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2021

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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, Lauren Quick and Colleen Heflin

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Food Insufficiency During the Coronavirus Response, Lauren 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

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High COVID-19 Mortality Risk in Pennsylvania’s Rural Counties, Raeven Faye Chandler, Shannon M. Monnat, and Yue Sun

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New York’s Recovery Drove National COVID-19 Case Reduction, Sarah Hamersma

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Preventing Heat-Related Fatalities during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Danielle Rhubart

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Increased COVID-19 Risk for Adults with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability Living in Residential Group Homes, Scott D. Landes

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New York State’s Rural Counties Have Higher COVID-19 Mortality Risk, Shannon M. Monnat and Yue Sun

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There are Multiple and Geographically Distinct Opioid Crises in the U.S., Shannon M. Monnat

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Stories from the Frontlines of the COVID-19 Response in New York, Ashley Van Slyke

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Homelessness during COVID-19: Understanding and Preventing Risk of Virus Spread in this Vulnerable Population, Ashley Van Slyke

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Major Causes of Death among Adults with Down Syndrome, Scott D. Landes

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Black Lives Matter: Police Brutality in the Era of COVID-19, Tyra Jean

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Workers with Disabilities May Remain Unemployed Long after the COVID-19 Pandemic, Jennifer D. Brooks

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COVID-19, Anxiety, and Depression: Evidence from the U.S. Household Pulse Survey, Xiaoyan Zhang

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Accidental Drownings are Predictable and Preventable, Mary E. Helander, Margaret K. Formica, and Alexandra Punch

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The Health Consequences of Riot Control Methods, Austin McNeill Brown

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This World is Exhausting, don’t Let it Exhaust You: Setting Emotional Boundaries to Prevent Fatigue, Mary Kate Schutt

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Protecting your Mental Health during COVID-19, Ashley Van Slyke

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Aging-in-Place Organizations are Key to Building Disaster Resilience for Older Adults, Claire Pendergrast

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Screen Media use is Higher among Preschool Children from More Chaotic Homes, Jennifer A. Emon and Sara E. Benjamin-Neelon

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Gender Disparities in Caretaking during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Danielle Rhubart

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Breaking Isolation: Self Care for When Coronavirus Quarantine Ends, Dessa Bergen-Cico

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COVID-19 Mortality Rates are Higher among People with Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Scott D. Landes

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Why Monitoring your Media Consumption during COVID-19 is Important, Dessa Bergen-Cico

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A Public Health Side Effect of the Coronavirus Pandemic: Screen Time-Related Eye Strain and Eye Fatigue, Mary E. Helander, Stephanie A. Cushman, and Shannon M. Monnat

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Economic Hardship during Childhood Increases the Risk of Premature Death Later in Life, Blakelee R. Kemp

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The Stories behind the Struggle: A Closer Look at First Experiences with Opioid Misuse, Khary K. Rigg, Shannon M. Monnat, Katherine McLean, Ashton Verdery, and Glenn Sterner

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Let Them Eat Lunch: The Impact of Universal Free Meals on Student Performance, Amy Ellen Schwartz and Michah W. Rothbart

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A Tale of Two Statistics: Has Unemployment among Adults with Disabilities Really Declined?, Jennifer D. Brooks

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Making Meaning during Coronavirus, Mary Kate Schutt

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Grandmothers at Work during Coronavirus, Madonna Harrington Meyer

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Risky Business: Recognizing the Flaws of Employer-Based Health Insurance during COVID-19, Austin McNeill Brown and Mariah Brennan Nanni

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COVID-19 and Pneumonia: Increased Risk for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities during the Pandemic, Scott D. Landes, Dalton Stevens, and Margaret A. Turk

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How to Help Children Develop Emotional Resilience during Coronavirus, Xiaoyan Zhang and Mary Kate Schutt

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Potential Impacts of COVID-19 on Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disability: A Call for Accurate Cause of Death Reporting, Dalton Stevens and Scott D. Landes

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Geographic Disparities in COVID-19 Testing: An Urgent Call to Action, Shannon M. Monnat and Kent Jason G. Cheng

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The Gig is Up: Supporting Non-Standard Workers Now and After Coronavirus, Tyra Jean

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Tips for Communicating with Older Adults about COVID-19, Claire Pendergrast

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COVID-19 Testing Rates are Lower in States with More Black and Poor Residents, Shannon M. Monnat and Kent Jason G. Cheng

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Truly Promoting Diversity on College Campuses Means Supporting Persons in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders, Austin McNeill Brown

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COVID-19 is a Major Risk to New York State’s Older Veterans, Mariah Brennan Nanni and Mary Helander

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New York State’s Older Adults in Assisted Living Facilities Need All of Us to Help Them Avoid the Coronavirus, Mary Helander and Claire Pendergrast

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COVID-19 Cases are Clustered in Large Urban Hubs, but Rural Areas Surrounding those Hubs are Also Increasingly Affected, Yue Sun

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Why Coronavirus Could Hit Rural Areas Harder, Shannon M. Monnat

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Unhealthier States have Lower COVID-19 Testing Rates, Kent Jason G. Cheng

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Staying Safe and Healthy During Coronavirus Response: A Guide for Older Adults, Claire Pendergrast and Mary Helander

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Mobilization of the Substance Use Disorder Recovery Community in the time of Coronavirus, Austin McNeill Brown

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COVID-19: Playing the Long Game for your Mental Health, Mary Kate Schutt

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As Schools Close due to the Coronavirus, Mental Health Care for Children Must be Protected, Xiaoyan Zhang

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The Spatial Distribution of New York State’s Older Population: Let’s Keep New York’s Older Adults Safe and Healthy during the Coronavirus Pandemic, Mary E. Helander

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The Gender Gap in Alcohol Deaths is Much Larger in Some States than Others, Erin Bisesti

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SNAP Participation is Associated with Reduced Risk of Premature Mortality among U.S. Adults, Colleen Heflin, Samuel Ingram, and James Ziliak

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“He’s Not Marrying my Daughter”: Stigma against People in Recovery from Substance Use Disorder, Austin McNeill Brown

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Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health is Better in States that Mandate More School Mental Health Policies, Stephanie Spera and Shannon M. Monnat

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Prenatal Care for Undocumented Immigrants: Implications for Policy, Practice, and Ethics, Rachel Fabi

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New York State’s Population is Aging: Will Communities Be Ready?, Claire Pendergrast

2019

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DeStress for Success: Improving Student Mental Health with a New Healthy Monday Program, Mary Kate Schutt

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Our Female Veterans Deserve Better Healthcare, Mariah Brennan Nanni

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Child Poverty Has Been Declining in Single-Mother Families, but the Gap Remains Large, Xiaoyan Zhang

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We Need to Change the Language we use to Describe Individuals with Substance Use Issues, Austin McNeill Brown

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Results from the SU Health & Wellness Goal Survey, Shannon M. Monnat, Mary Kate Schutt, Ashley Van Slyke, and Alexandra Punch

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The U.S. Has a Serious Shortage of Affordable Housing, Especially for Younger and Older Adults, Sarah Mawhorter