Julia Raifman, ScD, MSc
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Health Law, Policy & Management

ScD, Harvard School of Public Health
MSc, Harvard School of Public Health
BA, Tufts University

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

I lead the BUSPH Health Inequities Strategic Research Direction and the HLPM Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Committee. I am the Faculty Lead for the Center for Antiracist Research Racial Policy Tracker. I am also proud to collaborate with several local community organizations.

Examining the Impact of Pandemic Eviction Prevention Policies on Racial Inequalities in Mortality
09/21/2022 - 06/30/2026 (Subcontract PI)
Yale University NIH NINR

Minor Consent Laws and HIV Prevention Among Adolescents in the United States
12/25/2019 - 10/31/2024 (Key Person)
PI: Kimberly M. Nelson, PhD, MPH
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

A Structural Approach to improving HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Implementation Among High Risk Men
07/11/2018 - 06/30/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Expanding and making more accessible the prevention and social safety-net policies tracked in the COVID-19 US State Policy Database
08/15/2020 - 10/31/2022 (Multi-PI)
PI: Julia Raifman, ScD, MSc
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Predicting the Impact of cost on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis uptake and racial/ethnic disparities among men who have sex with men
12/05/2018 - 11/30/2021 (Subcontract PI)
The Miriam Hospital NIH NIMH

CFAR Developmental: A Novel Approach to Evaluating HIV PrEP Implementation among People who Inject Drugs and MSM in Massachusetts using an All Payer Claims Database
03/20/2019 - 09/19/2020 (Subcontract PI)
The Miriam Hospital NIH NIAID

Evaluating HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Implementation Using an All Payers Claims Database
09/01/2017 - 03/31/2020 (Subcontract PI)
The Miriam Hospital NIH NIMH


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  1. 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; PMCID: PMC11008304; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2024.307601;
  2. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38395830; PMCID: PMC10893709; DOI: 10.1186/s12889-024-18012-z;
  3. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37997001; PMCID: PMC10667585; DOI: 10.1002/jia2.26180;
  4. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37706551; PMCID: PMC10622290; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.14225;
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37333276; PMCID: PMC10274953; DOI: 10.21203/rs.3.rs-2953875/v1;
  8. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37303714; PMCID: PMC10257439; DOI: 10.1093/pnasnexus/pgad173;
  9. 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; PMCID: PMC10523949; DOI: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000001823;
  10. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36730879; PMCID: PMC10003504; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2022.307199;
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Nantucket, Middlesex top list of healthiest counties in Massachusetts, new survey shows

The Boston Globe 3/29/2023

New CDC Data Highlights the Importance of Passing the Healthy Youth Act in Massachusetts

BU Today 3/27/2023

For Older Americans, the Pandemic Is Not Over

The New York Times 2/11/2023

Deaths of Black, Hispanic and young Massachusetts residents rose in 2021

WGBH 1/24/2023

Latest numbers show jump in COVID-19 deaths as expected winter surge arrives

Boston Globe 1/6/2023

The post-holiday COVID surge is here

WGBH 1/4/2023

Masks May Be Necessary Again. Here’s Why.

BuzzFeed 12/16/2022

Let’s Take Up the Railroad Workers’ Fight for Paid Sick Leave. We All Need It.

Truthout 12/5/2022

‘Even worse today’: COVID-19 wastewater levels increasing as state sees jump in percent positivity

Boston.com 12/2/2022

The Hill’s Morning Report — All eyes on Georgia, Nevada and Arizona

The Hill 11/11/2022

Masks Cut Covid Spread in Schools, Study Finds

The New York Times 11/10/2022

Study finds lifting mask mandates led to thousands of new COVID cases in Mass. schools

GBH 11/9/2022

The New Covid Boosters Are Incredible, and Everyone Should Get One

The New York Times 11/3/2022

Food insufficiency increased in US households by 25% after expiration of Child Tax Credit payments

News Medical 10/21/2022

‘A hostile act’: CDC eases masking rules for hospitals and nursing homes, but they won’t apply to Mass. yet

The Boston Globe 9/27/2022

Is the COVID pandemic really 'over' like Biden says? Experts say no

ABC News 9/19/2022

On The Money — Long COVID hits the labor market

The Hill 9/6/2022

White House pause on free at-home covid tests brings access challenges

The Washington Post 8/31/2022

Boston Public Schools are 'confident' they are ready for new year — with some caveats

WBUR 8/31/2022

Mass. health leaders call for stepped-up COVID plans for fall and winter

The Boston Globe 8/22/2022

New COVID guidelines ease in-person work but won't spur return to office, experts say

ABC News 8/18/2022

As school mask mandates become nearly extinct, two majority Black districts double down

Yahoo! News 8/16/2022

CDC loosens coronavirus guidance, signaling strategic shift

The Washington Post 8/11/2022

Why the CDC is loosening some of its COVID-19 guidelines

PBS NewsHour 8/10/2022

Biden diagnosis underscores challenge of curbing pandemic

The Washington Post 7/22/2022

BA.5 variant will keep Massachusetts at a COVID-19 plateau through the summer, experts predict

The Boston Globe 7/20/2022

A BU School of Public Health professor says the end of Roe v. Wade amounts to ‘structural violence.’ Here’s what that means.

Boston.com 7/15/2022

Who overturning Roe hurts most, explained in 7 charts

Vox 7/1/2022

FDA just authorized Covid-19 vaccines for kids under 5. Here’s what parents need to know

INVERSE 6/16/2022

On advice of city health commission, Boston will end mask mandate in schools

WBUR 6/8/2022

Health advocates urge COVID restrictions with proms, graduations underway

CBS Boston 5/19/2022

As mask mandates disappear, COVID is on the rise in Massachusetts

WGBH 4/21/2022

Biden is pressured to end mask mandates on public transportation

NPR 4/5/2022

America Is About to Test How Long ‘Normal’ Can Hold

The Atlantic 3/23/2022

A fifth of all US child Covid deaths occurred during Omicron surge

The Guardian 3/11/2022

Restaurant Vaccine Mandates Were Set Up to Fail

The Atlantic 3/10/2022

The CDC’s new mask guidance guarantees we’ll be too slow for the next surge

The Washington Post 3/8/2022

The Biden Administration Killed America’s Collective Pandemic Approach

The Atlantic 3/2/2022

Mass. will stop requiring masks in public schools. It's an uneasy milestone for many

WBUR 2/10/2022

The 5 phases of COVID’s endgame

Popular Science 2/8/2022

Column: These pundits and pols say they’re ‘done with COVID.’ But COVID’s not done with us

Los Angeles Times 2/8/2022

Doctors warn ending school mask mandates will lead to rise in COVID cases as several states lift requirements

ABC News 2/7/2022

Do you still need a mask? Here's how the CDC determines if you should wear one

NBC News 2/4/2022

A Very Simple Way to Get America Boosted

The Atlantic 1/24/2022

White House to distribute 400 million free N95 masks starting next week

The Washington Post 1/19/2022

A year ago, Biden unveiled a 200-page plan to defeat covid. He has struggled to deliver on some key promises.

The Washington Post 1/18/2022

A year ago, Biden unveiled a 200-page plan to defeat covid. He has struggled to deliver on some key promises.

The Washington Post 1/18/2022

After a rough first year, CDC director Rochelle Walensky tries to correct course

The Boston Globe 1/15/2022

Advance child tax credits reduced US food insufficiency by 26 percent

California News Times 1/14/2022

Unvaccinated workers more likely to miss work due to COVID

Axios 1/12/2022

Health centers are improving COVID-19 vaccine equity among people of color

Medical Xpress 1/10/2022

FQHCs have played a key role in enabling COVID-19 vaccine equity among people of color

News Medical 1/10/2022

CDC may start recommending N95 masks

The Washington Post 1/10/2022

Massachusetts Teachers Association president supports bill that would extend in-school mask mandate through June

MassLive 1/4/2022

Fauci says U.S. officials may soon add testing component to new 5-day isolation period

The Washington Post 1/2/2022

Without statewide mask mandate against COVID-19, health experts say Mass. will ‘fight this war with one arm tied behind our backs’

The Boston Globe 12/12/2021

The COVID winter surge is here. This is what Charlie Baker should do

WBUR 12/9/2021

Data-driven mask policies are a smart approach to managing the pandemic

The Hill 11/2/2021

Covid boosters: US approves Moderna and J&J shots

BBC 10/22/2021

Opinion: Racial disparities may be emerging in breakthrough infections. We must track them better.

Washington Post 10/18/2021

We’re Already Barreling Toward the Next Pandemic

The Atlantic 9/29/2021

The Nonsensical Loophole in Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

The Atlantic 9/27/2021

Democrats are allowing jobless aid to expire just as an eviction ban lapses, which risks leaving 10 million unemployed feeling 'neglected' during the Delta surge

Insider 9/12/2021

Biden’s pandemic plan overlooks mask mandates and vulnerable populations

The Conversation 9/10/2021

Our best shot at controlling COVID: Data-driven mask mandates amplify protection of vaccines

USA TODAY 9/9/2021

7.5 million workers just lost their unemployment benefits and Biden didn't step in: 'I'm very, very angry because this is an attempt, in my opinion, to force us all back to work in low paying jobs'

Insider 9/7/2021

Delta surge threatens working parents, labor market

The Hill 8/28/2021

Vaccinations lag for Medicaid patients as states struggle to reach poorest residents

Los Angeles Times 8/27/2021

As child hospitalizations rise, leaders must act now

The Hill 8/19/2021

What it feels like to get Covid-19 after being vaccinated

Vox 8/11/2021

State policies can provide clear guidance on when to put on and take off masks - with benefits to health, education and the economy

The Conversation 8/10/2021

No, the Unvaccinated Aren’t All Just Being Difficult

The New York Times 8/6/2021

Treasury Secretary Yellen to meet with House Democrats as anger builds over eviction moratorium

The Washington Post 8/3/2021

Returning to Work Not Easy for Some Who Lost Jobs to COVID

U.S. News & World Report 7/17/2021

Most unvaccinated people have low incomes

Axios 7/12/2021

Something to celebrate: delivering vaccines to essential workers

STAT 7/1/2021

The Fundamental Question Of The Pandemic Is Shifting

The Atlantic 6/9/2021

Arizona business that sells wigs to people undergoing cancer treatment targeted by anti-mask group

USA Today 6/8/2021

The next phase of the U.S. pandemic? Pockets of localized outbreaks.

National Geographic 5/27/2021

Hundreds of Epidemiologists Expected Mask-Wearing in Public for at Least a Year

The New York Times 5/13/2021

Businesses jumping into vaccination effort see it as win-win

The Hill 5/9/2021

Infection Data Shows Impact Of Vaccines On Older Residents

WBUR 4/8/2021

Ayanna Pressley, Elizabeth Warren to Headline Forum on Antiracism as Health Policy

BU Today 4/5/2021

Who has died from Covid-19 in the US?

Vox 2/16/2021

To Make Stimulus Checks Better Targeted, Give Them to Everyone

New York Magazine 2/3/2021

Pandemic Unemployment Benefits Helped Keep Millions of Americans From Going Hungry

U.S. News & World Report 2/1/2021

Investments to increase access to biking and walking could save money and lives, study finds

Consumer Affairs 1/28/2021

Higher Ed Workers Get in the COVID Vaccine Line

Inside Higher Education 1/13/2021

Covid-19 is temporary. The health ramifications of failing to provide adequate economic relief may last decades

STAT 12/15/2020

Could Future Court Decisions Raise the LGBTQ Suicide Rate?

Psychology Today 12/11/2020

What’s Your State Doing About COVID? Check This Databas

Futurity 11/10/2020

What Are States Doing about COVID-19? This BU Database Has Answers

BU Today 10/17/2020

SPH Launches Series of Panels on Suicide Prevention Thursday

BU Today 9/30/2020

Will America Let COVID-19 Become The Next HIV?

HuffPost 8/11/2020

With Tighter Handgun Laws, U.S. Would See Fewer Suicides by Young People

Health Day 7/23/2020

Study of 17 Million Identifies Crucial Risk Factors for Coronavirus Deaths

The New York Times 7/8/2020

The New Coronavirus Deaths of Despair

Bloomberg 5/12/2020

The Next Covid Crisis Could Be a Wave of Suicides

Bloomberg 5/8/2020

Why Are Blacks, Other Minorities Hardest Hit By COVID-19?

Drugs.com 5/6/2020

Fewer LGBT Teens Plagued by Suicidal Thoughts, But Rates Still High

U.S. News & World Report 2/10/2020

A Surge for Sexual Minority Youth

U.S. News & World Report 2/10/2020

Number of non-heterosexual teens grows, but suicide attempts remain high

The Hill 2/10/2020

Fewer LGBT Teens Plagued by Suicidal Thoughts, But Rates Still High

Health Day 2/10/2020

Suicide rates fall among sexual-minority youth but still outpace heterosexual peers

Reuters 2/10/2020

Huge Mental Health Gap For Gender Minority College Students

Futurity 8/21/2019

Transgender college students more likely to experience mental health problems than their peers

News Medical 8/18/2019

Trans Students Are Found Far More Likely Than Others to Suffer From a Host of Psychological Problems

The Chronicle of Higher Education 8/16/2019

Bullied, discriminated transgender college students face significantly higher risk of suicide

MEAWW 8/16/2019

Students with Different Gender Identities are 4 Times More Likely to Develop Mental Health Issues, New Study Finds

New York Daily News 8/16/2019

How to Fight LGBT Health Disparities

Futurity 6/27/2019

Can a 'Pay-It-Forward' Model for STI Testing Work in the US?: Public Health Watch

Infectious Disease Today 1/23/2019

Gay fathers face stigma as parents

Reuters 1/15/2019

HIV viral suppression under Ryan White care comparable to Medicaid, private insurance

Infectious Disease News 1/9/2019

Transgender rights are constitutional rights

The Hill 11/8/2018

It Was Never Just About a Cake

NewNowNext 6/14/2018

Legal denial of service to same-sex couples tied to mental distress

Reuters 6/6/2018

What The Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision Means For Public Health And The Rule Of Law

WBUR 6/5/2018

Denial of services to same-sex couples can harm their health

The Hill 5/23/2018

Men Who Have Sex with Men Receive Less HIV Education

MD Mag 1/30/2018

2021 BUSPH HLPM: "Do" Award
2020 BUSPH: Research Innovation Award
2018 Altmetric: Top 100 articles of 2017
2017 JAMA Pediatrics: Best paper by a trainee
2016 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Postdoctoral recognition award
2016 Johns Hopkins Delta Omega Society: First place, policy and practice research
2011-2015 Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Doctoral fellowship and stipend
2009-2011 Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Masters fellowship
2007 Tufts University: Class of 1942 Prize: Most likely to become an outstanding university teacher or administrator
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