United States

In the U.S., the Population Council is conducting research to understand how the nation is tracking and reporting COVID-19 across different states and key cities.

Population Council researchers examined what COVID-19 data was being collected, reported, and analyzed across the United States (U.S.) at varying time points to help address the gaps in data collection, reporting, and analysis, and address the inequities of COVID-19 treatment and prevention strategies.


Tracking COVID-19 Data Reporting and Analysis in the US: May to December 2020

Throughout the pandemic, Council researchers have been tracking how COVID-19 data is reported and analyzed using a comprehensive analysis. They assessed data completeness for COVID-19 testing and four outcomes (cases, hospitalizations, recoveries, and deaths), and examined disaggregation of COVID-19 testing and outcomes by a core set of demographic indicators.

Supporting Native American Girls during the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 has had a harrowing impact on American Indians and Alaska Natives populations. In response, between May and October 2020, the Indigenous Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment Network (IMAGEN), a native female-led network that works with local Girl Societies to support their communities, dispersed 68 micro grants to 33 Girl Society groups working in 44 communities, reaching over 600 girls.


Accompanying the U.S. COVID-19 data analysis was a well-received op-ed feature in Think Global Health. Vice President of Social & Behavioral Science Research Thoai Ngo emphasizes the need for the U.S. to bolster its existing COVID-19 tracking to ensure an accurate, reliable, real-time disease prevention and control strategy.

In Think Global Health, Thoai Ngo encourages the U.S. to apply an equity lens to its COVID-19 response and work towards dismantling the racial disparities and inequities magnified by the pandemic, ultimately suggesting concentrated testing, prevention resources, and vaccine prioritization in poor Black and Latinx communities.