CORE's COVID-19 Agenda

CORE’s COVID-19 Agenda

Updated January 11, 2021

At CORE, our work is about health transformation – and few things have been more transformative to U.S. health care than the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, we’re partnering with researchers within and outside of Providence on a range of COVID-19 research projects. The projects are designed to provide immediate improvements in COVID-19 care, as well as understand the pandemic’s long-term impact on health care.

As of January 2021, CORE is engaged in a variety of COVID-19 projects. Learn more, below. 

Evaluation of COVID-19 Telehealth Home Monitoring 

COVID-19 has led to a rapid expansion in telehealth services, creating new opportunities for patient care during and after the pandemic. This study, funded by the Providence St. Joseph Foundation (PRSJ Foundation), will evaluate some of PSJH’s rapid response telehealth interventions, which provide monitoring and support for patients with COVID-19 who are managing the illness at home. The project will analyze data from medical records and other sources to assess effectiveness of these telehealth interventions as a model for supporting patients with COVID-19, both now and in the future.

Impacts of Shifting Utilization & Deferred Care Due to COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, health care providers have seen a substantive shift in how people engage in health care, including reductions in the use of outpatient, ED, and inpatient services. This study, funded by Providence Foundations of Oregon, aims to understand how patterns of care have shifted for BIPOC and white populations, and how these changes compare to pre-pandemic racial and ethnic disparities in health care access and use. It also seeks to understand how the limitations of available data sources may mask disparities in access to health care, both before and during the pandemic.

Understanding Disparities in COVID-19 Testing and Infection Rates

Media reports have pointed to persistent disparities in the impact of COVID-19 on BIPOC versus white populations. This project, funded by the PRSJ Foundation will analyze data from across the PSJH system in an effort to better understand racial, ethnic, and language disparities in the impact of COVID-19 among PSJH patients. Results will help inform recommendations on how health systems can reduce or eliminate disparate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Investigating Long-term Health Impacts of COVID-19 

This research aims to better understand the long-term impacts of COVID-19. The study, funded by the Housman Foundation, will create a cohort of Providence patients who tested positive for COVID-19 and a similar group of patients who tested negative. Beginning in 2021, CORE will follow the patients for one year to measure subsequent health issues and health care use. 

My COVID Diary: Understanding Patient Experiences

With funding from Providence Foundations of Oregon, CORE is partnering with Providence’s Clinical Analytics Team on their My COVID Diary project. This clinical research project uses digital technology to collect and analyze first-person accounts of COVID-19 from thousands of individuals in order to understand COVID-19 symptoms, disease progression, subsequent medical challenges, and social implications and experiences. The goal is to use this data to better prepare medical and social service systems to meet the short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19 and steer the nation towards recovery.

For more information about our COVID-19 research, contact:

Keri Vartanian, PhD. 

CORE Director

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