, describes initial development of an integrated measurement approach called the “COVID Compass,” which aims to integrate publicly available data sources into a single visualization approach to put information on COVID related health, hardship, and economic impact in front of busy public health leaders who have to make important real-time decisions. 

“We are starting a “Long Covid” (also known as Post Acute COVID Syndrome or PACS) coproduction learning health system that includes clinics in NC and NH as well as a research registry and a collaborative learning/improvement network,” says Dr. Gene Nelson, principal investigator of the collaboration and Co-Director of the Dartmouth Coproduction Laboratory at the Dartmouth Institute.  “In addition, teams are developing a data-rich “Covid Compass” visualization platform for navigating the pandemic by tracking downstream health outcomes, social hardship and economics vis a vis upstream causes such as health and business policies, health behaviors and beliefs, and public health interventions.”

More details about the COVID Collaboration will soon be featured on the Dartmouth Coproduction Laboratory website.