Schnake-Mahl's research focuses on the social, policy, and political determinants of health disparities. Overarching themes in her work include how city and state social policies- specifically housing and occupational policies- interact to produce or reduce inequities in health.
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Mentions the ability to decide whether, when, and under what circumstances to have a child necessarily includes access to safe abortion services. Finds that zero states that restrict or ban abortion have paid family leave policies.
Proposes a model of governance analysis in which public health researchers consider at what level 1) decision-making authority for policy sits, 2) policy is implemented, 3) and accountability for policy effects appear. Follows with examples of how these considerations might improve the evaluation of the policy drivers of population health.
Hypothesizes that US cities with paid sick leave would have higher COVID-19 vaccination coverage and narrower coverage. Examines associations by neighborhood social vulnerability. Finds stronger associations between paid sick leave and vaccination in the most socially vulnerable neighborhoods compared with the least socially vulnerable ones, and no association in the population ages sixty-five and older.