April 2022 Newsletter

April Research Briefs

April 4: Safe Consumption Sites are Critical to Reducing Drug Overdoses
Author(s): Alexandra Punch

April 11Mental Health After Injury: How Neighborhoods Impact Recovery
Author(s): Bryce Hruska, Maria Pacella-Labarbara, Ivan E. Castro, Richard L. George, and Douglas L. Delahanty

April 25White COVID-19 Deaths Increased More in Red States Than in Blue States in 2021
Author(s): Rogelio Sáenz and Marc A. Garcia


The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion is proud to be a part of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, ranked #1 in the the United States for public affairs.

Associate Professor Shannon Monnat

Congratulations to Shannon Monnat on receiving a 2022 Syracuse University Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award!

The Syracuse University Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award honors faculty members whose dedication to graduate students and commitment to excellence in graduate teaching and mentoring have made a genuine contribution to graduate education at Syracuse University.

Dr. Monnat, was recently elected Vice President of the Rural Sociological Society (RSS).

Publications & Research

Colleen Heflin and Hannah Patnaik published a study in the Journal of Family and Economic Issues“Material Hardship and the Living Arrangements of Older Adults.” This study investigates the extent to which the household living arrangements of older adults influence their experiences of material hardship.

Miriam Mutambudzi and Maria Brown received a grant from the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles on Biodemography and Population Health for the project, “Childhood Adversity and Cognitive Trajectories in Later Life: The Influence of Race and Everyday Discrimination.”

Andrew London and Scott Landes published a study in Biodemography and Social Biology, “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and the Age Pattern of Adult Morality.” The study demonstrates a relationship between age of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder diagnosis and risk of mortality, with those receiving a diagnosis earlier in life having significantly lower risks.

Danielle Rhubart, Yue Sun, Claire Pendergrast, and Shannon Monnat published a study in Socius entitled “Sociospatial Disparities in “Third Place” Availability in the United States.” It demonstrates the value of conceptualizing and measuring third places to understand sociospatial disparities in the availability of understudied opportunity structures.

Scott Landes and Margaret Turk published “A Call To Eliminate Postmortem Diagnostic Overshadowing For People With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities” in Health Affairs. The article discusses the importance of accurate death certificate reporting, especially among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Assistant Professor Bryce Hruska
Bryce Hruska, Lauren Anderson, and Marley Barduhn published in Sleep Health“Multilevel-Analysis of Sleep and Anger in Emergency Medical Service Workers.” The study performed a multilevel analysis of the relationship between sleep quality and anger among emergency medical service workers.

Upcoming Event

public health forum will be held Thursday, May 5, and Tuesday, May 10 from 1:00-2:15 PM at the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, Room #335. A series of presentations will be delivered by Master of Public Health students in the Department of Public Health in Falk College. A variety of topics will be covered including healthcare provider mental health, COVID-19 surveillance and vaccines, tick-borne illness in New York, and healthcare access improvements at local health facilities. For questions, please contact Bryce Hruska, bjhruska@syr.edu.