Lerner Postdoctoral Fellow Danielle Rhubart’s research on the gender disparities in caretaking was included in this article from Public Radio International. Her research finds that working mothers of young children cut down their hours four to five times more than working fathers. Read the Public Radio International Story and Rhubart’s brief Gender Disparities in Caretaking during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
A new paper by Sociology Professor Jennifer Karas Montez published this week in The Milbank Quarterly is garnering significant media attention. The paper, “US State Policies, Politics, and Life Expectancy” shows that changes in US state policies since the 1970s, particularly after 2010, have played an important role in the stagnation and recent decline in US life expectancy. Some US state policies appear to be key levers for improving life expectancy, such as policies on tobacco, labor, immigration, civil rights, and the environment. The authors estimate that U.S. life expectancy is estimated to be 2.8 years longer among women and 2.1 years longer among men if all U.S. states enjoyed the health advantages of states with more liberal policies, which would put U.S. life expectancy on par with other high‐income countries.
This research has been covered by:
- NPR/WAER: SU Maxwell Professor: State Policies Driving Gaps in Life Expectancy
- LA Times: People Live Longer in Blue States than Red
To read Karas Montez’s Lerner Center research brief that summarizes the study’s findings, click here: https://lernercenter.syr.edu/2020/08/04/rb-28/.
Research by Lerner Postdoctoral Scholar, Danielle Rhubart, was cited in this Dow Jones Marketwatch article about how much school closures will cost parents.
“Research also suggests that mothers aren’t just reducing their hours, they’re leaving their jobs to cope. Among women who said they were not working due to the pandemic, more than 16% said it was because they had to care for children not in school or daycare, according to a research brief from Syracuse University’s Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion. That’s compared to less than 5% of men.”
Lerner Center Research Affiliate Andrew London was interviewed in this Military.com article about his recent Lerner Center research brief on alcohol consumption among veterans with psychiatric disorders and traumatic brain injuries. The story was also printed by Yahoo.com. To read the brief, click below:
Check out the Lerner Center’s other research briefs.
Jennifer Karas Montez, Professor of Sociology and Gerald B. Cramer Faculty Scholar in Aging Studies, is the principal investigator on a 5-year $1.5 million grant from the NIH National Institute on Aging to fund the Center for Aging and Policy Studies (CAPS) at SU. CAPS is a consortium of Syracuse University, Cornell University, and the University at Albany. It is headquartered at SU. The goal of CAPS is to improve the health, well-being, and independence of older adults by addressing issues facing middle-age and older adults and the families that care for them. The Lerner Center is excited to be affiliated with CAPS! Read more about CAPS in this Maxwell news release.
The New York Times cited a recent research brief written by Dr. Danielle Rhubart (Lerner Postdoctoral Scholar) in their story about how COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting mothers’ careers.
New York Times article: ‘They Go to Mommy First’.
Dr. Rhubart’s Brief: Gender Disparities in Caretaking during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Madonna Harrington Meyer was interviewed for this Christian Science Monitor story about how parents are struggling with childcare responsibilities during coronavirus and how grandparents are having to pick up the slack. Read the full story here and read her related brief, Grandmothers at Work during Coronavirus.
Lerner Graduate Fellow, Emmy Helander, was interviewed for this Buffalo News story about COVID-19 deaths in Buffalo, NY: https://buffalonews.com/news/local/understanding-why-erie-countys-covid-19-deaths-topped-peer-counties-may-take-a-very-long/article_e8f92ef0-2015-58ca-9bc7-db29a3d951f5.html
The Lerner Center’s research was cited in this Progressive Farmer article about rural health and COVID-19: https://www.dtnpf.com/agriculture/web/AG/news/farm-life/article/2020/07/02/iowa-rural-healthcare-regions-part. “A March 24, 2020, analysis by Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University pointed to the biggest underlying COVID-19 concern in rural America. Thirty-one percent of COVID-19 cases, 45% of hospitalizations, 53% of intensive care admissions and 80% of deaths had been among adults aged 65 and older with the, “highest percentage of severe outcomes among those 85 years and older. This is bad news for rural America.” To read this research, click here: https://lernercenter.syr.edu/2020/03/24/why-coronavirus-could-hit-rural-areas-harder/.
Lerner Postdoctoral Scholar Danielle Rhubart was interviewed on a recent episode of The Heat on CGTN America. The episode covered the surge of COVID-19 cases in this U.S. and things the public and policymakers should be considering in the coming months.