October 2021 Newsletter

October Research Briefs

October 5: Older Adult Vaccination Rates Lag in Rural Areas and the South
Author(s): Claire Pendergrast, Yue Sun

October 12:
Brief: The U.S. Child Care Subsidy Program Is Underused but Well-Positioned to Promote Racial Equity
Data Slice: The U.S. Must Invest More in the Child Care Subsidy Program
Author(s): Taryn Morrissey, Colleen Heflin, William Clay

October 19Do Minimum Charity Care Provision Requirements Increase Nonprofit Hospital Performance
Author(s): Michah W. Rothbart, Nara Yoon

October 26How Are Parental and Sibling Military Service Related to Adolescent Depression and Mental Health Service Use?
Author(s): Andrew London

In the News

Professor Scott Landes
Scott Landes was quoted in a Kaiser Health Network story: “California Vaccine Mandate Extends to Aides for People With Disabilities“. The article was a follow-up to a report last month highlighting that the majority of people in CA with developmental disabilities living outside of licensed congregate settings were not protected by health care worker COVID vaccine mandates.
Research by Shannon Monnat and Yue Sun on why COVID vaccination rates are lower in rural areas was quoted in a Capital & Main story “Rural Clinics and Hospitals Bear the Brunt of COVID Misinformation.”


Professor of Sociology Jennifer Karas Montez
Congratulations to Jennifer Karas-Montez on being named University Professor! The appointment is a prestigious distinction granted to faculty who excel in their fields and who have made extraordinary scholarly contributions as judged by their peers nationally and internationally. Read more about the distinction and an interview with Jennifer.
Amy Ellen Schwartz, along with Co-Investigator Michah Rothbart, is the Principal Investigator on a grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research: COVID-19, Vaccinations and School/Community Resources: Children’s Longitudinal Health and Education Outcomes using Linked Administrative Data. Read more about the project below in the Research Profile of the Month.

Publications & Research

Andrew London published in SSM – Population Health new research finding sibling and parent ties to current military service members affect teen depression and health care use in different ways: “Depression and mental health service use among 12–17 year old U.S. adolescents: Associations with current parental and sibling military service.”
Assistant Professor Scott Landes
Scott Landes co-authored “Age differences in allostatic load among veterans: The importance of combat exposure” in the Journal of Traumatic Stress.


Associate Professor Shannon Monnat
Shannon Monnat presented “Trends and Differentials in Midlife Mortality in the U.S.,” part of a virtual session examining an alarming increase in mortality among older working-age Americans after decades of progress at the APHA’s Annual Meeting.

also presented at the Annual Meeting of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS): “The Roles of Drugs, Alcohol, and Suicide in Changing Patterns of Working-Age Mortality,” part of the panel Dying too Soon: Findings from the National Academy of Sciences Consensus Study on High and Rising Mortality Rates among Working-Age Adults.
Graduate Research Affiliate Claire Pendergrast
Claire Pendergrast has several upcoming presentations:

For the Gerontological Society of America’s Annual Scientific Meeting Online, Claire is co-chairing an ESPO and Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section Symposium on Friday, November 12 from 12:00-1:30 pm entitled “It’s a Practice, Not an End State: Centering Equity in Gerontological Research and Policy” and her poster presentation “How Lonely are Older Americans Act National Family Caregiver Support Program Participants?” will be available on-demand to attendees.

Thursday Morning Roundtable Aging and At Home Care in CNY via Zoom on November 4 from 8:00-9:00 am and broadcast on WCNY-FM on November 7 at 8:00 pm.