The dangers of ignoring the other epidemic during the COVID-19 pandemic

Jason Block contributes his public health expertise to this op-ed in The Washington Post on the acute (and chronic) risks of ignoring the obesity issue in the U.S. “The reason obesity is so stigmatized is that people think of weight as a choice . . . It’s especially unfair when we have a society that … Continue reading “The dangers of ignoring the other epidemic during the COVID-19 pandemic”

Older adults in rural South Africa who care for their grandchildren may also be safeguarding their cognitive function

Three researchers (Harvard Pop Center Research Scientist Elyse Jennings, Research Associate Director Meagan Farrell, and former Bell Fellow Lindsay Kobayashi) affiliated with one of the flagship projects at the Harvard Pop Center — Health and Aging in Africa: A Longitudinal Study of an INDEPTH Community in South Africa (HAALSI) — have published their findings in … Continue reading “Older adults in rural South Africa who care for their grandchildren may also be safeguarding their cognitive function”

Announcing our next cohort of Bell Fellows!

We are pleased to announce that after an extensive and competitive recruitment process, three exceptional scholars will be joining the Harvard Pop Center community as Bell Fellows this coming fall (2021–2023). Brittney Butler’s research investigates anti-Black structural racism as a risk factor for Pregnancy Induced Hypertensive Disorders (PIHDs) among Black women. During her fellowship, she … Continue reading “Announcing our next cohort of Bell Fellows!”

What is driving the decline in life expectancy in the U.S., and what can be done about it?

An op-ed on health policy published in JAMA explains why the healthcare sector can only skim the surface when it comes to addressing the deep structural drivers in declining life expectancy.  The authors —Atheendar S. Venkataramani, MD, PhD, former Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar Rourke O’Brien, PhD, and Harvard Pop Center faculty member Alexander C. … Continue reading “What is driving the decline in life expectancy in the U.S., and what can be done about it?”

Geographic Insights Lab presents LIVE COVID-19 vaccine rollout dashboard for India by state

The Geographic Insights Lab is an initiative committed to improving public policies by honing in on targeted geopolitical units (such as congressional districts in the U.S. and parliamentary constituencies in India) in order to mine more precise population health and development data. This Lab, led by S V Subramanian, professor of population health and geography … Continue reading “Geographic Insights Lab presents LIVE COVID-19 vaccine rollout dashboard for India by state”

Analyzing electronic health records can be a fast and accurate way to predict risk of death from COVID-19

Hossein Estiri, PhD, is lead author on a study that utilized artificial intelligence to leverage the data compiled in electronic health records to compute individual-level risk scores for death after a COVID-19 infection. Among those predictors at the top of the list for those between the ages of 45-65 were age, history of pneumonia, diabetes … Continue reading “Analyzing electronic health records can be a fast and accurate way to predict risk of death from COVID-19”