Whitney E. Zahnd, PhD

RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis

Email: whitney-zahnd@uiowa.edu
Twitter: @WhitneyZahnd

Health Management and Policy
University of Iowa
145 N. Riverside Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242

Current Projects - (2)

  • Rural and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 Mortality Rates and Associations with Community Characteristics
    This project examines rural and racial/ethnic disparities in COVID-19 mortality rates during the peak of COVID-19 deaths (December 2020-January 2021). We will examine mortality rates across non-metropolitan and metropolitan counties overall and stratified by racial/ethnic composition and U.S. census region, and spatial regression methods will be used to identify community characteristics (e.g., rurality, sociodemographic, health conditions, and health care access) associated with mortality rates at the county level.
    Research center: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
    Topics: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Health disparities and health equity, Healthcare access
  • Rural-Urban Differences in Three Domains of Access to Health Care Services
    This study proposes to leverage 2018 and 2019 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data to examine rural-urban and racial/ethnic differences within rural in three domains of access to health care services (affordability, accommodation, and acceptability) that are less frequently examined in population-based surveys.
    Research center: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Topics: Health disparities and health equity, Healthcare access, Minority health

Publications - (25)