July 2021 Newsletter

July Research Briefs

July 8: Presence of Large Racial-Ethnic Differences in ADHD Prevalence among U.S. Children
Author(s): Ashlyn W.W.A Wong

July 13: The Kids Cook Monday Program Can Help Reduce Child Obesity
Author(s): Mary Katherine Schutt

July 20: Flood Risk is Higher in Rural and Disadvantaged Communities
Authors(s): Danielle Rhubart, Yue Sun

July 27: Most States Effectively Enroll Racial-Ethnic Minority Older Adults in Community-Based Aging Services, but Gaps Remain
Author(s): Erin Bisesti, Claire Pendergrast

In the News

Madonna Harrington Meyer was featured in the New York Times article, “How to Have a Fun, Multigenerational Family Vacation.”

Assistant Professor Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern

Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern was interviewed on the Cultivating Justice: A Quest Towards Racial Equity Podcast. Listen to the episode “Communicating the Inequities in the Pathway between Food Producers and Consumers.

Associate Professor Shannon Monnat

Shannon Monnat was interviewed for The Associated Press story: “US overdose deaths hit record 93,000 in pandemic last year.” It was picked up by more than 700 outlets, including The Washington Post, CNBC, USA Today, Fox News, New York Post, NBC News, ABC News and CBS News.

Monnat was interviewed on NBCLX about the increase in drug overdoses in 2020. Her interview starts at 14:30. She was also featured on ‘CBS News Special: America Changed Forever’ where she spoke about how the COVID-19 pandemic influenced drug-related deaths in 2020.


Professor of Sociology Jennifer Karas Montez

Congratulations to Jennifer Karas Montez, who was elected to a 3-year term on the Board of Directors for the Interdisciplinary Association of Population Health Science.

Karas Montez and colleagues also received an Honorable Mention for the 2021 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship in Population Award of the American Sociological Association Section on Population, for the paper Montez et al, 2020,“US State Policies, Politics, and Life Expectancy” published in The Milbank Quarterly.

Associate Professor Shannon Monnat

Congratulations to Lerner Chair Shannon Monnat, who received the 2020-21 Excellence in Research Award from the Rural Sociological Society. The purpose of the award is to recognize an RSS member who has made outstanding contributions to rural-oriented research and/or theory.

Shannon also coauthored a paper, “The Opioid Hydra: Understanding Overdose Mortality Epidemics and Syndemics Across the Rural-Urban Continuum” that won the 2021 Fred Buttel Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award from the Rural Sociological Society. The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the form of a book or article that advances the field of rural sociological knowledge.

Publications & Research

Colleen Heflin Portrait

Colleen Heflin and colleagues published new research titled Hypertension, Diabetes and Medication Adherence among the Older Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program Population (SNAP) in the Journal of Applied Gerontology.

Lerner Fellow Xiaoyan (Amanda) Zhang

Xiaoyan Zhang and colleagues published a paper titled Intergenerational Emotional Cohesion and Psychological Well-being of Older Adults in Rural China: A Moderated Mediation Model of Loneliness and Friendship Ties in the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.

Lerner Graduate Research Affiliate Austin McNeil Brown

Austin McNeill Brown coauthored a paper, Identity Transformation Through Substance Use Disorder Recovery: Introducing the Six Stage Model, which was published in The Qualitative Report

Assistant Professor Danielle Rhubart

Danielle Rhubart Yue Sun published an article in Population and Environment titled “The Social Correlates of Flood Risk: Variation along the U.S. Rural-Urban Continuum.”

Assistant Professor Scott Landes

Scott Landes and Ashlyn W.W.A Wong published new research, “Expanding Understanding of Racial-Ethnic Differences in Adhd Prevalence Rates among Children to Include Asians and Alaskan Natives/American Indians,” in the Journal of Attention Disorders

Research Profile of the Month

Graduate Research Affiliate Claire Pendergrast

Claire Pendergrast was invited to testify at the New York State Senate’s Joint Public Hearing on “Nursing Home, Assisted Living, and Homecare Workforce – Challenges and Solutions” on July 27, 2021.

Here is the link for the hearing details, with video recording.

Here is the PDF written testimony.

Summary: Claire’s testimony summarized recent research on community-based aging services and highlighted the value of these services in supporting older adults’ health and wellbeing and reducing Medicaid costs by preventing avoidable health crises or nursing home placements. She also shared findings from her own recent work on New York’s Aging Network and the unique challenges of providing aging services and home care in the state’s rural communities. Her testimony highlighted recommendations to strengthen public support for older adults and the aging service organizations and home care workers whose work enables thousands of older New Yorkers to remain healthy and independent in their homes and communities.

Upcoming Events

33rd Annual Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture on Health Policy

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha will deliver the 33rd Annual Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture on Health Policy on Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 4:00pm – 5:30pm in the Dr. Paul and Natalie Strasser Legacy Room, 220 Eggers Hall.

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, is founder and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint, Michigan. She is the author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling book What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City. For more information on Dr. Hanna-Attisha, please visit www.prhspeakers.com.

About the Lourie Lecture
The Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture is jointly sponsored by Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the Central New York Community Foundation, Inc., and is administered by the Center for Policy Research and The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion.

Visit https://www.maxwell.syr.edu/lourie/ for more information.