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Illustration of people wearing masks.
October 30, 2020
Introduction Reporting of health disparities and the unequal burden of COVID-19 began early in the epidemic in both the popular and scientific press. For example, National Public Radio and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported racial... Read more
Image of a complex highway overpass and system.
August 31, 2020
Introduction While a variety of study designs can be used to estimate the population health impacts of social interventions, randomized control trials (RCTs) are uniquely well-suited to assess causal relationships between an intervention and... Read more
Image of different people, many of whom appear in greyscale with a small selection of people in color.
July 24, 2020
Introduction Many social programs and policies may have larger benefits for some people but smaller benefits for other people or may even benefit one group, while harming another. Evidence from the Moving To Opportunity intervention showed that... Read more
Image of two train tracks crossing.
June 22, 2020
Introduction Population health problems are complex and “sticky,” often lacking an obvious or straightforward solution. If there is evidence that a policy, program, or practice works in one setting, community leaders may be inspired to try... Read more
Abstract image of viruses with DNA strand.
May 28, 2020
Introduction As policymakers across the country grapple with how to reopen local economies while still protecting the public’s health, many are looking to rapidly evolving evidence to mitigate risks. Policymakers need not be scientists to make... Read more