Dec 7, 2021
Publications from Community Health and Environmental Policy
Bittersweet: How Prices of Sugar-Rich Foods Contribute to the Diet-Related Disease Epidemic in Mexico 2022
I provide new evidence on how price changes of nutritionally similar foods, such as those rich in sugar or fats, change obesity and diet-related diseases in the context of Mexico between 1996–2010.
Thinking Outside the Altruistic Box: Why We Need Other Evolutionary Theories to Explain Why Religion Is Religious 2022
This article reviews and critiques prior explanations for the evolution of religious beliefs and suggests new hypotheses that might be more productive for understanding why religion involves beliefs in the gods and the supernatural.
Identifying and Planning for Vulnerabilities in the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District’s Water Management Plans 2022
This interactive tool presents the results of a study that evaluated the performance of the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District water plans — specifically, the 2015 Regional Urban Water Management Plan — under a range of future conditions. Researchers assessed whether demand for water outstripped the sustainable use of supply sources, taking into consideration future uncertainty in climate, drought, imported water supply, and water demand.
Proceedings of the U.S.-Japan Socioeconomic Policy Research Exchange: The Rise of Telework Under COVID-19 and the Growth of Cryptocurrency 2022
These conference proceedings capture insights from U.S. and Japanese experts on the implications of recent growth in telework, work from home, cryptocurrency, and blockchain. The experts discuss the racial, gender, and socioeconomic implications of work from home in the United States; attitudes toward telework in Japan; and the potential of blockchain to address key U.S. issues with cryptocurrency and facilitate Japan's "digital transformation."
In this report, the authors present the final evaluation of the Pima County Housing First Initiative, which offers permanent supportive housing and case management for individuals who are involved with the criminal justice system and have experienced homelessness. Overall, the added costs of the initiative—including bridge housing and supportive housing services—were counterbalanced by reductions in costs to the criminal justice and health systems.
Adaptive Water Management in the Face of Uncertainty: Integrating Machine Learning, Groundwater Modeling and Robust Decision Making 2021
This study examines climate change and water resources management challenges facing water suppliers in drought-prone regions.
This seasonal climate summary draws from a variety of scientific resources for the benefit of policymakers, practitioners, residents, and community leaders in the Mid-Atlantic region, with a focus on the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This edition includes details on fall 2021 weather, regional climate trends, and the upcoming winter season. An interactive tool shows an analysis of future projected changes in temperature, compared to climate normals, across the Mid-Atlantic.
Health Disparities in the U.S. Gulf Coast: The Interplay of Environmental Disaster, Material Loss, and Residential Segregation 2021
We study the interrelationships between health, residential segregation, and disaster-related material losses (income loss, job loss, economic/property damages) due to the worst ever man-made disaster of its kind, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.