Drivers of Health is a one-year research and education project aimed at improving our understanding of the social determinants of health. It is run by the Harvard Global Health Institute, a research driven, university-wide entity that facilitates multidisciplinary, collaborative approaches to tackling global health challenges, and made possible with generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the United States’ largest philanthropic organization devoted to health.Learn more
Principal Investigator Austin Frakt, PhD, is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also Director of the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center at the Boston VA Healthcare System, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and an Associate Professor with the Department of Health, Law, Policy & Management at the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Frakt has substantial experience in studying the quality and costs of care across different populations using both administrative and community-level data. In addition, he routinely writes for the JAMA Forum and is a regular contributor to The New York Times.
Duncan Orlander, BA, is a project coordinator at the Harvard Global Health Institute. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Global Health. Duncan spent his first year out of college working on a small farm in Concord, Massachusetts exploring his interest in the intersection food systems, environmentalism, and public health.
Kate Raphael, BA, is a research assistant at the Harvard Global Health Institute. She graduated from Yale University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology where her studies focused on access to health care among historically underserved populations, particularly in the context of the opioid epidemic in Southern Indiana.