Color-coded life expectancy: People in blue states are living longer than people in red

Map of the United State with Red and Blue States

Our former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar Jennifer Karas Montez, along with our associate director Jason Beckfield, and their colleagues have published a study in The Milbank Quarterly that looks at how changes in state policies since the 1970s have impacted life expectancy in the United States. Read about the study in this release… … on Medical News Today …  on … on … on…

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

Throwback Thursday news post

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 Health that found that while European government spending on social investment policies was linked to lower levels of mortality related to cardiovascular disease across the genders, there was variation between the genders depending on the nature of the specific policies.

How is COVID-19 impacting Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S.? This team is going to find out…

AAPI COVID-19 Project title and description

The research project AAPI COVID-19 Project launched by the Harvard Sociology Department in partnership with UNESCO will investigate the increase in racism aimed at Asians in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. Harvard Pop Center Associate Director Jason Beckfield is serving as co-principal investigator on the team. Learn more in this piece in The Harvard Gazette.

Jason Beckfield: “Rising inequality is not balanced by intergenerational mobility”

Head shot of Jason Beckfield

Jason Beckfield, our associate director and Harvard sociologist, COMMENTS on a study that documents intergenerational social mobility over the past 165 years, applauding the study’s strengths (e.g., differentiating between relative and absolute mobility; large amount of data) and outlining some of its limits (e.g., ethnicity and gender are weak spots in population composition; lack of explanation).

Jason Beckfield’s book launch celebration

Join Lisa Berkman, Nancy Krieger (series editor) and author Jason Beckfield as we celebrate his new book Political Sociology and the People’s Health. Jason will be on hand to sign copies, which will be available at a discount, and refreshments will be served.

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

Head shot of Jason Beckfield

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.

Age at Menarche: 50-Year Socioeconomic Trends Among US-Born Black and White Women.

Pop Center faculty members Nancy Krieger and Jason Beckfield have published a study analyzing 50 years of data on the age at which US-born Black and White women begin menstruation. Their works shows that trends in age at menarche vary by socioeconomic position (SEP and race/ethnicity) in ways that pose challenges to several leading clinical, public health, and social explanations for timing of menarche.

As population health improves, what happens to health inequalities?

Given that health is improving at a greater rate among the better off than among those of lower socioeconomic status, will health inequities become greater over time? Pop Center faculty members Nancy Krieger and Jason Beckfield were part of a team that  looked at 50 years of data on socioeconomic health inequities in the US. The study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, found that health inequities need not rise as population health improves.