September 2020
CHAS eNews
Longitudinal Effects of Paternal Incarceration and Coparenting Relationships on Sons' Educational Outcomes
More than half of the 1.5 million people in federal and state correctional facilities have children under the age of 18, with many of these incarcerated parents being fathers of color. Expanding on recent literature in this field, Waldo E. Johnson Jr. (Deputy Dean of SSA Curriculum and Associate Professor at SSA) and other researchers examined how coparenting relationships might lessen the long-term harmful effects of paternal incarceration on children's education outcomes. Using longitudinal data provided from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, they examined coparenting relationships of 3,558 children as they aged. The study found that paternal incarceration had consistent negative effects on sons’ education outcomes. While coparenting relationships did not have a significant direct influence on sons’ education outcomes, coparenting did decrease the effect that paternal incarceration had on sons' educational outcomes. The study emphasizes the importance of communication and agreement between coparents and calls for intervention policy and practice that promote enhanced coparenting strategies and encourage continued African American parental engagement in the academic progress and achievement of their children. Read the full study and findings in the link below.
To What Extent are Democrat-led and Republican-led States Different or Similar in Their Policy Responses to the Opioid Epidemic?
At the same time that the Affordable Care Act was being met with strong opposition by Republican-led states, the opioid epidemic was growing substantially across the country. Given the widespread social and economic devastation that has resulted from the crisis, some suggest it represents an area of bipartisanship. In research supported by CHAS, Colleen Grogan (CHAS Co-Director, GPHAP Academic Director, and SSA Professor), Harold Pollack (CHAS Co-Director and Helen Ross Professor at SSA), Christina Andrews (SSA alumnus and upcoming Michael M. Davis Lecturer), and Bikki Tran Smith (SSA PhD graduate) address the question: To what extent are Democrat-led and Republican-led states different or similar in their responses to the opioid epidemic? To assess state-level policy responses to the issue, they conducted a legislative analysis across all 50 states, an online survey of 50 state Medicaid agencies, and in-depth case studies with policy stakeholders. Their research found that conservative states pursue hidden and targeted Medicaid expansions and legislative initiatives that are valuable, but do not include treatment options for opioid use disorder. Furthermore, Republican-led states spend considerably less to combat the opioid epidemic than Democrat-led states that adopted the ACA Medicaid expansion. While targeted expansion and state-level retrenchment has enabled conservatives to avoid political blame for the opioid epidemic, it has failed to address the ongoing crisis and left many Americans in their states without access to life-saving treatment. Please follow the article link below to read the full study and findings.

Colleen M. Grogan, PhD
The University of Chicago
10/6/2020 @ 12:30 pm CDT

Christina Andrews, PhD, MSW
University of South Carolina
10/13/2020 @ 12:30 pm CDT

Susan Stone, PhD
University of California, Berkeley
10/20/2020 @ 12:30 pm CDT

Prachi Sanghavi, PhD
The University of Chicago
10/27/2020 @ 12:30 pm CDT

11/3/2020: No lecture.

Jonathan Ozik, PhD
Argonne National Laboratory
11/10/2020 @ 12:30 pm CDT

Robert Kaestner, PhD, MA
The University of Chicago
11/17/2020 @ 12:30 pm CDT
Invisible Visits: Black Middle-Class Women in the American Healthcare System
Dr. Tina Sacks, AM ’98, PhD ’13 Assistant Professor
School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley
Surgeon General of California; Author of The Deepest Well; CEO/Founder of the Center for Youth Wellness
The Importance of Community Asset Mapping, Medical Integration with Social Sciences, and Youth Involvement
Dr. Stacy Lindau, PhD
Professor, Department of Medicine, UChicago Medicine and CIO/Founder of NowPow
Michael M. Davis eLecture Series Returns in Just 3 Weeks!
Each academic semester, the Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS) sponsors the Michael M. Davis Lecture Series which brings renowned policy experts, researchers, and commentators to the University of Chicago to explore the intersection of health policy and the broad needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. The Autumn series will run from October 6th to November 17th and all eLectures will be hosted via Zoom to ensure everyone can attend safely. The first eLecture is just a few weeks away, so register now and mark your calendars! For more information, visit our website and refer to "Upcoming eLectures" featured in this newsletter.