HGHI Global Health Symposium 2023

HGHI’s Inaugural Global Health Symposium: April 12th, 2023

The Harvard Global Health Institute is thrilled to announce that registration is now open for virtual attendance to our Inaugural Global Health Symposium! While in person capacity is limited, we invite our longstanding global and Harvard-based community to join us virtually on April 12th, 2023 from 9:00am to 4:00pm ET for a series of conversations centered around the theme “Global Health Equity through Community Engagement.”


Drivers of Health Archive

SDOH Roundup: Racism as a Driver of Health

By Kate Raphael We’ve talked about racism as a driver of health in previous posts; indeed, the toll of racism on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) bodies has gained increasing national attention in recent weeks, especially in light of the coronavirus, which exacts disproportionate economic and health tolls on racial minorities and immigrants, and police Continue reading [...]

The Economic Costs of COVID-19

By Kate Raphael The measures taken in the United States in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus have dire economic consequences, the worst the country has seen since the Great Depression. Unemployment has skyrocketed, and many Americans find themselves unable to provide for their basic needs. However, this hardship has affected the U.S. Continue reading [...]

Social determinants, racism, and COVID-19

By Austin Frakt At an April 11 press conference, Surgeon General Jerome Adams acknowledged that people of color are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. For example, African Americans comprise 25% of the population of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin but nearly half of confirmed cases and three-quarters of the deaths. Latinos represent one-third of the population of New York Continue reading [...]

Integrating Social Services & Health

Co-authored by Austin Frakt and Kate Raphael The most recent issue of Health Affairs focuses on “Integrating Social Services & Health,” and many of the articles highlight the ways in which social policy is linked to health outcomes. Here are a few that stood out to us. Linking Health And Social Services Through Area Agencies On Aging Continue reading [...]

Drivers of Health and the Coronavirus

This post, by Austin Frakt, originally appeared on The Incidental Economist on April 2, 2020. I don’t have time for a fully formed post or column on this, but I want to make note of a few ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic is intersecting with drivers of health (which include social determinants and health system factors). Continue reading [...]

“Social Policy is Health Policy”: A Review of the Evidence

By Kate Raphael We understand that social policies have great potential to affect health, but studies that aim to document the associations between policy interventions and health outcomes are often methodologically weak. Association studies are unable to identify the directionality of causal pathways (e.g., do chronically ill people make less money because they are able to Continue reading [...]

Social Determinants of Health in the News

By Kate Raphael We’ve done several roundups of SDOH in the news. Here’s another collection of excerpts from six stories that caught our eye. 1. Permanent Supportive Housing for Homeless People—Reframing the Debate, The New England Journal of Medicine, December 2016. Although some advocates may see [Housing First’s lack of net cost savings] as disappointing, we believe [the Continue reading [...]

Social Determinants of Health Research in Health Affairs

By Kate Raphael The February issue of Health Affairs featured many SDOH-related papers. Below we highlighted several of these that present evidence on the effectiveness of policies aimed at addressing health-related social needs and/or structural-level drivers of health. Read on for excerpts, and follow the links for the full read. Quantifying Health Systems’ Investment In Continue reading [...]

Social Determinants of Health in the News

By Kate Raphael Social determinants of health and health-related social needs are frequently featured in both popular news sources and academic publications. These excerpts from six recent stories caught our eye. 1. Flint’s Children Suffer in Class After Years of Drinking the Lead-Poisoned Water, New York Times, November 6, 2019. The percentage of the city’s students Continue reading [...]