CAPS-CPR Conference

Conference Schedule

2024 Conference on U.S. State Policies, Population Health, and Aging
Hosted by the Center for Aging and Policy Studies and the Center for Policy Research
Date: May, 21, 2024 | Location: 220 Eggers Hall, Syracuse University

Registration is closed.

8:15-8:45  Continental Breakfast, Pick Up Name Badge & Conference Materials  
8:45-9:00  Welcome from CAPS and CPR 
9:00-10:00  Presentations from Conference Fellows – Group A  

Patricia Homan, Florida State University 

“Structural oppression and health across US states” 

Lawrence Stacey, Vanderbilt University 

“Anti-LGBTQ state policies and population health” 

Paris “AJ” Adkins-Jackson, Columbia University 

“Measuring state-level life course structural racism: lessons from 3 approaches” 

Fatima Touma, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

State-level structural xenophobia and immigrant-native health disparities” 

Moderator: Janet Wilmoth, Syracuse University 

10:00-10:30  Keynote Presentation 1 

Ellicott Matthay, New York University 

Problems and solutions for co-occurring policies in research on the health effects of social policies” 

Moderator: Shannon Monnat, Syracuse University  

10:30-10:45  Break 
10:45-11:30  Keynote Presentation 2 

Beth Ann Griffin,  RAND 

Methodological considerations for estimating policy effects in the context of co-occurring policies” 

Moderator: Douglas A. Wolf, Syracuse University 



Keynote Presentation 3  

Alexander Tahk, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

“Policy indices in the State Policy & Politics Database” 

Moderator: Jennifer Karas Montez, Syracuse University 

12:00-1:00  Lunch  
1:00-2:00  Presentations from Conference Fellows – Group B 

Emily Dore, Harvard University 

State-level factors that shape the long-arm of childhood” 

Christopher Lowenstein, Stanford University 

Labor market policies as upstream drivers of health: unpacking within-state heterogeneity”  

Megan Reynolds, University of Utah 

Labor market protections and midlife health among working Americans” 

David Rothwell, Oregon State University 

“State policy and financial well-being” 

Moderator: Kelly Musick, Cornell University 

2:00-3:30  Keynote Presentation 4 

Hugo Jales, Syracuse University 

“Two-way fixed effects and difference-in-differences:  problems and solutions” 

Moderator: Pinka Chatterji, University at Albany 

3:30-3:45  Break 
3:45-4:45  Presentations from Conference Fellows – Group C 

Alina Schnake-Mahl, Drexel University 

Court mandated redistricting and health disparities: a descriptive exploration of mortality by Congressional District” 

Rachel Donnelly, Vanderbilt University 

Contextual determinants of mental health: states as social context in the stress process” 

Rebecca Anna Schut, University of Chicago 

The impacts of state immigration policies on the health and well-being of U.S. workers”  

Emma Zang, Yale University 

Trajectories of upward mobility contexts and later-life cognitive outcomes” 

Moderator: Iliya Gutin, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 

4:45-5:00  Wrap Up  
5:00-7:00  Reception 


Funding provided by the National Institute on Aging grant P30AG066583 (Center for Aging and Policy Studies, a consortium between Syracuse University, Cornell University, and University at Albany) and the Center for Policy Research in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University