Center member Lindsay Kobayashi uses a range of health sciences as well as the social sciences to study cognitive aging in South Africa, developing evidence to inform policies that provide economic improvement to rural households.
Biomedical wonders alone cannot end pandemics. Social aspects of health drive pandemics and must be addressed in preventing and ending future crises. Proximity to others and caring for them deeply, says Joia Mukherjee, should always be our first step.
The pandemic is providing opportunities to understand more fully the phenomenon of vaccine hesitancy and its relationship, in multiple contexts, to the social determinants of health that lead individuals toward or away from access and vaccine acceptance.
Dr. Amy Pienta’s global work focuses on the demography of aging and retirement and health in later life, including a large research project that focuses on building data infrastructure to study populations of people living with HIV throughout the world.
Understanding local resources, needs, and ways of life is a critical first step in developing global health research initiatives. How does ethnography offer unique insights into local contexts? And how can we better incorporate the voices and expertise of global partners in framing research questions?