January 2022 Newsletter

January Research Briefs

January 11: What Do Epidemic History and Sexual Minority Men’s Experiences of HIV and COVID-19 Teach Us About Pandemic Preparedness?
Author(s): Amy Braksmajer and Andrew S. London

January 18Latinos Report Higher Rates of Cognitive Impairment than U.S.-Born Whites, But Rates Vary Between Latino SubgroupsAuthor(s): Claire B. Pendergrast, Marc A. García, and Catherine García

January 24Fitness, Parks, and Active Transportation Organizations Support Community Recovery and Physical Activity After Disasters
Author(s): Claire B. Pendergrast, Scott Miles, Youngjun Choe, and Nicole Errett

In the News

Assistant Professor Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern

Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern was quoted in the article “Our Food Supply Chain Is Broken. Here’s How To Fix It.” The article is part of a Healthline Future of Health series, with features on breakthrough innovations and technologies shaping the future of health in healthcare tech, wellness innovation and climate sustainability.

Professor Kevin Antshel

Kevin Antshel was interviewed for the Voice of America – VOA article “Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Ever End?” on the mental health effects of the ongoing pandemic.


The Lerner Center was awarded a renewal grant by the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation for their project: “Implementing Plans of Safe Care for Pregnant Women and Mothers with Substance Use Disorders.” The project aims to increase health provider education surrounding the successful development of Plans of Safe Care (POSC) for mothers with addiction and babies who were exposed to drugs prior to birth.

The project has three aims 1) provide education and outreach to increase provider knowledge about the purpose, benefits, and components of POSC, 2) increase provider commitment to and uptake of POSC, and 3) collect feedback from workshop attendees on barriers to implementing POSC to inform a recommendation to NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports and Children and Family Services that outlines necessary technical assistance.

Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion is the Principal Investigator. Alexandra Punch, the Associate Director of the Lerner Center, is a Co-Investigator on this project. Crouse Chemical Dependency will be a partner organization in project development and implementation. To read the news release and see the full list of grantees, click here.

Publications & Research

Amy Ellen Schwartz co-authored “Examining the Link Between Gentrification, Children’s Egocentric Food Environment, and Obesity,” part of the Center for Policy Research’s Working Paper Series.
 Bhavneet Walia‘s co-authored article “Increased reliance on physician assistants: an access-quality tradeoff?” was published in the Journal of Market Access & Health Policy.
 Health Affairs published Jennifer Karas Montez’s co-authored article “Addressing Health Equity in the New Preemption Era.”  
Marc A. Garcia co-authored “Rural/Urban Dwelling across the Life-Course and Late-Life Cognitive Ability in Mexico” in SSM – Population Health.
Rachel Fabi and colleagues authored “Advancing COVID Vaccination Equity at Federally Qualified Health Centers: a Rapid Qualitative Review,” published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Claire Pendergrast co-authored the forthcoming publication “Perspectives of Fitness, Parks, and Active Transportation Organizations on Factors Influencing Physical Activity and Wellbeing During Disaster Recovery” in the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters.


Bhavneet Walia will present as part of a panel for the World Health Organization’s virtual webinar: “Are we doing enough to protect adolescent girls and women of reproductive age from the harm caused by worm infections?” on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at 08:00 AM Eastern Time. Register to attend here.