Center for Health and Wellbeing

  • Viral evolution is a long game. In this piece by The New York Times, CHW affiliate Jessica Metcalf, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and public affairs, joins other scientists in predicting how SARS-CoV-2 could change over time in terms of transmission, virulence, and its ability to evade our immune system.
  • A new study led by CHW affiliate Arun Hendi estimates that immigration adds 1.4 to 1.5 years to U.S. life expectancy at birth. One takeaway: If immigrants to the United States formed their own country, their pre-Covid-19 life expectancies would exceed or match those of the world’s leaders in longevity — Swiss men and Japanese women.
  • Persistent gaps in life expectancy between Black and white Americans have been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, this gap has narrowed by nearly 50% in three decades, largely due to improvements among Black Americans, according to a newly published study by CHW Co-Director Janet Currie and others.
  • Princeton Magazine looks beyond "Deaths of Despair" in this poignant profile of CHW affiliates Anne Case and Angus Deaton. They are described as a "warm, engaging, and entertaining couple — committed to making an impact on one of the most troubling problems plaguing our country, as they wield significant weight in the corridors of power."
  • Both a scholar and practitioner, Professor Heather Howard joined Princeton with a unique background blending politics, policy, law and public health. In this Spotlight, she shares milestones and mentors, challenges and opportunities, and her underlying – and unrelenting – commitment to advancing health equity throughout the U.S. and the world.
  • The High Meadows Environmental Institute has awarded nearly $600,000 from the Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Biodiversity Research Challenge Fund. Among six recipients, Jessica Metcalf will lead a project evaluating the impact of domestic-animal pathogens on the native wildlife of Madagascar and potential consequences for human health.

Welcome to CHW

The Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW) fosters research and teaching on the multiple aspects of health and wellbeing in both developed and developing countries. 

The center’s goals are to understand the determinants of health and wellbeing and the role that public policy plays in shaping the quality of people’s lives, and to educate undergraduates and graduate students who aspire to careers in health and health policy.

Since its inception in 2000, CHW has convened an active interdisciplinary community of researchers who work on health, wellbeing and health policy. 

It has also developed high-quality teaching programs in health and health policy at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Read more

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