Evidence-Based Public Policy and Practice

The goal of this faculty-initiated research project is to make the Harvard Chan School India Research Center a one-stop place to disseminate the latest evidence base on major public health problems in India. This initiative has a two fold aim: (a) to build a knowledge repository that will create a dash board for stakeholders to obtain the latest evidence on public health subjects; (b) to build capacity among major stakeholders…

Poshan Atlas

At the request of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Harvard Chan and India Research Center have partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop India’s first Poshan Atlas (agro-food database) to encourage dietary diversity and control of non-communicable diseases like obesity and diabetes Led by Dr. Lindsay Jaacks, assistant professor of Global Health at Harvard Chan, the team will create the first-ever database in the world…

Mental Health and Trauma

Harvard Chan in collaboration with the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF) is creating evidence-based and trauma-informed educational videos for children rescued from child labor. The project is led by Dr. Bizu Gelaye, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology at Harvard Chan and the design support is being provided by Medical Aid Films, UK. To enhance the effectiveness of the animated videos, Harvard faculty are designing training protocols for caregivers and a…

Nutrition and Behavior Change

At the request of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Harvard Chan and India Research Center have partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to document and evaluate “promising practices” for social and behavioural change communications (SBCC) to promote Jan Andolan. Led by Dr. Vish Viswanath of Harvard Chan, the project aims to delineate current SBCC strategies, that are being used to promote nutrition seeking behaviours within the…

Case Study on Community Health

Lead by Dr. Richard Siegrist, Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard Chan, India Center is developing a case study on the Total Health program, a CSR initiative being implemented by the Apollo group in Aragonda, Andhra Pradesh. The study aims to conduct an in-depth case study of the Total Health Program, a comprehensive model for addressing community health with an applied focus on prevention of diabetes and hypertension.…

Control of Non-Communicable Diseases

India Research Center has placed itself at the forefront of addressing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in India. Dr. Lindsay Jaacks of Harvard Chan aims to evaluate Ambuja foundation’s CSR program on comprehensive management of non-communicable diseases (NCD) with a focus on prevention of Hypertension and Diabetes. IRC is currently running an evaluation of the NCD intervention through a stepped-wedged trial covering 12 villages in Bhatinda, Punjab. Dr. Jaacks has designed the…

Artificial Intelligence and Tuberculosis

In collaboration with Government of Maharashtra, the workshop will be led by Dr. Milind Tambe of Harvard Chan and University of Southern California. The half-day workshop will include participants from Microsoft Research India, Everwell, Wadhwani AI.

Public Health Curriculum

India Center is currently developing a curriculum on Public Health aimed at building the capacity of health workforce. Scope of the curriculum includes modules on fundamentals in public health and a relevant infectious disease course. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has offered the lndia Research Center to partner on supporting the National Telemedicine Portal for launch of an eLearning course. Office of Education at Harvard Chan will be supporting…

Mental Health Research Priorities in Mumbai

Jennifer Sittig, MPH 2019 conducted a mixed methods gap analysis in order to 1) identify gaps in existing mental health research in Mumbai, and 2) expose challenges and opportunities for addressing mental health through perspectives of local mental health experts. Her research was partially supported through the Rose Service Learning Fellowship at Harvard Chan. The faculty advisor for this project was Dr. Bizu Gelaye of Harvard Chan.

Cancer Registries in India

The Harvard India Center will host and collaborate with Amiya, a doctoral student at the Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health, as she studies cancer registration and its implications for health equity in India. Amiya will conduct a mixed methods study on how cancer registries measure the burden of breast, cervical, stomach, mouth and lung cancer in India, and whether it is possible to measure the burden of cancer disaggregated…