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Novel sampling methodology for urban slum / non-slum areas using satellite data for eval of family planning program in India

Montana_Livia_2014_croppedLivia Montana, PhD, a Harvard Pop Center senior research scientist, co-authored a paper published in Spatial Demography, that introduces a novel sampling approach to delineate slum and non-slum areas using satellite data in order to evaluate family planning services in six cities of Uttar Pradesh, India. The methods were developed as part of the impact evaluation of the Urban Health Initiative (UHI), which is dedicated to increasing access to high-quality family planning services to help reduce maternal and child mortality, and unintended pregnancies.

State cigarette tax found to decrease smoking among pregnant mothers without a high school education

summer_headshotHarvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar Alumna Summer Hawkins, PhD, has co-authored a study published in the American Journal of Public Health that finds that state cigarette tax may be an effective population-level intervention to decrease racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in maternal smoking during pregnancy.

In assessing whether those living longer are also living healthier, broader view of morbidity needed

Beltran_Sanchez_Fahad_SubuIn the current volume of Global Health Action, three researchers affiliated with the Harvard Pop Center — former Bell Fellow Hiram Beltran-Sanchez, PhD, current Bell Fellow Fahad Razak, MD, and faculty member SV Subramanian (Subu), PhD — have authored a study that challenges the widely accepted, disability based definition of morbidity in the compression of morbidity framework.

District-level look at fertility change and gender bias in India

Mohanty_Visiting ScientistVisiting scientist Sanjay K. Mohanty, PhD, has published a paper that expands fertility change and gender bias research in India to the district level. This new research, published in the Journal of Biosocial Science, suggests that a comprehensive strategy to reduce the gender differential in child mortality and curb sex-selective abortion to improve the child sex ratio would be helpful in India.

New study finds white men and women have significantly lower rates of suicide in states with higher levels of social capital

Photo of Ichiro KawachiA new study co-authored by affiliated faculty member Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, investigates whether state levels of social capital are associated with rates of completed suicides in the fifty U.S. states.

New link between child maltreatment and dysregulated stress reactivity patterns

McLaughlin_Sheridan for news itemFormer Harvard Pop Center RWJF Alums Kate McLaughlin, PhD, and Margaret Sheridan, PhD, have co-authored a new study that looks at the connection between child maltreatment and dysregulated stress reactivity patterns in a new way.

Boston Adolescents Living in Socially Fragmented Neighborhoods Are Less Physically Active

Photo of Ichiro KawachiAccording to a new study co-authored by affiliated faculty member Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, Boston adolescents who live in neighborhoods that have decreased residential stability were more likely to be physically inactive. This was the only socioeconomic characteristic that was found to be associated with physical inactivity.

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.