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Public Health Insights: Learning to Live with COVID
September 22 @ 5:15 pm – 6:40 pm CDT
The COVID-19 pandemic has varied substantially depending on where you live and on one’s personal characteristics and behaviors. The history of the pandemic in our region (southern MN and southwestern WI) will be reviewed, highlighting work by the Mayo Clinic study team that used the Rochester Epidemiology Project to characterize changes in the pandemic over time, and to identify risk factors for severe infections. The importance of three components of primary prevention will be discussed as we move into the next phases of the pandemic: vaccination and vaccine hesitancy, masking and social distancing, and healthy behaviors, particularly maintaining a balanced diet, physical activity, and moderate alcohol use.
Jennifer St. Sauver, M.P.H., Ph.D. is a Professor of Epidemiology in the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. She received her MPH and PhD degrees in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan. After graduation, she joined Mayo Clinic as a Collaborative Scientist in 1999. She is an epidemiologic methodologist, with extensive experience in the design and conduct of observational research studies. In particular, she is Co- Principal Investigator of the Rochester Epidemiology Project (REP), a unique research infrastructure that captures healthcare information from multiple providers for the population of southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. As a collaborative scientist, she has worked with a wide range of investigators to leverage this resource to address many different health related questions. Her current research focuses on using the REP to understand the impact and outcomes of multiple chronic conditions at the population level. She is also an affiliate member of the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, with specific interest in community-based interventions to improve population health.