News and Announcements

Children’s health problems prevent families from moving out of high- to low-poverty neighborhoods

Arcaya_Subu_WatersHarvard Pop Center researchers, including visiting scientist and former fellow Mariana Arcaya and faculty members SV Subramanian, and Mary C. Waters are authors on a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology that found that when families were given an option to move out of a high-poverty neighborhood and move to a low-poverty neighborhood, those families with a sick child were less likely to take advantage of the opportunity to move. Learn more in this news brief by MIT.

Homicide rate reverses life expectancy gains for men in Mexico

Hiram-Beltran-Sanchez-pic1Former Harvard Bell Fellow Hiram Beltran-Sanchez, PhD, is author on a study published in the journal HealthAffairs that has found that the unprecedented increase in homicides in Mexico between 2005 – 2010 resulted in reversing life expectancy gains for men, which had been improving for the prior 60 years. The study received much attention in the press, including a piece on and medicaldaily.

Providing family planning info. during maternity-related doctor visits can boost postpartum contraceptive use


Harvard Pop Center Research Scientist Livia Montana, PhD, is author on a study published in the Journal of Family Planning & Reproductive Health that examined whether maternity health doctor visits are a potentially effective channel through which to deliver family planning information and improve postpartum contraception use.

Does retirement really lead to worse health? A closer look at women & men in Europe

seniors in Europe_Retirement by Phillip HesselAlthough it has been suggested that retirement can be bad for your health, Harvard Pop Center Bell Fellow Philip Hessel, PhD has taken a look at longitudinal data using an instrumental variables approach and his findings, published in Social Science & Medicine, suggest otherwise. Positive effects of retirement on health were found to exist for low as well as high educated men and women.

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By honing in on top 5 risk factors for child undernutrition in India, findings could lead to more effective interventions

Indian-woman-and-childHarvard Pop Center affiliated researchers including recent Bell Fellow Daniel Corsi, PhD,  research associate Iván Mejía-Guevara, PhD,  and faculty and executive committee member SV Subramanian (Subu), PhD, have published a study in Social Science & Medicine that has evaluated the contribution of 15 common risk factors for chronic child undernutrition in India. The findings point to five risk factors responsible for more than 65% of the problem. Learn more in this Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health press release.

Photo: Flickr – Rajarshi MITRA

Lisa Berkman on challenges of aging societies at Harvard’s inaugural TEDx event

Lisa-Berkman-TedxHarvardCollege-470x313Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, was a fitting speaker to kick off Harvard’s first TEDx event which explored the challenges posed as populations, influenced by both declining birth and death rates, change shape. Learn more in this Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s news item, and watch the video.

Eliminating ‘food deserts’ not a panacea for improving diet quality & reducing disparities

block_Subu_300-x-181Harvard Pop Center faculty members Jason Block, MD, and SV Subramanian (Subu), PhD, have co-authored a paper published in PLOS Medicine that suggests that when it comes reducing dietary disparities and improving dietary quality in the U.S. there are more effective strategies than increasing access to healthy foods (eliminating ‘food deserts’). Learn more in this Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health news post, in this piece on and this piece on