BBC speaks with Jennifer Karas Montez about puzzling rise in mortality for white, middle-aged U.S. women

The BBC speaks with four experts, including Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar program alumna Jennifer Karas Montez, PhD, about the rising death rates of white American middle-aged women in this article, including a short video that uses sound to tell the story of this subset of the population.

Increase in HIV stigma linked to decreased use of skilled childbirth facilities in Uganda

Alexander Tsai, PhD, MD, a former RWJF Health & Society Scholar at Harvard, and currently a member of the Harvard Pop Center faculty, is co-author on a study published in Aids and Behavior that suggests that reducing the stigma of HIV could help to reduce maternal mortality and prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Focused deterrence intervention aimed at reducing gun violence linked to results in New Haven

A study by Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholars program alum Andrew Papachristos, PhD, and colleagues published in Crime & Delinquency finds that Project Longevity, piloted in New Haven, CT started in 2012, is linked to a reduction of almost 5 GMI (group member incidents) – shootings and homicides – per month.

Novel study on impact of minimum wages on early-life health in LMICs

Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholars program alum Arijit Nandi, PhD, is an author on a paper in Social Science & Medicine that is the first to assess the impact of legislated minimum wages on the early-life health of children in low- and middle-income countries.

Wildfire smoke consistently linked to respiratory health effects, growing evidence of link to mortality

Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar Colleen Reid, PhD, is lead author on a study in Environmental Health Perspectives that reviews a range of scientific studies on health effects from exposure to wildfire smoke, and seeks to identify particularly susceptible populations.  

Impact of long-term unfair treatment on cardiovascular health in women found to vary by race

Rebecca C. Thurston, PhD, an alumna of the Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholars program, is an author on a study published in Health Psychology that has found that Caucasian women who were exposed to cumulative (over a 10-year period) unfair treatment had worse cardiovascular health. The same exposures were not found to impact the CV health of women of the other races in the study.

Causal frames and contextualized values may effectively produce support for new obesity policies

Former RWJF Health & Society Scholar Selena Ortiz has published a paper in Social Science and Medicine titled “Increasing public support for food-industry related, obesity prevention policies: The role of a taste-engineering frame and contextualized values.” The Taste-Engineering Frame (TEF) highlights the techniques used by the food industry to increase the availability and over-consumption of processed foods and sugary beverages. Ortiz’s work shows that when people are exposed to the TEF, i.e. made aware of…