Cardiovascular disease at play in growing rural-urban divide in life expectancy among U.S. counties

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While life expectancy (LE) in the U.S was was on the rise in the first decade of the 2000s (more so in urban counties than in rural), the last decade showed a drop in LE in rural counties and only modest gains in urban areas. Our Sloan Fellow on Aging and Work Leah Abrams, PhD, is the lead author on a study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology that takes…

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

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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

COVID-19 statistics by Congressional districts across the United States

Map of Congressional Districts in U.S.

Professor of population health and geography S (Subu) V Subramanian, PhD, and his colleague Priyanka N deSouza have published a paper that presents the first estimates of COVID-19 cumulative cases, deaths and case fatality rates across the 436 policy-relevant Congressional districts in the U.S. Image: Wikimediacommons

Studies find evidence of systemic racial discrimination across multiple domains in the United States

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Harvard Pop Center faculty member Sara Bleich and her colleagues have published two studies examining experiences of racial discrimination in the United States. One study found substantial black-white disparities in experiences of discrimination in the U.S. spanning multiple domains including health care, employment, and law enforcement, while a separate study found similar discrimination among Latinos in the United States. Given the connection between racial discrimination and poor health outcomes in…

New study finds white men and women have significantly lower rates of suicide in states with higher levels of social capital

A new study co-authored by affiliated faculty member Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, investigates whether state levels of social capital are associated with rates of completed suicides in the fifty U.S. states.

HSPH & Pop Center faculty co-author paper on income inequality and sexually transmitted infections in the US

HSPH and Pop Center faculty members SV Subramanian, Till Bärnighausen, and Ichiro Kawachi  have co-authored a recently published paper on a novel framework for evaluating the relationship between income inequality and sexually transmitted infections in the United States.