University of Illinois Cancer Center member Sage Kim, PhD, was selected to co-lead the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health’s new Population Health Analytics, Metrics and Evaluation, or PHAME, center.
The PHAME Center at UIC will combine novel technology with academic expertise to provide a hub of advanced data visualization, evaluation, and analytics to community members, students, policymakers and researchers in Chicago and beyond. By combining these elements – community, scholars and technology – the center will advance data-driven public health decisions, meaningful population health initiatives and reduction of health disparities including those related to COVID-19. The center will also provide policy and research briefs that showcase health equity measures and potential data utilization in health equity research.
Kim, associate professor of health policy and administration, and co-leader Sanjib Basu, the UIC Paul Levy and Virginia F. Tomasek Professor of Biostatistics, have engaged in data modeling and research concerning racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 transmission and mortality in Chicago since March. Recently, Kim’s research identified the effects of existing social vulnerability and health risk factors contributing to COVID-19 outcomes and geographical patterns associated with increased COVID-19 death rates in Chicago, particularly among Black communities.
Garth Rauscher, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics and a member of the UI Cancer Center’s Cancer Prevention and Control program, will also assist at the center.