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February 2023

Questions of Faith: Suicidality Among Sexual Minority Adolescents & Young Adults 

Dr. Susan De Luca gave a presentation for CWRU’s Special Topics in Social Justice and Public Health around her work with LGBQ adolescents and how religious affiliation and levels of religiosity are related to suicidal ideation and attempts this population. 

Religion is a protective factor for suicide, yet Dr. De Luca and her team’s research finds repeatedly that it does not function as such for sexual minorities.  Her research also found that if these same adolescents are part of an affirming religious affiliation, they enjoy the same protective factors as heterosexual and cisgender adolescents. 

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Food Insecurity Trajectories in the US During the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Doug Gunzler and Adam Perzynski’s work with Dr. Jin Kim-Mozeleski was recently featured in the CWRU Daily. Their publication in Preventing Chronic Disease looked at the trajectory of food insecurity during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The team found food insecurity was highly variable with one-third of the US population experiencing some form of food insecurity risk. Check out the article in the daily here: CWRU Daily or the full publication here: Food Insecurity Trajectories


January 2023

Redlining Article in Cleveland Scene Magazine

Congratulations to Dr. Adam Perzynski and Dr. Kristen Berg for their published work on Redlining being featured in Cleveland Scene Magazine in an article titled Case Western Reserve Study Confirms Racism as ‘Overriding Factor’ in Redlining Neighborhoods. The Scene article highlights research from Adam and Kristen’s manuscript in the Du Bois Review and explains how Black residents were 40 times more likely to be redlined in the 1930s.

“When we look at redlining, we have to think about the consequences of racist policies,” Perzynski said. “Community gardens are a good thing and managing blood pressure is never a bad idea, but they don’t correct 100 years of discrimination and institutionalized racism.”

“We’ve created these neighborhoods,” said co-author and assistant professor at the school of medicine Kristen Berg. “These are the consequences of deeply intentional policy decisions. There needs to be intentional work, then, to transform neighborhoods and invest in families whose generations have been harmed by redlining.”

Check out the full article from Scene here: CLE Scene Redlining Article
Their work was also featured in the CWRU Daily: CWRU Daily Redlining