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When it comes to a mother’s health and survival, the United States fares worst among high-income countries, and what’s been even less carefully explored is the degree to which a woman’s environment contributes to her risk of pregnancy-related death or other poor health outcomes.

That’s why we created the Maternal…

An example of a causal AI model — Bayesian Network — used by Surgo Ventures in Uttar Pradesh, India. It shows the variables that must be considered when designing interventions to persuade more mothers to choose to deliver their babies in hospital facilities instead of at home.
An example of a causal AI model — Bayesian Network — used by Surgo Ventures in Uttar Pradesh, India. It shows the variables that must be considered when designing interventions to persuade more mothers to choose to deliver their babies in hospital facilities instead of at home.

The following is a simplified version of our original Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence article: Causal Datasheet for Datasets: An Evaluation Guide for Real-World Data Analysis and Data Collection Design Using Bayesian Networks.

In rural Uttar Pradesh, India, a state with more than 230 million people, 10 times more mothers and…

Picture of signs on the ground after people gathered outside an apartment complex with the intention to stop the alleged eviction of one of the tenants in Mount Rainier, Md., last year.
Image from our The New York Times Opinion piece on this topic: Signs on the ground after people gathered outside an apartment complex with the intention to stop the alleged eviction of one of the tenants in Mount Rainier, Md., last year. (Credit Leah Millis/Reuters)

When the CDC’s national moratorium on evictions expires on July 31, more than six million families in America could face eviction filings for being behind on rent. This threat is especially pronounced in 250 counties, where at least one in five renters are still behind on rent. …

Scatterplot chart showing how states with more barriers to the COVID-19 vaccine also do fewer “vaccine” searches
Surgo Ventures found that states with higher COVID-19 vaccine barriers also did fewer vaccine searches.

This is the third in a three-part series deep-diving into what Surgo Ventures has learned about Google Trends as an additional monitoring tool for researchers and policymakers during pandemics and other major national concerns. In Part 1, we explored the broad impact of COVID-19 through national and state-level search trends…

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Several weeks ago, Google released a compelling ad, “Get back to what you love,” promoting post-pandemic searches and sending a subtle message about the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Google searches can be a useful near real-time indicator of public interest during a pandemic. …

A person conducts a Google search on a laptop
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Since the beginning of 2020, there’s been extensive reporting on how the COVID-19 pandemic has upended life in the US. Understanding how Americans have responded is important to shape the public health and policy initiatives that are essential to turning the tide of the pandemic.

What do we know about…

This story was developed based on our interactive data visualization, which you can experience here.

The U.S. is facing the greatest public health challenge of a generation: getting at least 70% of the population vaccinated against COVID-19, even as demand has dropped considerably in recent weeks. …

Surgo Ventures five psychobehavioral segments illustrate why looking at demographics isn’t enough to overcome vaccine hesitancy.

The findings of our largest survey of U.S. adults to date — 17,907 people — provide a blueprint for state and local leaders to achieve President Biden’s stated goal of ensuring 70% of U.S. adults get at least their first shot by the Fourth of July.

In analyzing the results…

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With more than 50 million vaccine doses administered, the UK vaccination program is helping the nation make progress against COVID-19. At the same time, researchers have identified COVID-19’s impact on mental health as a persistent problem that may outlast the current pandemic.

In support of UK Mental Health Awareness Week

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Our efforts to improve COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the United States are about to get a lot harder, soon.

We recently released our second national survey of U.S. adults, which found that enthusiasm for the COVID-19 vaccine is generally high, with 59% of the population now saying they have already…

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