Researchers examine COVID’s toll on NYC children’s health, education

Amy Ellen Schwartz captionAmy Ellen Schwartz, professor of economics and public administration and international affairs, is one of two principal investigators for a five-year research project to examine how, over time, COVID-19 has affected children’s health and education in New York City. Maxwell School faculty colleague Michah W. Rothbart is among the co-investigators.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the $3.5 million study is a collaboration by researchers at Syracuse University, New York University and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The team will investigate the effects of vaccine availability and uptake; examine racial, ethnic and income disparities; and explore the role of school and neighborhood resources in shaping outcomes and disparities. The total award to Syracuse is $1.3 million.

Schwartz also serves as chair of the Department of Economics; is the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair in Public Affairs; and is a senior research associate for the Center for Policy Research. Rothbart is an assistant professor of public administration and international affairs and senior research associate for the Center for Policy Research.

Joining Schwartz as a principal investigator is Brian Elbel, professor of population health and health policy at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine and Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. In addition to Rothbart, co-investigators include NYU faculty members David Lee, Lorna Thorpe and Meryle Weinstein, and Sophia Day and Kevin Konty from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

By, Jessica Youngman, 10/05/21