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Landes speaks to PBS about COVID-19 vaccines for people with IDD

April 1, 2021
"It's not been surprising, on one hand, that states have not prioritized this group, because that's historically been the case," says Scott Landes, associate professor of sociology. "It's been disappointing, because the evidence was there pre-pandemic and the evidence is there now that this group is at higher risk." 

Danielle Rhubart Awarded Grant to Study Mental Health among Rural Older Adults

March 25, 2021
Dr. Rhubart's study, "Social Infrastructure and Mental Health among Older Adults in Rural America," will use data from the Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System

Landes talks to CBS about COVID-19 reporting of people with IDD

March 11, 2021
Scott Landes, associate professor of sociology and co-author of a recent study that found that those with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) living in group homes may be more likely to die from COVID-19, says the pandemic has exposed shortcomings in the medical community "as we've made decisions on who we collect data on, what we report, who we emphasize, who gets prioritization."

Harrington Meyer talks to AARP about grandparenting special needs kids

March 2, 2021
 About 17 percent of children are diagnosed with some kind of disability, says University Professor Madonna Harrington Meyer, co-author of the book "Grandparenting Children With Disabilities." While that percentage seems to be increasing, support programs for families are not, she says.

Monnat discusses increase in overdoses during the pandemic in VICE

February 22, 2021
"At its core, I think addiction is about a need for connection," says Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion. "My research shows that work, family and community are the three most important factors for understanding why drug overdose rates are higher in some places than others. Work, family and community are the three arenas where we derive meaning and purpose from our lives. If we don’t have those connections, we might seek it out elsewhere, for example with drugs."

Monnat quoted in Syracuse.com article on Onondaga County deaths

February 17, 2021
The reason behind 2020′s death toll is further muddied by the fact that the shutdown might have, paradoxically, saved some lives. "It could be that deaths from certain causes declined and therefore offset the increase due to COVID," says Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion. 

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Montez quoted in Undark article on state policies, life expectancy

February 2, 2021
Professor Jennifer Karas Montez was quoted in the Undark article, "Are Conservative Policies Shortening American Lives?"

In Memoriam: Sid Lerner '53, Benefactor of Maxwell's Lerner Center, Dies at 90

January 22, 2021
During his career, the legendary advertising executive represented such well-known brands as Maxwell House and Texaco, and created memorable campaigns including “Please Don’t Squeeze the Charmin” featuring Mr. Whipple.

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Landes comments on vaccine prioritization for people with IDD in Washington Post

January 13, 2021
Scott Landes, associate professor of sociology, says if states had a greater focus on the pandemic’s impact on the disabled," vaccination prioritization would be much clearer. You would have the evidence to tell you what needs to be done."

Monnat weighs in on Central New York COVID-19 deaths in Syracuse.com article

January 5, 2021
"To keep things in perspective, there have been 330 COVID deaths in the county over the whole year so far," says Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion. "There are still far more deaths annually from heart disease and cancer," she adds. But, "If these numbers are similar for 2020," Monnat says, “COVID will be the third-leading cause of death in the county this year."

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