Black Americans, low-income Americans may benefit most from stronger policies on air pollution
Stronger regulations lowering levels of fine particulate air pollutants (PM2.5) would benefit the health of all Americans, but Black Americans and low-income Americans would likely reap the most benefits, including a lower risk of premature death, according to…
Better Off Podcast: Is working from home unhealthy?
Working from home has its perks: Better coffee, easy commute, no fluorescent lighting. But, as any home office worker can tell you, there are also downsides: No more office social hours, no more ergonomic chairs, and no more…
India behind on progress toward UN Sustainable Development Goals
India is not on target to reach more than half of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—a broad set of global goals set in 2015 by UN member states—by the organization’s 2030 deadline, according to a study…
Better Off Podcast: How can we protect the health of incarcerated people?
As COVID-19 swept through American prisons and jails in 2020, wardens scrambled to keep prisoners and corrections officers from getting sick. One strategy was to increase solitary confinement. Health experts warn that solitary confinement increases the risk of…
Climate change worsening asthma for children of color
Days of extreme heat driven by climate change are disproportionately harming Black and Hispanic children with asthma, according to experts.
Better Off: Home
What makes a healthy home? In 2022, that question feels more important than ever. What are the right foods to eat? The least-toxic shampoos and sunscreens? The best way to prevent loneliness while working from home? On Season…
Orientation 2022: Harvard Chan School welcomes new students
The first fully in-person Orientation week at Harvard Chan School since the start of the pandemic kicked off on August 22.
Poll: High U.S. inflation rates are having a more serious impact on Black Americans than white Americans
A new NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll shows that as households across the U.S. are widely report experiencing serious problems from inflation, Black Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans are substantially more likely…
Racism, sexism, social class, and health—30 years ago and today
Nancy Krieger reflects on the still-relevant themes of a paper for which she was first author three decades ago about racism, sexism, social class, and health.
Could breastfeeding explain disparities in sudden infant deaths?
Melissa Bartick, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an MPH student at Harvard Chan School, studied whether not breastfeeding could be one possible explanation for demographic disparities in sudden unexpected infant deaths.