November 2021 Newsletter

November Research Briefs

November 2: Women Report Worse Employment Impacts from Family Caregiving
Author(s): Claire Pendergrast

November 9Rural Counties Lost More Years of Life than Urban Counties in 2020
Author(s): Yue Sun

November 16Older Adults are More Likely to Avoid COVID-19 Information
Author(s): Julia Nolte, Corinna Löckenhoff

November 23The U.S. Should Expand Access to Dental Care for Older Adults
Author(s): Madonna Harrington Meyer, Sarah Reilly, Julia Finan

November 30Consistent SNAP Participation Increases Preventative Health Care Visits for InfantsAuthor(s): Colleen Heflin, Irma A. Arteaga, Julia Stafford

In the News

Colleen Heflin Portrait

Colleen Heflin was quoted in the Associated Press (AP) story “Thousands of military families struggle with food insecurity.” The story was picked up by over 650 news outlets, including the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Seattle Times, and the Baltimore Sun.

Associate Professor Shannon Monnat

Shannon Monnat was quoted in a BBC News article, “US annual drug overdose deaths hit record levels,” examining the causes and potential solutions to the record number of drug overdose deaths over a year-long period during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Graduate Research Affiliate Claire Pendergrast

Congratulations to Graduate Fellow Claire Pendergrast! She was one of two winners of the Sociology Department Graduate Student Paper Award for her paper “There Was No ‘That’s Not My Job'”: New York Area Agencies on Aging Approaches to Supporting Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic published in the Journal of Applied GerontologyRead the award-winning paper.

Publications & Research

Professor Scott Landes

Scott Landes co-authored a publication in the Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine: “Cause of death trends among adults with and without cerebral palsy in the United States, 2013-2017.”

Andrew London co-authored a publication, “‘It’s History in the Making All Around Us’: Examining COVID-19 through the Lenses of HIV and Epidemic History.” The study was released in a special issue of Culture, Health & Sexuality: “Viral Times: Rethinking HIV and COVID-19.”


Graduate Research Affiliate Claire Pendergrast

Claire Pendergrast presented “Aging and At Home Care in Central New York” on November 4 as part of the Syracuse University Office of Community Engagement’s Thursday Morning RoundtableListen here.

Lerner Center Associate Director Alexandra Punch

Alexandra Punch presented, “The New York State Opioid Court Treatment Enhancement Project – Research and Evaluation,” at the 2021 Virtual Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) National Forum on November 17.

Associate Professor Shannon Monnat

Shannon Monnat presented:

“Rural Population Health Amidst Recent Public Health Crises: Drug Overdoses, COVID-19, and Longer-Term Mortality Trends”, part of Session 1: Sociocultural and Economic Determinants of Health in Rural Settings of the NIH’s Structural-Level Determinants of Health in Rural Disparities Seminar on National Rural Health Day, November 18.

“Rural Population Health in the Context of Drug Overdoses, COVID-19, and Longer-Term Health Crises,” on November 19, for the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research Fall Seminar Series.

Assistant Professor Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern

Laura-Anne Minkoff- Zern held a virtual book talk for the Hudson Valley Food Systems Coalition on her book, The New American Farmer: Immigration, Race, and the Struggle for Sustainability.