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State COVID-19 Policies that Restricted In-Person Interaction and Economic Support Saved Lives

Yue Sun and Erin M. Bisesti

This brief summarizes the results of a recent study examining how U.S. states’ COVID-19 policies were related to COVID-19 mortality rates from April to December 2020. 

February 21, 2023

CDC Guidelines Hide the Alzheimer Disease Mortality Burden among Adults with Down Syndrome

Scott D. Landes

This brief summarizes results from a recent study seeking to accurately measure the disparity in the Alzheimer disease mortality burden between adults with versus without Down syndrome for years 2005-2019. 

February 20, 2023

Exposure to Free School Meals in Kindergarten Has Lasting Positive Effects on Students’ Attendance

Samantha Trajkovski, Amy Ellen Schwartz, and Michah W. Rothbart

This brief summarizes findings examining the relationship between exposure to UFM in kindergarten and attendance and weight outcomes in NYC students from grades K-3. The results demonstrate that children who receive free meals through UFM in kindergarten have better school attendance than those who do not. In addition, there is no evidence receiving free meals in kindergarten affects weight outcomes.  

February 7, 2023

The U.S. Should Increase Access to Medication for Opioid Use Disorder Among Incarcerated Individuals

Cody Nagle

This brief describes the use of Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) as realistic and legally protected approaches to reducing overdoses upon exiting incarceration. It also calls for federal regulation and guidance on the use of MOUD in prisons, jails, and drug courts to ensure each person who needs treatment receives it.

January 31, 2023

The End of the “Chemical Imbalance” Theory of Depression - What Now?

Austin McNeill Brown

This brief summarizes new findings examining the theory that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance and calls for healthcare professionals and patients to consider the market influences and social structures that impact health.  

January 24, 2023

Food Insecurity is a Common Problem for Military Service Members and their Families

Colleen Heflin and Gabriella Alphonso

This brief summarizes the key findings of a memorandum and discusses what can be done to improve food security among active-duty military members and their families.

January 16, 2023

How Did COVID-19 School Closures Affect Adolescents with ADHD?

Nandini Jhawar, Ashley Schiros, Andrew S. London & Kevin M. Antshel
This brief summarizes results from a recent study examining the risks, protective factors, and family processes that shaped well-being among adolescents during COVID-19-related school closures. 
January 11, 2023

Mothers of Disabled Children Faced Numerous Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Amy Lutz, Sujung (Crystal) Lee, and Baurzhan Bokayev
This brief summarizes results from a recent study on the challenges mothers of disabled children faced during the COVID-19 pandemic during the Spring of 2020 in Central New York.
December 13, 2022

Combating Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Veterans after Separation from Military Service

Emily Graham
This brief explores the negative impacts of social isolation and loneliness on veteran health and wellbeing. 
December 7, 2022

How Has Grandparenthood Changed in Rural China?

Merril Silverstein

This data slice examines the changes in grandparenting in rural China and calls for policies that decrease caregiver burnout, stress, and associated poor health outcomes. 

November 29, 2022

Older Adults on SNAP Experience Gaps in Benefits

Colleen Heflin, Gabriella Alphonso, Leslie Hodges, Irma Arteaga, and Chinedum O. Ojinnaka
This brief summarizes a recent study examining administrative churn among Missouri SNAP participants aged 60 years and older. 
November 28, 2022

The Unequal Burden of Long COVID

Marc A. Garcia, Catherine García, and Erin Bisesti

This data slice summarizes data from the U.S. Census Household Pulse Survey and reports that although there are no significant racial/ethnic differences in overall activity limitations from long COVID, a higher percentage of Black and Hispanic/Latino adults report experiencing “significant” activity limitations compared to Whites.

November 16, 2022

Limited Cognitive Ability May Reduce SNAP Participation among Older Adults

Colleen Heflin, Dongmei Zuo, Gabriella Alphonso
This brief summarizes the results of a recent study examining the impact of cognitive decline on SNAP participation among adults aged 60 yrs. and older.
November 1, 2022

Conservative State Policies Contribute to Higher Mortality Rates among Working-age Americans

Jennifer Karas Montez, Nader Mehri, Shannon Monnat
This study examined how state policies on criminal justice, taxes, environment, firearms, marijuana, health care, labor, and tobacco were associated with the risk of dying among working-age adults from 2000 to 2019.
October 25, 2022

The Cost of Being a Woman: How Race and Education Affect the Gender Pay Gap

Erin Bisesti and Marc A. Garcia
This brief explores pay inequities in 2020 by race/ethnicity, gender, and educational attainment. 
October 18, 2022

Older Immigrants Are More Likely Than Older Nonimmigrants to Experience Loneliness

Stephanie Zemba and Janet Wilmoth

This research brief explores the impact of age at immigration on feelings of loneliness and considers factors such as health, socio-demographics, and engagement in volunteering in the assessment.

October 11, 2022

Sociocultural and Demographic Drivers of Latino Population Health in New York State

Marc A. Garcia, Mara G. Sheftel, Adriana M. Reyes, Catherine Garcia
This research brief examines the diversity within the Latino population living in New York State and demonstrates the need to recognize the Latino population as a nonhomogeneous group.
September 27, 2022

Allowing Cities to Mandate Employer Paid Sick Leave Could Reduce Deaths among Working-Age Adults

Douglas A. Wolf, Jennifer Karas Montez, Shannon M. Monnat
This brief describes how working-age mortality rates from several external causes of premature death from 1999 to 2019 may have been lower if states had not preempted cities and counties from mandating paid sick leave.
September 23, 2022

Rural America, Older Adult Vaccination Rates Higher in Counties with More Aging, Disability Services

Yue Sun, Danielle Rhubart

 It finds that rural counties with higher ADS density have higher older adult vaccination rates.

September 23, 2022

Native American Mental Health: Adding Culture to the Conversation

Margaret Rose

This issue brief describes the influence of colonialism on AI/AN mental health and discusses how barriers to mental health treatment can be addressed by integrating AI/AN culture into traditional mental health services and increasing AI/AN presence in mental health occupations.

September 23, 2022

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