Lerner Faculty Affiliates Marc A. Garcia and Catherine Garcia publish a new study in Innovation in Aging

Marc A. Garcia and Catherine Garcia recently published a new study entitled ” Age Patterns in Self-Reported Cognitive Impairment among Older Latino Subgroups and Non-Latino Whites in the U.S., 1997 to 2018: Implications for Public Health Policy“. The study aims to examine heterogeneity in self-reported cognitive impairment among older U.S. Latino.

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Lerner Faculty Affiliate Andrew London Publishes New Study in SSM-Population Health

Lerner Faculty Affiliate Andrew London has published a new study in SSM-Population Health entitled “Depression and mental health service use among 12-17-year-old U.S. adolescents: Associations with current parental and sibling military service”. The study shows that adolescents who have a sibling currently serving in the military are an at-risk population for major depressive disorder and potentially other mental and behavioral health problems.

Read the entire paper here.

Lerner Faculty Affiliate Scott Landes quoted in California News-Times article

Scott Landes was quoted in the California News-Times article “California COVID vaccine mandate extends to aides for people with disabilities.”

Studies show that people with intellectual or developmental disabilities often have an underlying health condition. Make them more sensitive Accomplice.

“And when they are diagnosed with covid-19, they are about two to three times more likely to die of the disease,” he said. Scott Landes, Associate Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Citizenship and Public Relations, Syracuse University.

Landes said The case seems to depend on two variables: The amount of face-to-face intimate care required by existing conditions and people with developmental disabilities.

“This really makes sense for covid,” he said. “If you have a caregiver right next to you all day long, it will increase your chances of getting sick.”

Lerner Faculty Affiliates Catherine Garcia, Marc Garcia publish article in The Gerontological Society of America.

Faculty Affiliates Marc Garcia and Catherine Garcia recently published a new paper entitled “Age Patterns in Self-Reported Cognitive Impairment among Older Latino Subgroups and Non-Latino Whites in the U.S., 1997 to 2018: Implications for Public Health Policy” with The Gerontological Society of America. The results underscore the importance of differentiating between unique Latino subpopulations when studying population-level trends in cognitive function. Read the paper here:…/geroni/igab039/6375379…

Lerner Faculty Affiliate Amy Schwartz and colleagues secure $3.5 million NIH funding

Lerner Center Faculty Affiliate Amy Schwartz is the Principal Investigator on a new $3.5 million grant funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research. The project: “COVID-19, Vaccinations and School/Community Resources: Children’s Longitudinal Health and Education Outcomes using Linked Administrative Data” will examine how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted children’s health and education in NYC over time, using a set of linked administrative data from multiple domains and including all children enrolled in the public school system. The study will determine how racial/ethnic and income disparities were affected, investigate the effects of vaccine availability and uptake, and explore the role of school and neighborhood resources in shaping outcomes and disparities. Michah Rothbart, Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at SU, is a Co-Investigator on the project.

Lerner Graduate Fellow Yue Sun and Lerner Center Director Shannon M. Monnat publish new paper in the Journal of Rural Health

Lerner Graduate Fellow Yue Sun and Lerner Center Director Shannon M. Monnat have a new paper published in the Journal of Rural Health. The paper, “Rural-Urban and Within-Rural Differences in COVID-19 Vaccination Rates” describes rural-urban differences in COVID-19 vaccination rates across U.S. counties and explains the main contributions to those differences. The authors find that as of August 11, 45.8% of adults in rural counties had been fully vaccinated, compared to 59.8% in urban counties. Average vaccination rates declined with increasing levels of rurality. Lower rural rates are explained by a combination of lower educational attainment and higher Trump vote share. Within rural counties, vaccination rates are lowest in farming and mining-dependent counties and highest in recreation-dependent counties, with differences explained by a combination of educational attainment, health care infrastructure, and Trump vote share.

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Lerner Chair and Director Shannon Monnat, colleagues awarded $1.9 million dollar NIDA grant

Syracuse University’s Shannon Monnat(PI), Jennifer Karas Montez (co-I), Doug Wolf (co-I), and Emily Wiemers (co-I) along with colleague David Wheeler from VCU were awarded a 1.9 million dollar grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The overarching objective of the project is to identify how the policies U.S. states enacted to combat the spread and adverse effects of COVID-19 may have affected psychological health and mortality from drug overdose and suicide among working-age and older adults in both the immediate and longer terms. The project will provide novel large-scale data on adult COVID-19 experiences and wellbeing and use the variation in policy responses across states to shed light on which policies and combinations of policies are consequential for adult psychological health and related mortality, the mechanisms through which policies affect those outcomes, and the population subgroups that are disproportionately affected. The overall findings will be essential for informing optimal policy responses in future pandemics.

Lerner Faculty Affiliate Dessa Bergen-Cico Granted NSF Funding to Support Recovery from Opioid Use Disorder

Dessa Bergen-Cico, professor Public Health is the co-principal investigator along with principal investigator Asif Salekin, assistant professor  Electrical Engineering and Computer Science on a novel grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) titled Psychophysiological Sensing to Enhance Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Self-Regulation of Opioid Cravings. This study aims to support recovery from opioid use disorder (OUD), a leading public health problem in the U.S. Dr Bergen-Cico and Dr. Salekin will lead the development of wearable physiological sensing technologies that will help identify individual predictors of craving and relapse risk while also teaching participants how to use mindfulness-based practices to manage cravings and reduce neurophysiological responses associated with stress and relapse risks.  You can read a more detailed description here