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The Collapse of Health Care: The Effects of COVID-19 on U.S. Community Health Centers

Ashley Van Slyke

The closure of community health centers is likely to have widespread detrimental impacts on the country’s public health and economy for years to come.

August 10, 2020

Conservative State Policies Damage U.S. Life Expectancy

Jennifer Karas Montez

Conservative state policies are killing Americans. U.S. life expectancy gains since 2010 would be 25% greater for women & 13% greater for men if state policies hadn’t become more conservative.

August 4, 2020

Housing Insecurity During the Coronavirus Response

Lauryn Quick , Colleen Heflin

COVID-19 has created numerous challenges for Americans in their ability to meet their basic needs. One specific economic challenge is the ability to pay mortgage or rent.

August 3, 2020

Food Insufficiency During the Coronavirus Response

Lauryn Quick , Colleen Heflin

The coronavirus pandemic has created widespread economic disruption, exacerbating American household food insufficiency.

July 29, 2020

The Public Health Crisis of Law Enforcement’s Over-Use of Force

Mary E. Helander , Austin McNeill Brown

The overuse of police force has public health implications. The rates of injury and death sustained while in law enforcement custody should be collected as a part of the public health strategy to minimize the over-use of force.

July 27, 2020

The Influence of Military Service Experiences on Current and Daily Drinking

Andrew S. London, Janet M. Wilmoth, William J. Oliver, Jessica A. Hausauer

Non-combat and combat veterans without a PD or TBI are less likely than nonveterans to be daily drinkers.

July 23, 2020

“Right to Work” and Life or Death for Georgia Teachers

Austin McNeill Brown

Georgia is a “right to work” state, in which teachers can be fired or have their state license revoked if they strike or utilize collective bargaining. This leaves few legal options for teachers to challenge the state mandate to reopen without adequate preparation.

July 20, 2020

Disparities in Vulnerability to Severe Complications from COVID-19 in the United States

Emily E. Wiemers, Scott Abrahams, Marwa AlFakhri, V. Joseph Hotz, Robert F. Schoeni , Judith A. Seltzer

Among middle-aged and older Americans, vulnerability to severe COVID-19 complications based on preexisting conditions is 2-3 times greater for those with low versus high income.

July 15, 2020

America’s Legacy of Redlining State-Sponsored Segregation & Disenfranchisement of Urban Minority

Ashley Van Slyke

The effects of redlining remain prominent nearly a century later and continue to contribute to racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities.

July 13, 2020

Digital Disinformation Is a Threat to Public Health

Austin McNeill Brown

In times of public health crises, like COVID-19, a country’s residents must be able to access valid, timely, and evidence-based information that can guide behaviors and prevention strategies. Disinformation undermines these efforts and represents an existential threat to U.S. population health.

July 7, 2020

Rural Ohio Faces High Health Risk during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Danielle Rhubart, Shannon M. Monnat, Yue Sun

Residents of Ohio's most rural counties are at high risk of hospitalization and death due to COVID-19.

July 6, 2020

New York’s Recovery Drove National COVID-19 Case Reduction

Sarah Hamersma

National COVID-19 trends mask large differences in trends across U.S. states. Reductions in March & April were due almost entirely to declines in New York. The failure of other states to enact strong physical distancing protocols and/or reopening too early has led to our current national surge in cases.

July 2, 2020

High COVID-19 Mortality Risk in Pennsylvania’s Rural Counties

Raeven Faye Chandler, Shannon M. Monnat, Yue Sun

COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania have been concentrated in eastern urban counties this far. However, the 14-day incident rate has recently begun increasing in several rural counties that have high prevalence of several chronic health conditions that increase risk of severe complications and death from COVID-19.

July 2, 2020

Preventing Heat-Related Fatalities during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Danielle Rhubart

The deadliest weather-related health outcomes in the U.S. are heat-related. Older adults – especially those in the most urban and rural areas of the US - are at high risk of heat-related death.

July 1, 2020

Increased COVID Risk for Adults with Disability Living in Residential Group Homes

Scott D. Landes

Adults with intellectual and/or developmental disability living in group homes in New York are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 outcomes, including death.

June 29, 2020

New York State’s Rural Counties Have Higher COVID-19 Mortality Risk

Shannon M. Monnat , Yue Sun

As New York’s regions move through their various phases of reopening businesses and recreations activities, policymakers and residents should be mindful of the underlying health vulnerabilities and the higher COVID-19 mortality risk in several of NY’s rural counties. Is your county at high risk?

June 25, 2020

Stories from the Frontlines of the COVID-19 Response in New York

Ashley Van Slyke

This brief features the stories of a nurse and national guardsman from Central NY who served on the frontline of the COVID-19 response during the early days of the outbreak in New York City. These frontline workers described patient overcrowding, equipment shortages, feeling physically and emotionally exhausted, and lessons learned from their experiences.

June 24, 2020

Homelessness during COVID: Understanding, Preventing Risk of Virus Spread in Vulnerable Population

Ashley Van Slyke

This brief describes how individuals who are homeless are experiencing COVID-19 and efforts by various cities and organizations to prevent transmission.

June 22, 2020

Major Causes of Death among Adults with Down Syndrome

Scott D. Landes

Adults with Down syndrome often die at earlier ages than their peers in the general population.

June 17, 2020

Black Lives Matter: Police Brutality in the Era of COVID-19

Tyra Jean

Although police brutality and COVID-19 are separate tragedies, they intersect. This brief describes how, from COVID-19 to police brutality, the U.S. black population consistently bears the burden of life-threatening consequences due to structural racism throughout multiple institutions.

June 16, 2020

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