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Seed grants awarded

The following list includes seed grants that have been funded by MPRC since 2001 - they are in reverse chronological order
The Impact of HUD Housing Assistance Programs on Child Health in the United States
Andrew Fenelon, Michel Boudreaux, and Natalie Slopen examine the impact of U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development assistance programs on child health
Public and Employer Evaluations of Military Spouses Seeking Work
Meredith Kleykamp investigates substantial and pervasive employment disadvantages for military spouses
Immigrants’ Earnings Assimilation: Evidence from Longitudinal Earnings Records
Andres Villarreal compares immigrants' long-term earnings to those of native citizens, using a unique dataset
Exploring Recurrent Violent Trauma, Access to Care and HIV Risk Behaviors
Joseph Richardson aims to explain the relationship between violence and HIV/AIDS among young black men in Prince George's County
Methodological Issues in Maternal Mortality Research
Marian MacDorman seeks to develop new instruments to analyze U.S. maternal mortality rates
Causal Effects of Economic Conditions on Family Formation: Evidence from the Fracking Boom
Melissa Kearney aims to determine the influence of economic prospects on family formation among less educated men
Geographic Food Acquisition Choices within the SNAP Cycle
Mary Zaki aims to inform policy on food shopping costs for program users
Intergenerational time connections among grandparents, mid-life children, and grandchildren in global perspective
Liana Sayer explores cross-national patterns of intergenerational socio-economic participation and well-being in contemporary families
Substance Use and the Aging Experiences of the Woodlawn Cohort: Pathways to the 50s
Kerry Green investigates the factors affecting health and substance use among mid-life African Americans
Assortative Mating and Autism Spectrum Disorder
New seed grant project headed by Judith Hellerstein investigates the causes of the rise in autism diagnoses
Analyzing the effects of food supplementation and adherence support on food insecurity, time allocation, and quality of life indices of patients on antiretroviral treatment in the Free State Province, South Africa
Alok Bhargava investigates food insecurity, quality of life, and productivity among HIV patients receiving antiretroviral treatment in South Africa
Ambient Air Pollution, Chronic Stress, and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Poor Birth Outcomes
Shenassa, Puett, Hofferth, and Hubacek investigate possible connections between pollution, stress, and poor birth outcomes
"Thick": Effects of Perceived Body Image on the Physical Health of Middle Class African-American Girls
Rashawn Ray works to establish a better understanding of obesity and body image among Black adolescent girls
Gateway Testing: Can HIV Testing Rates Be Increased Through a Tuberculosis Awareness Campaign?
Vivian Hoffman explores new ways to increase HIV testing in Durban, South Africa
Leveraging Patients' Social Networks to Overcome Tuberculosis
Jessica Goldberg tests the effectiveness of new methods of enrolling patients in tuberculosis treatment by providing financial incentives for recruitment
Can Coverage Expansions Address Racial and Gender Disparities in Health Outcomes Among Americans with Chronic Disease?
Jerome Dugan investigates the connection between health coverage type and access to affordable quality healthcare
Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities in Postpartum Depression among a National Sample of US Mothers of Infants
Rada Dagher investigates the prevalence of postpartum depression among mothers from different racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds
Parental Age and Children's Disability in the United States
Philip Cohen and Gneisha Dinwiddie investigate the effects of parents' age on the health of their babies
Job and Wealth Loss and Racial / Ethnic Disparities in Health Services Use: a State-Level Examination
Karoline Mortensen and Jie Chen, Health Services Administration, examine racial / ethnic disparities in the wake of the 2007 Great Recession
Geographical distance between young adults and their parents: Predictors and consequences for adult children's mental health and deviant outcomes
Faculty Associates David Maimon and Terence Thornberry, Criminology and Criminal Justice, plan to geocode and analyze Rochester Youth Development Study data to expand understanding of parental proximity effects.