The Lerner Center is a national expert in population and community health research, outreach, and education focused on the social, spatial, and structural determinants of physical, mental, and behavioral health. The Center was established in 2011 with a gift from Sid and Helaine Lerner. nbsp; Launched in February 2019, our Population Health Research Brief Series describes findings from recent population health research conducted by our Center affiliates and presents our experts’ perspectives on pressing population health issues affecting us locally, regionally, and nationally. The series specifically focuses on social, spatial, and structural determinants of physical, mental, and behavioral health. Sign up to receive the Population Health Research Brief Series.

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2022

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Plant-Centered Diets Among Older Adults: The Need for Improved Nutritional Health Messaging, Margaret Rose

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Nine Ways Grandparenting is Changing with the COVID-19 Pandemic, Madonna Harrington Meyer

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COVID-19 Has Reduced the Latino Mortality Advantage among Older Adults, Marc A. Garcia and Rogelio Sáenz

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Civil Rights, Firearm Safety, and Environmental Protection Policies Predict Better Health among U.S. Midlife Adults, Blakelee R. Kemp, Jacob M. Grumbach, and Jennifer Karas Montez

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Social Infrastructure (“Third Places”) is Not Distributed Equally Across the U.S., Danielle Rhubart, Yue Sun, Claire Pendergrast, and Shannon M. Monnat

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White COVID-19 Deaths Increased More in Red States Than in Blue States in 2021, Rogelio Sáenz and Marc A. Garcia

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Mental Health After Injury: How Neighborhoods Impact Recovery, Bryce Hruska, Maria Pacella-Labarbara, Ivan E. Castro, Richard L. George, and Douglas L. Delahanty

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Safe Consumption Sites are Critical to Reducing Drug Overdoses, Alexandra Punch

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Unhealthy Workplace Conditions Contribute to Physician Suicide, Mariah Brennan Nanni and Alexandra Punch

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Medical Visits Related to Firearm Injuries Increased During COVID-19, Rachel Chernet and Margaret K. Formica

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Rural Adults Report Worse COVID-19 Impacts than Urban Adults, Shannon M. Monnat

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COVID-19 Deaths Soared among U.S. Whites in 2021, Rogelio Saenz, Marc A. Garcia, and Claire Pendergrast

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Most Home-Delivered Meal Recipients with Dementia Receive Support from Friends and Family, but More Social Activity is Needed, Claire Pendergrast

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Aging and Disability Services are Unequally Distributed Across the United States, Claire Pendergrast and Danielle Rhubart

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Rural Working-Age Adults Report Worse Health than their Urban Peers, Shannon M. Monnat and Danielle Rhubart

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Fitness, Parks, and Active Transportation Organizations Support Community Recovery and Physical Activity After Disasters, Claire Pendergrast, Scott Miles, Youngjun Choe, and Nicole Errett

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Latinos Report Higher Rates of Cognitive Impairment than U.S.-Born Whites, But Rates Vary Between Latino Subgroups, Claire Pendergrast, Marc A. Garcia, and Catherine Garcia

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What Do Epidemic History and Sexual Minority Men’s Experiences of HIV and COVID-19 Teach Us About Pandemic Preparedness?, Amy Braksmajer and Andrew London

2021

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Reported Reasons for Avoiding the COVID-19 Vaccine Vary by Age, Kelsey Wilber

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Billions in COVID-19 Rental Assistance Fails to Reach Tenants, William Clay Fannin

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COVID-19 Has Had Devastating Economic Impacts on Older Black and Latinx Adults, Claire Pendergrast, Amy Thierry, and Marc A. Garcia

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Consistent SNAP Participation Increases Preventative Health Care Visits for Infants, Colleen Heflin, Irma A. Arteaga, and Julia Stafford

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The U.S. Should Expand Access to Dental Care for Older Adults, Madonna Harrington Meyer, Sarah Reilly, and Julia Finan

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Older Adults are More Likely to Avoid COVID-19 Information, Julia Nolte and Corinna Löckenhoff

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Rural Counties Lost More Years of Life than Urban Counties in 2020, Yue Sun

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Women Report Worse Employment Impacts from Family Caregiving, Claire Pendergrast

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How Are Parental and Sibling Military Service Related to Adolescent Depression and Mental Health Service Use?, Andrew London

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Do Minimum Charity Care Provision Requirements Increase Provision of Charity Care in Nonprofit Hospitals?, Michah W. Rothbart and Nara Yoon

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The U.S. Child Care Subsidy Program Is Underused but Well-Positioned to Promote Racial Equity, Taryn Morrissey, Colleen Heflin, and William Fannin

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The U.S. Must Invest More in the Child Care Subsidy Program, Taryn Morrissey, Colleen Heflin, and William Fannin

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Older Adult Vaccination Rates Lag in Rural Areas and the South, Claire Pendergrast and Yue Sun

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Why are COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Lower in Rural than in Urban areas of the U.S.?, Shannon M. Monnat and Yue Sun

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Elder Mistreatment is Pervasive in New York State, Karl Pillemer and David Burnes

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Strengthening SNAP and TANF is Essential to Support Children in Early Childhood, Colleen Heflin, Michah W. Rothbart, and Mattie Mackenzie-Liu

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Taking the Measure of Addiction Recovery: A Brief History of Recovery Capital, Austin Brown

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Proper Medication Adherence is a Challenge for Older SNAP Participants with Chronic Health Conditions, Colleen Heflin, Chinedum O. Ojinnaka, Irma Arteaga, and Lauryn Quick

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Working Parents Post Pandemic: Reimagining Remote Work after COVID-19, Austin Brown

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Most States Effectively Enroll Racial-Ethnic Minority Older Adults in Community-Based Aging Services, but Gaps Remain, Erin Bisesti and Claire Pendergrast

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Flood Risk is Higher in Rural and Disadvantaged Communities, Danielle Rhubart and Yue Sun

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The Kids Cook Monday Program Can Help Reduce Child Obesity, Mary Kate Schutt

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Presence of Large Racial-Ethnic Differences in ADHD Prevalence among U.S. Children, Ashlyn W.W.A Wong

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Domestic Violence is Prevalent among U.S. Adolescents and Young Adults, Mary E. Helander and Xiaoyan Zhang

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Staying at Home: How Well Did Americans Maintain Their Health Behaviors during COVID-19?, Michael Serrur and James Rose

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Pregnant Women with Substance Use Disorders Deserve Plans of Safe Care, Alexandra E. Punch and Monika Taylor

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How Can Communities Support Addiction Recovery?, Austin Brown

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Food Insecurity among Military and Veteran Families, Colleen Heflin

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How Should We Set Pandemic Capacity Limits for Restaurants and Bars?, Eric A. Schiff

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Building Back Healthier: The Role of Public Health in State Disaster Recovery Law, Claire Pendergrast and Nicole Errett

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Rates of Anxiety and Depression are High among Young Adults during COVID-19, Xiaoyan Zhang

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Motorcycle Fatality Rates Due to Head Injuries are Lower in States with Helmet Laws, Mary E. Helander

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Lyme Disease in the U.S.: Where is Risk Highest?, Mary E. Helander

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Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Educational Attainment Among Adults with Intellectual Disability, Erin Bisesti

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Adults with Income Loss During COVID-19 Have Higher Rates of Anxiety and Depression, Xiaoyan Zhang

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How Do Emergency Medical Service Workers Cope with Daily Stressors?, Bryce Hruska and Marley S. Barduhn

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Family Ties Protect against Opioid Misuse among U.S. Young Adults, Alexander Chapman, Ashton M. Verdery, and Shannon M. Monnat

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Battling the Public Health Harms of Tobacco Takes Time, Persistence, and Political Will: Reflecting on the New York State Clean Indoor Air Act of 2003, Mary E. Helander

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Introducing the Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) Age-at-Death Data Tracker, Scott Landes, Nader Mehri, and Janet Wilmoth

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New York State’s Counties Have Different Trends in Population Aging, Nader Mehri

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More Uncertainty Leads to Less Accuracy on Death Certificates for Adults with Intellectual Disability, Erin Bisesti and Scott D. Landes

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Stroke: Identifying Symptoms and Acting Fast to Save Lives and Prevent Permanent Disabilities, Mary E. Helander, Bernard Appiah, and Miriam Mutambudzi

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The Public Good, Bad Policies, and Tough Times: When Profit and Public Interests Collide, Austin McNeill Brown and Shannon M. Monnat

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Oral Health Is Important, but How Important?, Alexander G. Dengel

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Unmet Needs are Associated with Increased Stress and Poor Physical and Mental Health in Early Adulthood, Colleen Heflin, Katie Green, Ying Huang, and Asiya Validova

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Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Development Increased Income for Rural Pennsylvania Families, but Youth Obesity Rates Remained High, Molly A. Martin

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Area Agencies on Aging Provide Crucial Support for Older New Yorkers During COVID-19, Claire Pendergrast

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Wastewater Testing Shows that Pharmaceutical and Illicit Drug Use are Higher in Places where COVID-19 is More Prevalent, Kerrie Marshall, Arik Palileo, Eric Schiff, and Teng Zeng

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Expanding Public Insurance Eligibility Increases Substance Use Treatment Provider Acceptance of Public Insurance and Increases Adolescent Access to Treatment, Sarah Hamersma and Catherine Maclean

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Anxious Times and Anxiety Drugs, Noah Atlas and Austin McNeill Brown

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The Sugar Industry Gets Rich and We Get Sick, Mary Katherine A. Schutt and Shannon M. Monnat

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Allowing Cities to Raise the Minimum Wage Could Prevent Hundreds of Infant Deaths Annually, Douglas A. Wolf, Shannon M. Monnat, and Jennifer Karas Montez

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Self-Esteem and Long-term Recovery from Substance Use Disorders, Mariah Brennan Nanni and Austin McNeill Brown

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COVID-19 Risk for Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities Varies by Type of Residential Setting, Ashlyn W.W.A. Wong and Scott D. Landes

2020

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Progress in Closing the Age-at-Death Disparity for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Scott D. Landes

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Less Worthy Lives? We Must Prioritize People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation, Scott D. Landes, Margaret A. Turk, Katherine E. McDonald, and Maya Sabatello

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The Mental Health Toll of COVID-19, Xiaoyan Zhang

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Health is Political: Public Health Practitioners and Researchers Should be Trained Accordingly, Claire Pendergrast

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COVID-19 Reduced Outpatient Visits by up to 70% in the US, Pinka Chatterji and Yue Li

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There are Large Disparities between U.S. States in Cardiovascular Mortality among Adults aged 55 and Older, Nader Mehri

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Flooding Negatively Affects Health and Rural America is Not Immune, Danielle Rhubart

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The U.S. Rural Mortality Penalty is Wide and Growing, Shannon M. Monnat

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Physical Health Impacts of Grandparenting Children with Disabilities, Ynesse Abdul-Malak and Madonna Harrington Meyer

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Child Injuries and the Timing of SNAP Benefits Receipt, Colleen Heflin, Irma Arteaga, Jean Felix Ndashimye, and Matthew P. Rabbitt

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COVID-19 Trends Among Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Living in Residential Group Homes in New York State through July 10, 2020, Scott D. Landes, Margaret A. Turk, Margaret K. Formica, and Katherine E. McDonald

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Rural COVID-19 Mortality Rates are Highest in Counties with the Largest Percentages of Blacks and Hispanics, Kent Jason G. Cheng, Yue Sun, and Shannon M. Monnat

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Many Older Americans Do Not Receive the Recommended Home Health Care After Hospitalization, Jun Li, Mingyu Qi, and Rachel M. Werner

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Does Proximity to Fast Food Increase the Incidence of Childhood Obesity?, Jeehee Han, Amy Ellen Schwartz, and Brian Elbel

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A Call to Revitalize Mental Health Wellness Practices for Black, Indigenous, & College Students of Color, Tyra Jean

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‘Walk with a Doc’™ Gets Rural Madison County Moving Together, Mary Kate Schutt

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Health and Profit in Student Housing during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Austin McNeill Brown

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The Collapse of Health Care: The Effects of COVID-19 on U.S. Community Health Centers, Ashley Van Slyke

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Conservative State Policies Damage U.S. Life Expectancy, Jennifer Karas Montez

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Housing Insecurity During the Coronavirus Response, Lauryn Quick and Colleen Heflin

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Food Insufficiency During the Coronavirus Response, Lauryn Quick and Colleen Heflin

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The Public Health Crisis of Law Enforcement’s Over-Use of Force, Mary E. Helander and Austin McNeill Brown

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The Influence of Military Service Experiences on Current and Daily Drinking, Andrew S. London, Janet M. Wilmoth, William J. Oliver, and Jessica A. Hausauer

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“Right to Work” and Life or Death for Georgia Teachers, Austin McNeill Brown

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Disparities in Vulnerability to Severe Complications from COVID-19 in the United States, Emily E. Wiemers, Scott Abrahams, Marwa AlFakhri, V. Joseph Holtz, Robert F. Schoeni, and Judith A. Seltzer

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America’s Legacy of Redlining: State-Sponsored Segregation and Disenfranchisement of Urban Minority Communities, Ashley Van Slyke

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Digital Disinformation Is a Threat to Public Health, Austin McNeill Brown

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Rural Ohio Faces High Health Risk during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Danielle Rhubart, Shannon M. Monnat, and Yue Sun