Topic: health disparities

Closing the cancer divide

October 2, 2012 -- A young Rwandan girl named Claudine is one of the lucky ones. In 2005, after months of seeking a diagnosis for leg pain, she was introduced to a physician from Boston-based Partners In Health (PIH) who diagnosed her…

Impact of Medicaid on health of the poor

An HSPH study showing potential health benefits of states expanding Medicaid to more low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act, and possible serious negative consequences of not doing so, was cited in a New York Times editorial July 28, 2012. The piece,…

Painting the big picture on a Navajo reservation

November 1, 2012 -- Once upon a time, Anne Newland wanted to go to film school. But because life unfolds with its own logic, she instead became a doctor with the federal Indian Health Service (IHS). And shaped by her experience working…

Life expectancy declines among least-educated whites

Life expectancy among the least-educated white Americans has fallen markedly over the past two decades, according to recent research, including some studies by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) experts. A front-page article in the September 20, 2012 New York Times outlined…

Federal payment changes may harm hospitals serving poor

Hospitals that treat mostly poor and uninsured patients generally perform slightly worse than others when patients rate their hospital experiences, according to a study led by Harvard School of Public Health researchers. The lower patient ratings could negatively impact these so-called safety-net…

Stress plays key role in racial disparities in health

May 2, 2011 -- Despite the widespread belief that racial differences in stress exist and that stress is linked to poor health, relatively few studies have investigated the topic. A new study conducted by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers shows…