Harvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member Gita Sen, PhD, was interviewed by Bangladesh’s first Internet newspaper, bdnews24.com, on the importance of a strong public health system to adopt universal health coverage (UHC) to protect people from slipping into poverty.
Harvard RWJF Health & Society Alumna Christina Roberto, PhD, was recently awarded The Obesity Society’s (TOS) 2014 Early-Career Research Grant. Currently an Assistant Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, Roberto was honored with the grant during Obesity Week, the annual scientific and educational conference for obesity professionals which took place in Boston during the week of November 2-7, 2014. “The award from TOS,” commented Roberto, “will enable us to evaluate how a policy to limit sugary drink container size influences consumers’ perceptions and eating behaviors during a restaurant meal. The goal of this work is to provide timely and valuable data to both scientists and policymakers.”
Mark Schuster, MD, PhD, a Harvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member, is lead author on a study in Pediatrics that shows that over 80% of kids obese at age 11 are obese at age 16. The study, online now and in the upcoming December print issue, is featured in U.S. News and World Report and Canada’s Global News.
In connection with a recent Pew Research Center Report and a New York Times article on the link between decreasing marriage rates and increasing financial concerns, Pop Center affiliated faculty member Alexandra Killewald’s research on the marriage premium has been cited in this Mercatornet.com article.
An unprecedented $350 million dollar gift from the Morningside Foundation, a philanthropic organization established by the family of the late T.H. Chan, will support HSPH as it tackles global health threats such as pandemics, harmful physical and social environments, poverty and humanitarian crises, and failing health systems. Read about this game- (and name-) changing event in the Harvard Gazette.
Erika 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!