News and Announcements

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!”

Latest study on aging in South Africa presents some of the first incidence rates of aging-related cognitive impairment in this population

HAALSI researchers — including former Harvard Bell Fellow Lindsay Kobayashi, and Harvard Pop Center Research Associate Meagan Farrell, and Director Lisa Berkman — have published a study that finds similar patterning between social disparities (such as differences in formal education, literacy and marital status) and cognitive impairment rates in rural South Africa as observed in … Continue reading “Latest study on aging in South Africa presents some of the first incidence rates of aging-related cognitive impairment in this population”

Combatting mental distress by shoring up resilience during COVID-19 pandemic

A study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders by our recent Bell Fellow Leslie Adams, PhD, and her colleagues takes a longitudinal look (with baseline and nine waves of follow-up data from March through August, 2020) at the relationship between resilience and mental distress in 6,008 participants in the Understanding America Study. “Adults living … Continue reading “Combatting mental distress by shoring up resilience during COVID-19 pandemic”

Why is the proportion of deaths from COVID-19 in nursing homes far less in Japan than in U.S.?

Ichiro Kawachi, MBChB, PhD, and his colleague Kazuhiro Abe, MD, PhD have written an op-ed in JAMA Health Forum that suggests that differences in standards of care and financing may be partially responsible for what appears to be differing infection rates between nursing homes in Japan and the U.S.

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?”

Finally, a look at COVID-19 mortality rates by race/ethnicity AND EDUCATIONAL LEVEL

“Intersectional inequities in COVID-19 mortality by race/ethnicity and education in the United States, January 1, 2020–January 31, 2021,” is the latest Harvard Pop Center working paper by Jarvis Chen, Christian Testa, Pamela Waterman, and Nancy Krieger. On February 2, the US National Center for Health Statistics published data relating to COVID-19 deaths that had been … Continue reading “Finally, a look at COVID-19 mortality rates by race/ethnicity AND EDUCATIONAL LEVEL”