1-2-3: Counting the missteps of the U.S. Federal Government’s handling of COVID-19

A new Harvard Pop Center Working Paper assesses the impact of the U.S. Federal Government’s “missteps” regarding the entry, spread and inequities associated with COVID-19. Authors include: William P. Hanage, Christian Testa, Jarvis T. Chen, L. Davis, Elise Pechter, Mauricio  Santillana, and Nancy Krieger. Photo credit: Nancy Krieger

The New Yorker magazine features social epidemiologist’s perspective on health inequalities exposed by COVID-19 pandemic

Nancy Krieger shares her perspective as a social epidemiologist in this Q&A in The New Yorker on everything from the difference between inequities in health status vs. inequalities in health care (and what happens when they collide) to the eco-social theory of disease distribution, to the history of social epidemiology, dating back to 1848.

Factoring in structural inequalities in fight against COVID-19

Harvard Pop Center faculty member Nancy Krieger is an author of a pre-print article that examines the U.S. county by county to identify those most vulnerable to the risks of COVID-19 and in greatest need of interventions aimed at minimizing the epidemic’s toll on people’s health and its burden on the healthcare infrastructure.

Lisa Berkman addresses Harvard community in Seattle about widening inequalities and shifting workplace demographics

Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman joined Harvard University President Larry Bacow in Seattle and addressed nearly 300 alumni and students. Based on her work as a social epidemiologist, Berkman noted “life expectancy in the United States is intricately entwined with the kinds of inequality that we live with.” Learn more in The Harvard Gazette.

Postdoc pens op-ed in The New York Times: “The Myth of the Two-Parent Home”

Postdoctoral Fellow Christina Cross, PhD, shares findings in this op-ed in The New York Times  from a recent study that demonstrate that access to socioeconomic resources influences the educational success of black youth more than their family structure (e.g., whether they were raised in a single-parent or two-parent household). The findings could shape improved public … Continue reading “Postdoc pens op-ed in The New York Times: “The Myth of the Two-Parent Home””

Can socializing “up” bring you down?

A study co-authored by Harvard Pop Center faculty member Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, found that in Korea those who socialized with individuals of higher status were more likely to suffer from depressive symptoms. This pattern appeared to be stronger in men, and was more pronounced for those who perceive that society is unfair.

Following ban of Donald Sterling from the NBA, Harvard sociologist David Williams comments on racial inequalities in The Montreal Gazette

The ban of Donald Sterling from the NBA for racist comments has generated increased conversation about the presence and impact of racism in the U.S.  The Harvard Pop Center’s affiliated faculty member sociologist David Williams is one of several experts who share their insights in this feature in The Montreal Gazette.