News and Announcements

Finlay speaks on expert panel at United Nations on population & sustainable development

finlay_headshotHarvard Pop Center’s Director of the Research Core Jocelyn Finlay, PhD, presented as a member of an expert panel on “Population, sustainable development, and the post-2015 development agenda” at the United Nations on January 22. The panel was assembled to prepare for the upcoming 48th session of the Commission on Population and Development in 2015, when the theme will be “Realizing the future we want: integrating population issues into sustainable development, including in the post-2015 development agenda.”

Addressing challenge of selecting best health care intervention when benefits & value are often in gray zone

chandraAmitabh Chandra, PhD, Harvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member, is co-author of a Perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine that addresses the challenge of determining the best health care intervention when benefits and value are often in the “gray-zone.”

To help kids get more sleep & feel better rested, researchers suggest limiting access to screens (small & big) in bedrooms

gortmakerSteven Gortmaker, PhD, and Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH, have published a study in Pediatrics that found that kids who slept in rooms that had devices with electronic screens (smartphones, TV, etc.)  slept for shorter durations and were more likely to report that they received insufficient rest.

To better understand impact of context on health, exploring multiple contexts simultaneously might help

Tracy RichmondIn a study published in Health & Place, co-authors Harvard Pop Center affiliated faculty members Tracy Richmond, MD, and SV Subramanian (Subu), PhD, examined the effect of neighborhood and schools  on smoking behavior in adolescents. The contexts were examined one at a time, as well as simultaneously, and the results suggest that cross-classified multilevel modeling (CCMM) — evaluating multiple contexts simultaneously– may lead to more accurate results.

Gita Sen on sexual and reproductive health and rights in context of health care reform

sen.headshotHarvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member Gita Sen, PhD, is lead author on a paper published in Global Public Health that explores sexual and reproductive health and rights in light of health systems reform and universal health coverage/care.