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Allowing Cities to Raise the Minimum Wage Could Prevent Hundreds of Infant Deaths Annually

Douglas A. Wolf, Shannon M. Monnat, Jennifer Karas Montez

This research brief discusses findings that show each additional dollar of minimum wage reduces infant deaths by up to 1.8% annually in large U.S. cities.

January 18, 2021

The Sugar Industry Gets Rich and We Get Sick

Mary Katherine A. Schutt, Shannon M. Monnat

This issue brief takes a deep dive into strategies the sugar industry uses to gain profits while making us sick.

January 14, 2021

Self-Esteem and Long-term Recovery from Substance Use Disorders

Mariah Brennan Nanni, Austin McNeill Brown

This brief describes how self-esteem and other strength-based measures of personal growth are better indicators of recovery progress.

January 12, 2021

COVID Risk for people with Intellectual or Development Disabilities Varies by Type of Residence

Ashlyn W. W. A. Wong , Scott D. Landes

COVID-19 case and fatality rates are higher for people with IDD who are living in Skilled Nursing Facilities compared with those living in other types of facilities or those living in individual residences or their family home.

January 5, 2021

Progress in Closing Age-at-Death Disparity for Adults with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities

Scott D. Landes

Intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) directly impact the course of an individual’s life, including the age at which they die.
December 15, 2020

Less Worthy Lives? We Must Prioritize People with Disabilities in COVID Vaccine Allocation

Scott D. Landes, Margaret A. Turk, Katherine E. McDonald, Maya Sabatello

Individuals with developmental and intellectual disability should prioritized during COVID-19 vaccination allocation.

December 10, 2020

The Mental Health Toll of COVID-19

Xiaoyan Zhang

The coronavirus pandemic has profoundly disrupted Americans' lives. The share of U.S. adults reporting unmet mental health treatment needs has been rising steadily over the past couple of months. Rates are even higher for adults with children in the household.

December 8, 2020

Health is Political: Public Health Practitioners and Researchers Should be Trained Accordingly

Claire Pendergrast

Policy has long been considered a core element of public health practice. The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear that public health practice and research exist within a political context that cannot be ignored.

December 1, 2020

COVID-19 Reduced Outpatient Visits by up to 70% in the US

Pinka Chatterji, Yue Li

The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for healthcare providers. Outpatient visits dropped by up to 70% relative to the same weeks in prior years.

November 17, 2020

Large Disparities between U.S. States in Cardiovascular Mortality among Adults aged 55 and Older

Nader Mehri

Over the past 20 years, declines in cardiovascular disease mortality rates have been much smaller in some U.S. states than others. Rates have also started to increase in some states in recent years.

October 29, 2020

Flooding Negatively Affects Health and Rural America is Not Immune

Danielle Rhubart

Flooding is on the rise in the US and rural states are not immune. Chronic and one-time flood events can have devastating consequences for financial well-being, with residual impacts on mental and physical health.

October 27, 2020

The U.S. Rural Mortality Penalty is Wide and Growing

Shannon M. Monnat

In the U.S., rural mortality rates are much higher than those in urban areas, and the gap has widened in recent years. Several causes of death are to blame.

October 20, 2020

Physical Health Impacts of Grandparenting Children with Disabilities

Ynesse Abdul-Malak, Madonna Harrington Meyer

For many grandparents, caring for their grandchildren makes them feel younger, mostly because they are more physically active and maintain healthier diets.

October 14, 2020

Child Injuries and the Timing of SNAP Benefits Receipt

Colleen Heflin, Irma Arteaga, Jean Felix Ndashimye, Matthew P. Rabbitt

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is an important federal resource that provides nutritional assistance to low-income families. Timing of SNAP benefits can reduce childhood injuries.

September 22, 2020

COVID Trends Among Adults with Disabilities Living in Residential Group Homes in NYS through 7/10/20

Scott D. Landes, Margaret A. Turk, Margaret K. Formica, Katherine E. McDonald

While COVID-19 case rates increased between April 10, 2020 and July 10, 2020 for both groups, from April 10 to May 1, the case rate increased by 2.5 times for people with IDD, from 2,225 to 5,544 cases per 100,000, but only increased by 1.6 times for New York State, from 886 to 1,584 cases per 100,000.

September 16, 2020

Rural COVID Mortality Rates Highest in Counties with the Largest Percentages of Blacks and Hispanics

Yue Sun, Shannon M. Monnat, Kent Jason G Cheng

COVID-19 mortality risk is not distributed equally across the U.S. Among rural counties, the average daily increase in COVID-19 mortality rates has been significantly higher in counties with the largest percentages of Black and Hispanic residents.

September 7, 2020

Many Older Americans Do Not Receive the Recommended Home Health Care After Hospitalization

Jun Li, Mingyu Qi, Rachel M. Werner

Only 54% of Medicare patients referred to home health care services following a hospitalization received home health care visits. Policymakers must address this discrepancy to ensure all patients receive the home health services they need.

September 2, 2020

Does Proximity to Fast Food Increase the Incidence of Childhood Obesity?

Amy Ellen Schwartz, Jeehee Han, Brian Elbel

Living near fast food has a greater impact on younger children who attend neighborhood schools. Proximity to fast food restaurants increases the probability of childhood obesity or overweight.

September 1, 2020

A Call to Revitalize Mental Health Wellness Practices for BIPOC College Students

Tyra Jean

Given the challenges faced by the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities within the U.S. this year, it is more important than ever to ensure BIPOC college students are provided with access to mental health care.

August 26, 2020

Health and Profit in Student Housing during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Austin McNeill Brown

The decision to reopen some U.S. universities during the current COVID-19 pandemic may be tied to private financial interests in student housing.

August 12, 2020

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