Maxwell School News and Commentary
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Heflin Comments on New Study Linking Cognitive Decline, Food Insufficiency in Medical News Today
“Unfortunately,” says Colleen Heflin, professor and chair of public administration and international affairs, “my own work suggests that cognitive decline can act as a barrier to SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] participation among older adults eligible for the program, due to the difficult administrative processes associated with demonstrating program eligibility.”
See related: Aging, Food Security, Nutrition, U.S. Health Policy, United States
Purser Talks to ABC News About the Nurse Strike in New York City
"Nurses are really bargaining for the collective good. They are putting, first and foremost, patients' safety above all else and that was the breaking point—they've been working under less-than-ideal conditions that jeopardized the safety of patients," says Gretchen Purser, associate professor of sociology.
See related: Health Policy, Labor, New York City
Heflin Discusses Seniors’ Use of Food Benefits, Impact on Memory Decline in Neurology Today Article
"Screening for food insecurity can at least provide the clinician some sense of the risks their patients might be facing and their potential negative health consequences," says Colleen Heflin, professor of public administration and international affairs.
See related: Aging, Food Security, Health Policy, Nutrition
Montez Quoted in Washington Post Article on Politics, Policy and Increasing Mortality Rates
University Professor Jennifer Karas Montez says “state policy knobs are a lever that we could use to really turn this country around and stop this alarming—just horrible when you think about it—increase in the risk of dying before age 65.”
COVID Research Project Garners up to $2.2 Million From the National Institutes of Health
Associate Professor Emily Wiemers is the principal investigator of the team that includes her Maxwell School colleague, Marc A. Garcia.
See related: Civil Rights, COVID-19, Grant Awards, Health Policy, Mental Health
Landes Piece on COVID’s Impact on Immunocompromised People Published by Hastings Center
"Moving On from Covid? Immunocompromised People Can’t," written by Associate Professor of Sociology Scott Landes, was published by the Hastings Center.
See related: Civil Rights, COVID-19, Health Policy
Monnat and Montez Talk to US News About Their Research on Link Between Policy and Mortality Rates
“State policies, which have been relatively ignored in research on explanations for U.S. mortality trends, turn out to be really important for understanding geographic disparities in mortality,” Shannon Monnat, professor of sociology, tells U.S. News & World Report.
Montez Discusses New Research on Link Between Policy and Mortality Rates With NBC News, USA Today
If states had adopted liberal policies across the board, University Professor Jennifer Karas Montez and her co-authors calculated that 171,030 lives would have been saved in 2019 alone; on the flip side, conservative policies in all states would have led to an additional 217,635 working-age deaths.
Monnat Comments on Increase in US Suicide Rates in Grid Article
“There might be a small drop in one or two years, but the long-term trend has been an increase,” says Shannon Monnat, professor of sociology. She was interviewed for the Grid article, "U.S. suicide rates rose again in 2021, ending a brief decline during the covid pandemic."
See related: COVID-19, Health Policy, Mental Health, United States
Monnat Research on Mortality Trends Featured in New York Times Article
Professor of Sociology Shannon Monnat was also interviewed for the story, "‘There Are Two Americas Now: One With a B.A. and One Without’."