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”

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 … Continue reading “Narrowing in on disparities in life expectancy across the U.S. with help of census-tract level data”

Mothers in India who experienced neonatal death of child found to be at increased risk of additional neonatal deaths

Harvard Pop Center faculty member S (Subu) V Subramanian, PhD, and visiting scientist Rockli Kim, ScD, are among the authors of a study published in the JAMA Open Network that … Continue reading “Mothers in India who experienced neonatal death of child found to be at increased risk of additional neonatal deaths”

Using a machine learning approach to shed light on relationship between SES and women’s height

Even though height is commonly correlated with socioeconomic status (SES), SES is not known as a reliable predictor of height. In this study, Harvard Pop Center Bell Fellow Adel Daoud, … Continue reading “Using a machine learning approach to shed light on relationship between SES and women’s height”

For policy change in India, it really may take a village

Researchers at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (HCPDS) have been awarded a 2.2 million dollar grant by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Harvard T.H. Chan School … Continue reading “For policy change in India, it really may take a village”

Nutrition-specific interventions may not be best way to prevent stunting in India

Child anthropometric failures — such as stunting, underweight, and wasting — were found to be more closely linked with past and current socioeconomic conditions, such as mother’s stature, BMI and … Continue reading “Nutrition-specific interventions may not be best way to prevent stunting in India”

Fact checking nutrition, health and development indicators in the Parliamentary Constituencies of India

There are 543 Parliamentary Constituencies (PCs) in India, and these political units are key to improving human capital and development. Expanding on their own recent research, Harvard Pop Center faculty … Continue reading “Fact checking nutrition, health and development indicators in the Parliamentary Constituencies of India”

New methods to more accurately pinpoint areas experiencing greatest burden of child malnutrition in India

Rockli Kim, ScD, and S V Subramanian, PhD, are among the authors of a study published in Social Science & Medicine that furthers recent insights on the value of focusing on … Continue reading “New methods to more accurately pinpoint areas experiencing greatest burden of child malnutrition in India”