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Perspectives in Global Development: Fall 2022 Seminar Series

The U.S. rural mortality penalty is wide and growing. This talk will present an overview of trends in rural and urban mortality rates since 1990, identify where rates have increased the most, discuss the major causes of death that have contributed to the increasing rural mortality penalty, and discuss some potential explanations for these trends. With this longer-term context in mind, the presentation will move into a discussion of two contemporary population health crises –the drug overdose crisis and COVID-19 –and discuss their differential impacts across the U.S. rural-urban continuum.

About the speaker

Dr. Shannon Monnat is the Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, Director of the Center for Policy Research, Co-Director of the Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab, and Professor of Sociology in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Monnat is a demographer and population health scholar whose research examines trends and geographic differences in health and mortality, with a special interest in rural health and health disparities. She is a leading national expert on structural and spatial determinants of drug overdose. Her most recent research has focused on geographic differences in COVID-19 experiences and impacts. She has authored nearly 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 50 book chapters and research briefs. Her research has been featured in several media outlets, including CNN, NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Atlantic. She recently served on a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine consensus committee that produced a report on high and rising working-age mortality rates in the U.S. Monnat has been the PI or Co-Investigator on over $10 million in external research funding, including from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Justice, United States Department of Agriculture, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Institute for New Economic Thinking. She is currently the PI on an NIH-funded project to examine the effects of state’s COVID-19 mitigation policies on working-age adult psychological wellbeing, drug overdose, and suicide. Monnat received her PhD in Sociology from the University at Albany.

About the seminar series

The Perspectives in Global Development seminars are held Wednesdays from 12:25 – 1:15 p.m. eastern time during the semester. The series will be presented in a hybrid format with some speakers on campus and others appearing via Zoom. All seminars are shown in Warren 151. Students, faculty and the general public are welcome to attend. The series is co-sponsored by the Department of Global Development, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and the School of Integrative Plant Science as part of courses GDEV 4961, AEM 4961, NTRES 4961, GDEV 6960, AEM 6960, and NTRES 6960. 

Date & Time

October 26, 2022
12:25 pm - 1:15 pm

Speaker, Dr. Shannon Monnat

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Jenna LaMendola

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Department of Global Development

Natural Resources and the Environment

School of Integrative Plant Science

Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

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