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Largest single donation in Harvard’s history is a game (and name) changer for HSPH

An unfrenkprecedented $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, 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!

Having Better-Educated Offspring May Add Years to Parents’ Lives

friedmanHarvard RWJF HSS Alum Esther Friedman, PhD, has co-authored a study that suggests that making an investment in children’s higher education may have a big payoff for parents’ lifespan. The study has received media coverage, including this article in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

Being Socially Well-Integrated Reduces Risk of Suicide

Tsai_AlexanderA 24-year prospective cohort study authored by Harvard RWJF Health & Societies Scholar Program Alum Alexander Tsai and Harvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member Ichiro Kawachi indicates that middle-aged men who are well-integrated socially have more than a 2-fold reduced risk for suicide. Being married, having a larger social network, and attending religious services on a regular basis showed the strongest protective associations. This study was published online July 14 in the Annals of Internal Medicine and received some press on dailyRx.