Research Scientist Elyse Jennings named Director of Research at Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

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It is with great pleasure that we announce that our Research Scientist Elyse Jennings, PhD, has agreed to take on a senior leadership role here at the Harvard Pop Center and serve as our director of research. Elyse joined us in 2016 as a research associate and was promoted to research scientist over two years ago. In her new role as director of research, she will leverage her training and…

Gender norms in rural north India may play role in slow adoption of cleaner, government-endorsed fuel sources for cooking

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Harvard Bell Fellow Aashish Gupta, PhD, and colleagues have published a study in World Development that indicates that despite the government promoting the uptake of cleaner fuel (liquid petroleum gas) for cooking in rural north India, the majority of households are still using solid fuel, which poses health risks due to air pollution.

Novel audit study finds that employers did not discriminate against job applicants that support unions

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New Harvard Bell Postdoctoral Fellow A. Nicole Kreisberg, PhD, and her colleague Nathan Wilmers, PhD, published a study in which they submitted hundreds of resumes (some indicating union support) in response to actual job postings, and evaluated employer callback rates.

Two working papers document COVID-19 stats in light of county-level political lean and regional inequities

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Two recently posted Harvard Pop Center working papers by Nancy Krieger, PhD, and her colleagues document COVID-19 cases and deaths from July 1 – September 15, 2021, spotlighting greater risk in Republican-leaning counties (particularly when coupled with higher poverty levels), and in those regions of the country with greater inequities.

Work and Well-Being Initiative researchers publish op-ed in Harvard Business Review

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Erin L. Kelly, Lisa F. Berkman, Laura D. Kubzansky, and Meg Lovejoy have published an op-ed in the Harvard Business Review that distills the findings of a research review and the resulting “work design for health” framework and employer toolkit (made available to the public on the website) down to “7 Strategies to Improve Your Employees’ Health and Well-Being.”

Medicaid home care services found to benefit more than just the patient

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Caring for family members with physical and cognitive health issues has been associated with increased health risks for the caregivers. This longitudinal study published in JAMA Health Forum reveals that the self-rated mental health of family caregivers improved markedly after Medicaid home care services were utilized by the family member in need of care. Authors of the study include doctoral student Emily S. Unger, BA, David C. Grabowski, PhD, Jarvis…

Introducing our three new Bell Fellows!

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We are so pleased to welcome— and introduce— the three new David E. Bell Fellows that comprise the 2021-2023 cohort. These fellows, who have academic backgrounds in disciplines ranging from epidemiology, to demography and sociology, will enrich our collaborative community here at the Harvard Pop Center, while they strive to advance population health science research. Brittney Butler holds a doctorate in epidemiology from The Ohio State University, and an MPH…

“Work Design for Health” framework & toolkit developed by researchers offers employers effective alternative to employee wellness programs

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Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, Research Program Director Meg Lovejoy, PhD, and their colleagues at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, have developed and released a public-facing website that features a toolkit that employers can use to invest in the health and happiness of their workforce. The launch of the site, which features the Work Design for Health approach…

Christina Cross wins prestigious award for paper that parses out racial/ethnic differences when looking at family structure & children’s education

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A paper by Harvard Pop Center post-doctoral fellow Christina Cross, PhD, was selected by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) as the winner of the 2020 Reuben Hill Award. Cross’s paper, which is being recognized for making a “substantial and significant contribution to family research and theory (with a requirement of theory development),” was selected by a committee that reviewed over 30 leading scholarly journals in the family field.…

Social epidemiologist Lisa Berkman named president-elect of the Population Association of America

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Lisa Berkman, PhD, director of Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, and the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy, Epidemiology, and Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has been named president-elect of the Population Association of America (PAA). Berkman will begin her term as president-elect of the non-profit, professional organization dedicated to supporting high-quality population research on January, 1, 2022, followed by one year…