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Learning lessons from Berkeley, CA: Analyzing roll out of nation’s first sugary beverage tax

Harvard Pop Center’s Bell Fellow Anna Grummon, PhD, is an author on this study published in the American Journal of Public Health that analyzes what factors helped to facilitate (and … Continue reading “Learning lessons from Berkeley, CA: Analyzing roll out of nation’s first sugary beverage tax”

Throwback Thursday: Taking another look at social investment policies and gender health equity (2019 study)

Our Associate Director Jason Beckfield, along with then Harvard Pop Center Graduate Student Affiliate Katherine Morris and their colleague Clare Bambra, published a study in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community … Continue reading “Throwback Thursday: Taking another look at social investment policies and gender health equity (2019 study)”

SSM Population Health wins a Prose Award for best new journal in social sciences

Congratulations to Harvard Pop Center faculty members and journal co-editors Ichiro Kawachi and S V Subramanian on being recognized by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) with this 2020 Prose … Continue reading “SSM Population Health wins a Prose Award for best new journal in social sciences”

A hopeful discovery about later-life cognitive function in those exposed to early-life adversity in rural South Africa

The HAALSI team of researchers is one of the first to look at the impacts of early-life adversity (such as parental unemployment, discord and substance abuse, and physical abuse) on … Continue reading “A hopeful discovery about later-life cognitive function in those exposed to early-life adversity in rural South Africa”

The numbers are in; Eating disorders cost US $65 billion annually, affect 10% of population, and take a life every 52 minutes

Faculty affiliate S. Bryn Austin and colleagues have penned an op-ed in The Hill calling for government agencies and policymakers to ramp up data collection and research funding in order … Continue reading “The numbers are in; Eating disorders cost US $65 billion annually, affect 10% of population, and take a life every 52 minutes”

Gita Sen speaks out about impact of COVID-19 on global community of women, adolescents and children

Professor of global health and population Gita Sen, PhD, has collaborated on a Commentary published in The Lancet that warns about how the coronavirus pandemic is stressing the The Global … Continue reading “Gita Sen speaks out about impact of COVID-19 on global community of women, adolescents and children”

A closer look at discrimination and systemic inflammation, a key biomarker for stress-related illnesses

Harvard Pop Center postdoctoral fellow Justin Rogers, and faculty member David R. Williams are among the authors of a critical review and synthesis published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity that … Continue reading “A closer look at discrimination and systemic inflammation, a key biomarker for stress-related illnesses”

How accurately have prediction models forecast cases and deaths during previous epidemics?

A review published in the European Journal of Epidemiology finds that during the Ebola epidemic, for example, when there was in increase in forecasting studies, the number of cases and … Continue reading “How accurately have prediction models forecast cases and deaths during previous epidemics?”

First look at impacts of expanding antipoverty social policy benefits (Paycheck Plus) to working people without children in New York City

Recent Bell Fellow Emilie Courtin, PhD, and her colleagues have published a research article in the journal Health Affairs. They found that expanding the earned income tax credit to people … Continue reading “First look at impacts of expanding antipoverty social policy benefits (Paycheck Plus) to working people without children in New York City”

Weighing the value of crowdsourced versus official COVID-19 data in India

A piece on natureindia.com written by researchers affiliated with the Harvard Pop Center — Weixing Zhang, Rockli Kim and S.V. Subramanian— highlights the importance of timely data on COVID-19 infection … Continue reading “Weighing the value of crowdsourced versus official COVID-19 data in India”