Bethany Hedt-Gauthier & Isabel Fulcher Receive Canadian Institutes of Health Research Grant

Bethany Hedt-Gauthier and Isabel Fulcher

Congratulations to alumnae Bethany Hedt-Gauthier, Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at HMS, and Biostatistics at HCSPH, and Isabel Fulcher, Postdoctoral Fellow with the Harvard Data Science Initiative, for receiving a Canadian Institutes of Health Research grant for their project “Utilizing Health Systems Data to Respond to COVID-19 in Seven Resource-Poor Countries.”

Drs. Hedt-Gauthier and Fulcher will collaborate with Co-PI Michael Law at the University of British Columbia, and colleagues from Partners In Health, Harvard, and the University of Hong Kong to support projects in Haiti, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mexico, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone. Collectively, they will analyze routine data in each country to identify potential hotspots of COVID-19 circulation using syndromic surveillance. They will use similar approaches to quantify changes in health service utilization during the COVID-19 response. The overall goal is to support host-country governments to effectively use these data to target increased testing and resource allocation, and evaluate the impact of their various COVID-19 mitigation strategies.