Call for Proposals


The 2017 Call for Proposals requested research projects that addressed potential explanations, especially related to social disparities in health, of the worsening of America’s population health, both relative to other comparable nations, and even absolutely. Four proposals were selected for awards for the period of 7/1/17 through 6/30/18 (Year 4).

Lisa Keister
Duke University
Department of Sociology
Durham, NC
"Wealth Ownership and Declining Health in the U.S."

Claire Margerison-Zilko
Michigan State University
Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Lansing, MI
"Community-level Determinants of Suicidal Behavior: Preliminary Evidence from California"

Ryan Masters
University of Colorado Boulder
Institute of Behavioral Science
Boulder, CO
"Hard Times or a Long Time Coming? Examining Widening Inequalities in U.S. Adult Mortality"

Andrew Stokes
Boston University School of Public Health
Department of Global Health
Boston, MA
"The Contribution of Diabetes to Trends in Life Expectancy in the United States"

Awardees have been requested to make a presentation about their research at the Network's Annual Meeting in 2018.

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The Network distributed its first Call for Proposals on December 19, 2014, with a deadline of January 19, 2015, for proposals focused on women's health trends. 19 proposals were received, resulting in 4 awards:

Jung Ki Kim
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
"Changes in Cardiovascular Risk among Women and Men in the United States"

Neil Mehta
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia
"Educational and Cross-National Differences in Women's Health Expectancies"

Jennifer Montez
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH
"Explaining Inequalities in Women's Mortality Between U.S. States"

Anna Zajacova
University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY
"Trends in US Women's Health 1997-2014 by Education Level"

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In 2015 submissions focused on the nature and explanations of racial-ethnic disparities in health and their potential implications for understanding America's worsening population health parameters. 21 proposals were received, resulting in 5 awards for the period of 7/1/15 through 6/30/16.

Michael Bader
American University
Washington, D.C.
"Racial Health Disparities from Aging in Changing Places"

Irma T. Elo
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
"The Contribution of Weight Status to Black-White Differences in Mortality and Diabetes"

Michal Engelman
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI
"Work Histories and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Multimorbidity Trajectories"

Uchechi Mitchell
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
"Race and Ethnic Differences in Measured Indicators of Health and Biological Risk"

Fernando Riosmena
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO
"Sources of Favorable Neighborhood effects on Mexican-American Health"

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The 2016 Call for Proposals was on the topic of socio-economic differences in health. A selection of 5 proposals were selected for awards for the period of 7/1/16 through 6/30/17.

Daniel Belsky
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC
"Building a Data Resource to Test for Increasing Selectivity of Persons at the Low End of the Educational Continuum: Harmonizing Measures in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health and the Health and Retirement Study"

Jennifer Dowd
City University of New York
New York, NY
"Assessing the Importance of Changing Educational Selection for Education-Mortality Trends in the U.S."

Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk
University at Buffalo, SUNY
Buffalo, NY
"What is the Relationship between Chronic Pain and Death?"

Melissa Martinson
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
"State Variation in Socioeconomic Disparities in Health"

Katrina Walsemann
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC
"Educational Pathways and Smoking among US Young Adults: A Cohort Comparison"

All awardees have been asked to make a presentation at the Network's Annual Meeting in 2017.

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