Featured: Graduate Student Affiliate Jen Cruz’s work on breast cancer inequities in rural settings

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health features the research of our Graduate Student Affiliate Jen Cruz in this news piece…She returns to her small, rural hometown in Washington state to parse out the the differences between rural environments, and how these differences play a role in breast cancer screenings.

ENOUGH: Nancy Krieger looks back (and forward) as country grapples with convergence of multiple crises

the word ENOUGH in Gray and White big letters

Harvard Pop Center faculty affiliate Nancy Krieger, PhD, has written an editorial published in the American Journal of Public Health that sheds light on the nature of the inequities exposed by COVID-19. Krieger also shares words of inspiration and encouragement—her own, as well as those of notable historical figures—that call for us to stay strong in the fight to bring about “health justice, democratic governance, and an equitable, sustainable future.”

Narrowing in on disparities in life expectancy across the U.S. with help of census-tract level data


A study published in PNAS is the first to look at life-expectancy data at the local, state, and county levels across the U.S. Findings reveal significant disparities at the micro level (census-tract) suggesting that analyzing life expectancy data at the typical state and county levels may not be local enough to get an accurate picture of life expectancy inequalities. “There is a need for greater precision and targeting of local…

Working paper shows people living in most disadvantaged U.S. counties have highest COVID-19 death rates

Working Paper on COVID-19 death rates by county

A Harvard Pop Center working paper by Jarvis Chen and Nancy Krieger provides critical public health monitoring data—missing until now—on the unequal economic and social burden of COVID-19 in the United States. The Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (HCPDS) Working Paper Series provides a flexible and timely outlet for affiliates to publish their work in progress to the scholarly community in an open-access form. 

Social scientist David Williams says COVID-19 is a call to action for a ‘Marshall Plan’ for disadvantaged communities

David Williams headshot

The Chicago Sun Times reports on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation teleconference with Professor David Williams, PhD, during which he explained how the coronavirus is bringing to light the health disparities that “reflect longstanding policies that have created pervasive social and economic inequalities in the United States.”

Dean Michelle Williams pens op-ed on social isolation as public health issue & cites Nations at Risk colloquium

In today’s Boston Globe, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dean and Pop Center faculty member Michelle Williams co-authors editorial on role that loneliness and social isolation play in “deaths of despair” as described by Professor Sir Angus Deaton at the recent Nations at Risk colloquium.

Nations at Risk colloquium explores ‘deaths of despair’ and ‘dreams of a fairer world’

Nobel-Prize winning economist Professor Sir Angus Deaton and University College London Professor Sir Michael Marmot delivered powerful presentations to a full room at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at the Harvard Medical School—as well as to a live online audience—on Friday, April 13, 2018.  The event, co-sponsored by the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and the PhD Program in Population Health Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School…

How do welfare state efforts and immigration incorporation policies impact minority health inequalities in Europe?

Harvard Pop Center Associate Director Jason Beckfield is an author on a paper published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior that finds that policies aimed at protecting minorities from discrimination across European countries correlate with smaller relative health inequalities.

Special population health colloquium with Professor Sir A. Deaton and Professor Sir M. Marmot to be streamed live

Renowned scholars Professor Sir Angus Deaton and Professor Sir Michael Marmot will be featured speakers at our upcoming special colloquium Nations at Risk: The Changing Distributions of Population Health on Friday, April 13, 2018, from 2–5 p.m. Although seating will be limited, the event will be streamed live.

Focusing on BMI: A novel study to better understand variations in individual health within a given population

Harvard Pop Center research fellow Rockli Kim, ScD, is lead author on a study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology that aims to help reduce health disparities by comprehensively examining individual heterogeneity in women’s BMI using data  from 57 low- and middle-income countries.