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Center Study Examines Excess Deaths from COVID and Other Causes

July 17, 2020

The number of deaths from COVID-19 reported in the news during March and April may be underestimating the pandemic’s actual death toll. From March 1st to April 25, 2020, the United States saw 87,001 excess deaths, but only 65% of the excess deaths were attributed to COVID-19. The other one-third (35%) was linked to other causes such as heart disease, diabetes, cerebrovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.Read More Health Equity: How Opportunities for Health are Shaped by Race and Ethnicity [View Image]

Health Equity: How Opportunities for Health are Shaped by Race and Ethnicity

August 27, 2020

A report based on a previous center study, “Uneven Opportunities: How Conditions for Wellness Vary Across the Metropolitan Washington Region”, that examined the health of the community at the census tract level, focusing on life expectancy and the factors that shape health.Read More

Health Opportunity and Equity (HOPE) Initiative

August 26, 2020

A project, led by the National Collaborative for Health Equity, to develop a resource to chart progress towards health equity at the national, state, and local level. As part of this project, the Center is providing data and research support for the Texas Health Institute.Read More

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