July 22, 2020

Report Finds Support for Contract Tracing with Some Privacy Concerns

A July 20 article in Crain's Detroit Business covers the report from the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) and Learning Health Sciences on Michiganders' willingness to participate in COVID-19 contact tracing.

In this Cover Michigan survey more than two thirds of respondents indicated they would be willing to participate in COVID-19 contract tracing.

DLHS faculty member, Jodyn Platt, contributed to the Cover Michigan report which details responses by race, region and other descriptors.  One observation from the report was that "about half of respondents (46 percent) worry that their private health information could be used against them." Also Black respondents were less likely to trust health care providers to act responsibly with their information. Overall a majority of respondents did express trust in health care providers. 

See the full 5 page report entitled "More than two-thirds of Michiganders are willing to participate in COVID-19 contact tracing." Co-authors include: Karin Teske, MPH; John Tsirigotis, MA; Melissa Riba, MS; Jodyn Platt, MPH, PhD; Marianne Udow-Phillips, MHSA.

Cover Michigan Contract Tracing Graphic