May Research Briefs
May 4: Motorcycle Fatality Rates Due to Head Injuries are Lower in States with Helmet Laws
Author(s): Mary “Emmy” Helander
May 11: Rates of Anxiety and Depression are High among Young Adults during COVID-19
Author(s): Xiaoyan Zhang
May 18: Building Back Healthier: The Role of Public Health in State Disaster Recovery Law
Author(s): Claire Pendergrast, Nicole Errett
May 20: How Should We Set Pandemic Capacity Limits for Restaurants and Bars?
Author(s): Eric A. Schiff
May 25: Food Insecurity among Military and Veteran Families
Author(s): Colleen Heflin
In the News
Claire Pendergrast’s research brief was featured in Hudson Valley 360: NYSOF recognizes the Aging Services Network efforts to assist older New Yorkers and their families during pandemic.
Bhavneet Walia’s research was featured by the WHO (Deworming women during pregnancy has a positive effect on child survival and health) and Medical Press (The doctor will see you (on the computer) now: Telehealth’s time has come).
Doug Wolf was interviewed by CNY Central about his study with Shannon Monnat and Jennifer Karas Montez finding that raising minimum wage could save lives.
Kevin Heffernan was a recipient of a 2021 Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award from the Syracuse University Graduate School.
Publications & Presentations
Scott Landes, Margaret Formica, and colleauges published a paper titled Covid-19 Outcomes among People with Intellectual and Developmental Disability Living in Residential Group Homes in New York State. Landes & colleagues also published a paper on COVID-19 case-fatality disparities among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Claire B. Pendergrast and Nicole A. Errett published a paper titled, Public Health Requirements and Authorities in State Statutory Disaster Recovery Law: A Cross-Sectional Legal Assessment in the Journal of Health Security.
Andrew London, Scott Landes, and Janet Wilmoth published new research on veteran mortality disadvantage.
Bhavneet Walia and colleagues published two papers, Routine deworming during antenatal care decreases risk of neonatal mortality and low birthweight: A retrospective cohort of survey data and U.S. physicians’ perspective on sudden shift to Telehealth: Physician Survey Study.
Kevin Heffernan and colleagues published a paper titled, Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Inflammation, and the Incident Risk of Pneumonia, in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention.
Janet Wilmoth and Andrew London coedited the book, “Life-Course Implications of U.S. Public Policies” (Routledge, 2021). Jennifer Karas Montez, Colleen M. Heflin, and Madonna Harrington Meyer contributed chapters.
Amy Ellen Schwartz and colleagues authored a paper, Global COVID-19 Student Survey: First wave results, in Issue 79 of Covid Economics: Vetted and Real-Time Papers.
Madonna Harrington Meyer will be keynote speaker for a virtual conference, Dynamics of Accumulated Inequalities for Seniors in Employment (DAISIE) on May 25-26, at Karlstad University, Sweden. The title of her talk is “Grandparenting Children with Disabilities: Impact on Work and Retirement.”
Additionally, Harrington Meyer will give a joint talk at the DAISIE conference titled “Financial Impacts of Caring for Grandchildren with Disabilities.”
Research Profile of the Month
Colleen Heflin testified before the U.S. Congress House Committee on Rules on March 27 on the issue of food insecurity among military and veteran families. The session: “Ending Hunger in America: Examining Hunger among Veteran and Military Families” was held to inform policymakers about the epidemic of food insecurity among veteran and military families.
Summary: By early April 2020, food insecurity rose to 21.9% among U.S. households – the highest rate ever recorded. Before COVID-19, about 1 in 7 military families experienced food insecurity. Data collected since COVID-19 hit the U.S. in early-2020 suggest that between 1 in 5 and 1 in 3 military families have experienced food insecurity in the last year. Food insecurity risk is also high among veterans, particularly disabled veterans. Food insecurity among soldiers is associated with lower likelihood of re-enlisting. Eligibility standards prevent many military families from accessing SNAP benefits.Several policy revisions are needed, including a change to SNAP eligibility guidelines for veterans and provision of transitional SNAP benefits to those leaving the military. Read Heflin’s research brief to learn more.