Tag Archives: SV Subramanian

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.

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.

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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 MedicalDaily.com and this piece on FoodWorldNews.com.

Despite economic progress, millions of women in low- and middle-income countries still severely undernourished

severe-adult-undernutrition-studyHarvard Pop Center faculty and researchers, including Fahad Razak, MD, former Bell Fellow and current visiting scientist, as well as former Bell Fellow Daniel Corsi, PhD, Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, and faculty member SV Subramanian (Subu), PhD, are among the authors of a novel study published in JAMA on severe, chronic, adult undernutrition. The study provides the first global estimate of severe undernutrition (defined by body mass index less than 16) in adult women that spans two decades. Learn more in this release by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Multi-level analysis finds “micro-geographies” of child undernutrition in India

ivanFour Harvard Pop Center researchers, including research associate Iván Mejía-Guevara, PhD,  recent doctoral program graduate Aditi Krishna, PhD, former Bell Fellow Daniel Corsi, PhD, and faculty member SV Subramanian, PhD, are authors on a paper published in the Journal of South Asian Development that evaluates child undernutrition in India by level – individual, community and state – so that policies can more effectively target these determinants.

Harvard Pop Center faculty among top 25 most productive researchers of health inequalities

Four cited professors at HSPH

Ichiro Kawachi, SV Subramanian (Subu), Nancy Krieger, and David R. Williams are among the top 25 most productive researchers in the field of health inequalities, according to a study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine. The four Harvard Pop Center faculty members have published 462 studies, in total, on health inequalities between 1966 – 2014. In addition, the study ranked Social Science & Medicine, with co-editors-in-chief Kawachi and Subramanian, as the most productive journal in the field of health inequalities, accounting for 38% of all publications on the topic. Publications on health inequalities by Kawachi, Krieger and Williams were among the top 25 most cited.

Is there a female disadvantage in India when it comes to nutrition?

dan and subuNot according to a paper published in the Journal of South Asian Development by former Bell Fellow Daniel Corsi, PhD, and Harvard Pop Center faculty member SV Subramanian (Subu), PhD.  Although previous studies have found there to be a female disadvantage in India when it comes to mortality, allocation of food within households, and healthcare coverage, the researchers in this study did not find there to be consistent evidence of female disadvantage in nutritional status based on using measures of anthropometric (height/weight for age, and  stunting/wasting/underweight) status.

Which is better method for non-specialist researchers to use to create local population health estimates from real-world data?

Laura-Yasaitis_310_x_440Recent Pop Center Research Fellow Laura Yasaitis, PhD, Visiting Scientist Mariana Arcaya, ScD, and Faculty Member SV Subramanian (Subu), PhD, have authored a paper published in the international journal Health & Place that offers a rare side-by-side comparison of methods to create local population health estimates (in this case, acute myocardial infarction rates) from administrative data (Medicare claims data in California).

Schools’ influence on BMI lasts long after graduation

SV Subramanian and Adam LippertIt is well known that adolescent body mass index (BMI) shows school-level
clustering. And now a new study by SV Subramanian and Adam Lippert shows that years after leaving school, respondents’ BMIs are persistently clustered by the school they attended during adolescence. The study was published in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.