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Supporting Health Equity Through Data-Driven Decision-Making: A Local Health Department Response to COVID-19.
Hansotte E, Bowman E, Gibson PJ, Dixon BE, Madden VR, Caine VA. Supporting Health Equity Through Data-Driven Decision-Making: A Local Health Department Response to COVID-19. American journal of public health. 2021 Oct 1; 111(S3):S197-S200.
COVID-19 highlights preexisting inequities that affect health outcomes and access to care for Black and Brown Americans. The Marion County Public Health Department in Indiana sought to address inequities in COVID-19 testing by using surveillance data to place community testing sites in areas with the highest incidence of disease. Testing site demographic data indicated that targeted testing reached populations with the highest disease burden, suggesting that local health departments can effectively use surveillance data as a tool to address inequities. (. 2021;111(S3):S197-S200. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2021.306421).