Population Health Research Brief Series
Lerner Postdoctoral Fellow Danielle Rhubart’s research on the gender disparities in caretaking was included in this article from Public Radio International. Her research finds that working mothers of young children cut down their hours four to five times more than working fathers. Read the Public Radio International Story and Rhubart’s brief Gender Disparities in Caretaking during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
A new paper by Sociology Professor Jennifer Karas Montez published this week in The Milbank Quarterly is garnering significant media attention. The paper, “US State Policies, Politics, and Life Expectancy” shows that changes in US state policies since the 1970s, particularly after 2010, have played an important role in the stagnation and recent decline in US life expectancy. Some US state policies appear to be key levers for improving life expectancy, such as policies on tobacco, labor, immigration, civil rights, and the environment. The authors estimate that U.S. life expectancy is estimated to be 2.8 years longer among women and 2.1 years longer among men if all U.S. states enjoyed the health advantages of states with more liberal policies, which would put U.S. life expectancy on par with other high‐income countries.
This research has been covered by:
- NPR/WAER: SU Maxwell Professor: State Policies Driving Gaps in Life Expectancy
- LA Times: People Live Longer in Blue States than Red
To read Karas Montez’s Lerner Center research brief that summarizes the study’s findings, click here: https://lernercenter.syr.edu/2020/08/04/rb-28/.
Research by Lerner Postdoctoral Scholar, Danielle Rhubart, was cited in this Dow Jones Marketwatch article about how much school closures will cost parents.
“Research also suggests that mothers aren’t just reducing their hours, they’re leaving their jobs to cope. Among women who said they were not working due to the pandemic, more than 16% said it was because they had to care for children not in school or daycare, according to a research brief from Syracuse University’s Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion. That’s compared to less than 5% of men.”
Lerner Center Research Affiliate Andrew London was interviewed in this Military.com article about his recent Lerner Center research brief on alcohol consumption among veterans with psychiatric disorders and traumatic brain injuries. The story was also printed by Yahoo.com. To read the brief, click below:
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