Monnat awarded grant by Mother Cabrini Health Foundation
Shannon Monnat, the Lerner Chair for Public
Health Promotion, has received a $75,817 grant from the Mother Cabrini Health
Foundation for the project “Implementing and Evaluating the Efficacy of a New
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Plan of Safe Care.” Monnat is the principal
investigator on the project; Alexandra Punch, associate director of Maxwell’s
Lerner Center, is a co-investigator.
The project is designed to improve education
for health care providers, concerning Plans of Safe Care (POSC) for mothers
with addiction and for babies who suffered opioid exposure prior to their
birth. The project will develop and implement workshops, targeting health care
providers who are likely to work with mothers who require a POSC. It will also collect
data from hospitals concerning the implementation of POSCs in order to improve
policies and practices in Central New York.
The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation is a
philanthropic organization that was founded in 2018 to improve the health
outcomes of vulnerable New Yorkers by eliminating barriers to health care and
bridging gaps in health services for these communities. The foundation promotes,
sponsors, and supports various initiatives, through up to $150 million in grant
funding. It serves New Yorkers in every region of the state, regardless of
personal faith background.
Monnat, who is also an associate professor of
sociology and the co-director of the Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab
in Maxwell’s Aging Studies Institute, is an expert in social demography,
spatial difference in morbidity and mortality, and the social determinants of
health and health disparities. She has published more than 70 peer-reviewed
pieces and has presented to a wide range of audiences including the United
Nations, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Aspen Institute. In
addition, she has consulted with the White House Office of National Drug
Control Policy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Congresswoman Debbie
Wasserman Schultz. Monnat’s research has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall
Street Journal, and CNN, among others.
Punch joined the Lerner Center last year,
after more than two years as the director of drug user health with ACR Health in
Syracuse, where she helped develop and implement innovative treatment practices
for addressing opioid dependence. Punch also chairs the Harm Reduction
Subcommittee for the Onondaga County Drug Task Force and serves as a board
member for the nonprofit Road2RecoveryCNY.