Author Archives: Kayla R Small

Lisa Berkman to speak on “What Shapes Health”

forum2On Tuesday, March 3, Lisa Berkman will be part of a panel discussion on “What Shapes Health?” This event, co-hosted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and NPR, will be webcast live at 12:30 pm EST. In addition to providing experts’ perspectives on what factors impact health, the panel will look at the public’s perception of who gets sick and why.

It’s a small world … for homicide victims

Photograph of Andrew PapachristosRWJF alum Andrew Papachristos  has shown that 41 percent of all gun homicide victims occur within a group that’s 4 percent of the population– or, to put it another way, belonging to that small network of 4 of the population increases your risk of being a homicide victim by 900 percent. Papachristos recently discussed these findings on NPR’s “Morning Edition.”

Joyce Rosenthal publishes paper on vulnerability to heat-related mortality in New York City

Joyce Klein RosenthalFaculty member Joyce Klein Rosenthal has just published a new paper in Health and Place. “We hope that this neighborhood-level ecological analysis may help to inform the search for adaptive responses and modifiable exposures, as it examines finer-scale patterns of urban vulnerability than previous studies,” says Rosenthal of the study, which is the first analysis of the relationship between neighborhood characteristics and excess mortality in New York City neighborhoods during very hot days.

Impact of schedule control on quality of care in nursing homes

schedulePop Center director Lisa Berkman and faculty member Cassandra Okechukwu have contributed to a study that examines whether the quality of care in nursing homes can be predicted by schedule control (workers’ ability to decide work hours), independently of other staffing characteristics. The study found that higher schedule control did indeed have the power to improve quality of care, as it was associated a lower prevalence of pressure ulcers.

Erika Sabbath, former Pop Center fellow, receives K01 grant

Photo of Erika SabbathErika Sabbath, who recently joined the faculty of the Graduate School of Social Work at Boston College after completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Pop Center, has received a major grant from the CDC and its National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. This K01 grant will give her the opportunity to focus intensively on her project “Quantifying Economic & Health Effects of Psychosocial Workplace Exposures.” Congratulations to Erika!

Ichiro Kawachi is named John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Social Epidemiology

Photo of Ichiro KawachiCongratulations to Ichiro Kawachi, co-director of the RWJF Health & Society Scholars program, who was recently named the John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Social Epidemiology. Dr. Kawachi’s copious publications include the textbook Social Epidemiology, which he co-authored with Lisa Berkman. Dr. Kawachi, Dr. Berkman, and Dr. Maria Glymour will be discussing the just-released second edition of this book next Friday, September 12. Please join us!