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Jennifer C. Greenfield

Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Doctoral Education, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver
Chapter Leader: Colorado SSN

About Jennifer

Greenfield's research focuses on the intersections of health and wealth disparities across the life course, especially through the mechanism of family care work. Through her research, Greenfield seeks to identify and test policy interventions that best support families as they balance work and caregiving. She also collaborates on projects related to economic security across the life course, the health and mental health effects of productive engagement in later life, and analysis of public policy initiatives related to health care access and economic security in Colorado. Greenfield regularly contributes to policymaking processes.

In the News

Opinion: "Why Paid Leave Should Be Kept in Build Back Better," Jennifer C. Greenfield, The Hill, November 21, 2021.
Opinion: "Paid Family Leave is a Pro-Family Policy for Coloradans," Jennifer C. Greenfield, The Colorado Sun, March 24, 2019.
Opinion: "Momentum on Paid Family Leave is Building," Jennifer C. Greenfield, The Denver Post, July 23, 2018.
Interviewed in "The Renewed Push for Paid Family Leave," Denver NBC , July 19, 2018.
Interviewed in "Paid Family Leave: It's Time for Serious Bipartisan Consideration," Bipartisan Policy Center, July 18, 2018.
Interviewed in "The Aging Population and Caregivers," 9News, June 14, 2018.
Opinion: "Considering a National Paid Leave Policy," Jennifer C. Greenfield (with Jacquelyn Boone James), The Hill, November 7, 2017.
Opinion: "You Can't Comparison Shop for Chest Tubes," Jennifer C. Greenfield, Daily Camera, July 15, 2017.
Interviewed in "Colorado's Minimum Wage Increased Nearly $1 an Hour at First of the Year," The Denver Channel, January 8, 2017.
Opinion: "Colorado Family Leave Act Could Be a Life-Saver," Jennifer C. Greenfield, The Denver Post, March 20, 2015.


"Exploring How Workplace and Social Policies Relate to Caregivers' Financial Strain" (with Leslie Hasche, Lauren M. Bell, and Heidi Johnson). Journal of Gerontological Social Work (2018).

Assesses caregivers' employment and financial status, well-being (physical and mental health, caregiver strain, benefits of caregiving), access to workplace supports and covariates (e.g. caregiver demographics, health, social support, and service utilization).

"Parental Leave Policy as a Strategy to Improve Outcomes among Premature Infants" Health & Social Work 41, no. 1 (2016): 17-23.

Discusses how families are more likely to experience preterm birth are also less likely to have access to paid leave and thus experience significant systemic barriers to involvement, especially when their newborns are hospitalized. Describes the research gap in this area and explores pathways by which social workers may ameliorate disparities in preterm birth outcomes through practice, policy, and research.

"The Impact of a $12.00 Minimum Wage on Women in Colorado," (with Jack Strauss), The Women's Foundation of Colorado, September 13, 2016.

Examines how raising Colorado's minimum wage to 12 dollars an hour by 2020 would impact low-wage women and their families in Colorado. Pays attention to how the pay raise might impact childcare prices and access to public benefits.

"Long-Term Care in the United States: Who Pays?" in Financial Capability and Asset Holding in Later Life: A Life Course Perspective, edited by Nancy Morrow-Howell and Margaret Sherraden (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Reviews the current state of long-term care policy in the United States, with a focus on how paying for care and providing care impact families' economic security in later life.