Topic: social determinants

Better communication, less violence

May 1, 2015 -- Steven Hafner is constantly asking the question “why?” And at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health he’s directing that question to the issue of violence against Native American women. “They experience high, high rates of violence, whether…

Trends in U.S. deaths from legal interventions

A study by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that, over the past 50 years, the risk of a young black man in the U.S. dying due to law enforcement action ranged from at least 3 to 10…

Living in community with income inequality may affect health

Living in an area having a high level of income inequality – whether people are low-income or high-income – appears to negatively impact health, according to a new report. S V Subramanian, professor of population health and geography in the Department of…

Racism harmful to health

The offensive fraternity chant recently caught on camera at the University of Oklahoma is a reminder that racism continues to envelop the U.S. “like a fog,” New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow wrote in an op-ed published March 11, 2015. Citing…

Stephen Gilman appointed to head NICHD branch

Stephen Gilman, associate professor of social and behavioral sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, was appointed acting chief of the Health Behavior Branch (HBB) of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Gilman, SM…

A storm leaves poor health in its path

November 14, 2014 — Mariana Arcaya is a Yerby Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health whose work focuses on the intersection of urban planning and public health. She was lead author of two recent papers that tracked the health of a…

The Toxic Stress of Early Childhood Adversity

[FORUM VIDEO] This Forum event examined how health and education policies can be both harnessed and revamped to counteract early childhood adversity and included a discussion of a new policy statement

Overcoming inequality by improving Internet access

July 22, 2014 — Health and wealth are intimately connected. In the United States, people with lower incomes and less education are more likely to smoke, to be overweight, and to be less healthy. One reason for this may be the divide…

Syrian refugees in Lebanon struggle with social isolation

Syrian refugees in Lebanon are experiencing the same struggles as many other groups of refugees, but their particular circumstances make social isolation a problem as well, writes Susan Bartels, a fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights in an…