Population Health Research Brief Series

Lerner Affiliate, Colleen Heflin, quoted in Military Times article on military and veteran food insecurity

Colleen Heflin was recently quoted in a Military Times article after her congressional testimony Thursday, May 27, 2021, on military and veteran food insecurity.

There’s a clear need for more data about the problem, advocates said. “We suffer from a lack of systematic information about the level of food insecurity among active-duty members. This means we can’t identify and focus on the pockets of where it be higher than others,” said Heflin.

“If DoD collected systematic information and made it available on food insecurity and food assistance participation, this would identify the problem,” Heflin.

Read the full article here: https://www.militarytimes.com/pay-benefits/2021/05/27/a-national-outrage-lawmakers-seek-solutions-to-food-insecurity-in-military-veteran-families/

Read Dr. Heflin’s Issue Brief on the topic here: https://surface.syr.edu/lerner/137/

Faculty Affiliate, Amy Ellen Schwartz, published a paper in Issue 79 of Covid Economics: Vetted and Real-Time Papers

Amy Ellen Schwartz and colleagues published The Global COVID-19 Student Survey: First wave results, in Issue 79 of Covid Economics: Vetted and Real-Time Papers.

Some of their results show 26% of students had a family member experience job loss, 56% of those who had internship plans for the summer of 2020 had them cancelled, and 37% of those who had a job offer had it cancelled. With respect to education, 12% of students withdrew from at least one course, 41% were uncertain about coming back to school in the fall of 2020, and 83% expressed that the lack of contact with faculty or other students was challenging.

Lerner Affiliates Scott Landes, Andrew London, and Janet Wilmoth publish new research on veteran mortality disadvantage

Research consistently reports a veteran mortality disadvantage relative to nonveterans, but has not considered the contribution of service-connected disability to this differential. Lerner Affiliates Scott Landes, Andrew London, and Janet Wilmoth find that service-connected disability status accounts for some variation in, and may have a cumulative effect on, the veteran mortality disadvantage. Access the full article here.

Mary Helander’s data slice on lyme disease is featured in Pest Control Technology

Lerner Fellow Mary Helander

Lerner Graduate Fellow Mary “Emmy” Helander authored a data slice titled, Lyme Disease in the U.S.: Where is Risk Highest?, which was featured in this Pest Control Technology article. Some key takeaways are:

  • Over 30,000 Lyme disease cases are reported in the U.S. each year. 
  • Lyme disease incidence is highest in the Northeast and upper Midwest.
  • Clear, concise, consistent and ongoing public health messaging, in addition to accurate county and state-level reporting and surveillance, are key to combatting Lyme disease.