Major Projects

Adversity and Resilience after Hurricane Katrina
katrinaFunded by the NIH, this longitudinal study aims to examine how residents of New Orleans, particularly single, African-American mothers, have coped with the effects of Hurricane Katrina in the years after the hurricane occurred. The researchers seek to identify factors associated with vulnerability to and resistance from a disaster. Directors: Mary Waters and Jean Rhodes

Health and Aging in Africa: Longitudinal Studies of INDEPTH Communities (HAALSI)
The goal is to focus on Sub Saharan Africa and integrate the study of chronic disease (including HIV and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cognitive impairments) and their interactions with social, family and economic conditions to better understand the determinants of health and functional status in the elderly in South Africa, Tanzania and Ghana. Director: Lisa Berkman

The Program on the Global Demography of Aging (PGDA)
Elder Indian manHoused at the HCPDS, the Program on the Global Demography of Aging (PGDA) is funded by a NIH grant, and provides support for research on demographic and aging throughout the world with a particular focus on developing countries. Directors: David E. Bloom and David Canning

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program 
HSS 13Scholars in this postdoctoral program are trained to  improve the nation’s health by addressing the full spectrum of factors that affect health and creating the evidence required to inform policy. The program is based on the principle that progress in the field of population health depends upon collaboration and exchange across disciplines and sectors. Co-Site Directors: Lisa Berkman and Ichiro Kawachi. Associate Site Director: Laura Kubzansky