Julia Raifman
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Julia R. Raifman, ScD, SM

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health

Biography

Julia Raifman, ScD, SM conducts research on how health and social polices shape population health and health disparities.

She created and leads the COVID-19 U.S. State Policy Database (CUSP), tracking more than 200 state policies to prevent COVID-19 and reduce economic hardship during the pandemic. Her research on unemployment insurance and food insufficiency helped inform the American Rescue Plan and she is a collaborator on a study indicating that lifting state eviction freezes was associated with increased COVID-19 cases and deaths, a finding that helped uphold a federal eviction moratorium until the fall of 2021. She has also documented how structural racism shaped disparities in susceptibility to severe illness due to COVID-19.

She has communicated about policy evidence and health disparities in the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, the Atlantic, BBC news, Axios, USA Today, StatNews, The Guardian, and The Conversation. She has written extensively about reducing disparities in access to vaccines, rapid tests, and high-quality masks and about data-driven mask policies as a potential long-term strategy to reduce the pandemic's disruptions to lives, health, and the economy.

Her research prior to the COVID-19 pandemic was focused on mental health and on HIV. In the area of mental health, she has conducted several studies of the association between LGBT rights and mental distress and between firearms policies and suicide. Her work on HIV is focused on how structural stigma and structural racism shape disparities in the burden of HIV, including implementation of pre-exposure prophylaxis. Dr. Raifman's research on mental health and HIV has been covered in the New York Times, The Guardian, National Public Radio, PBS Newshour, the Washington Post, and The Advocate.

Dr. Raifman leads the Health Inequities Strategic Research area at the Boston University School of Public Health and the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Committee in the Health Law, Policy, & Management Department. She is committed to supporting structural changes to improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in academia.

Dr. Raifman teaches Quantitative Methods for Health Services and Policy Research. She enjoys mentoring and is committed to promoting the success of diverse students.

Dr. Raifman received her doctoral and masters degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins prior to joining Boston University.

Education

  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScD Field of Study: Global Health and Populations
  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScD Field of Study: Global Health and Populations
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MSc Field of Study: Global Health and Populations/Economics
  • Tufts University, BA Field of Study: Biopsychology

Classes Taught

  • SPHPH843

Publications

  • Published on 5/1/2024

    Beccia AL, Zubizarreta D, Austin SB, Raifman JR, Chavarro JE, Charlton BM. Trajectories of Mental Distress Among US Women by Sexual Orientation and Racialized Group During the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Am J Public Health. 2024 May; 114(5):511-522. PMID: 38598758.

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  • Published on 2/23/2024

    Bayly H, Stoddard M, Van Egeren D, Murray EJ, Raifman J, Chakravarty A, White LF. Looking under the lamp-post: quantifying the performance of contact tracing in the United States during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. BMC Public Health. 2024 Feb 23; 24(1):595. PMID: 38395830.

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  • Published on 11/1/2023

    Raifman J, Cheng DM, Skinner A, Hatzenbuehler ML, Mayer KH, Stein MD. State same-sex marriage policies and pre-exposure prophylaxis implementation among men who have sex with men in the United States. J Int AIDS Soc. 2023 Nov; 26(11):e26180. PMID: 37997001.

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  • Published on 9/14/2023

    Shafer PR, Lim K, Goutos D, Huberfeld N, Benitez JA, Hsu KS, Raifman JR. Making pandemic era Medicaid continuous coverage automatic in future crises. Health Serv Res. 2023 Dec; 58(6):1157-1160. PMID: 37706551.

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  • Published on 8/18/2023

    Patel TA, Jain B, Raifman J. Revamping Public Health Systems: Lessons Learned From the Tripledemic. Am J Prev Med. 2024 Jan; 66(1):185-188. PMID: 37598983.

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  • Published on 7/21/2023

    Dawit R, Predmore Z, Raifman J, Chan PA, Skinner A, Napoleon S, Zanowick-Marr A, Le Brazidec D, Almonte A, Dean LT. Identifying HIV PrEP Attributes to Increase PrEP Use Among Different Groups of Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Latent Class Analysis of a Discrete Choice Experiment. AIDS Behav. 2024 Jan; 28(1):125-134. PMID: 37474623.

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  • Published on 6/6/2023

    Bayly H, Stoddard M, Egeren DV, Murray EJ, Raifman J, Chakravarty A, White LF. Looking under the lamp-post: quantifying the performance of contact tracing in the United States during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Res Sq. 2023 Jun 06. PMID: 37333276.

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  • Published on 5/29/2023

    Bor J, Stokes AC, Raifman J, Venkataramani A, Bassett MT, Himmelstein D, Woolhandler S. Missing Americans: Early death in the United States-1933-2021. PNAS Nexus. 2023 Jun; 2(6):pgad173. PMID: 37303714.

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  • Published on 4/20/2023

    Ibanhes FH, Fenn N, Le Brazidec D, Napoleon S, Predmore Z, Skinner A, Zanowick-Marr A, Galipeau D, Raifman J, Dean LT, Chan PA. Sexually Transmitted Infections Risk and Interstate Sexual Networks Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in New England. Sex Transm Dis. 2023 Aug 01; 50(8):494-498. PMID: 37099419.

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  • Published on 2/2/2023

    Nelson KM, Skinner A, Stout CD, Raderman W, Unger E, Raifman J, Agénor M, Ybarra ML, Dunsiger SI, Bryn Austin S, Underhill K. Minor Consent Laws for Sexually Transmitted Infection and Human Immunodeficiency Virus Services in the United States: A Comprehensive, Longitudinal Survey of US State Laws. Am J Public Health. 2023 Apr; 113(4):397-407. PMID: 36730879.

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