Scott Landes (Syracuse) discusses disability data during the pandemic on “Included: The Disability Equity Podcast”

an In The Media Appearance

"Disability Data" - Included: The Disability Equity Podcast. 04/15/2021

Scott Landes of the Syracuse Center for Aging and Policy Studies (CAPS) was interviewed about disability data during the pandemic on Included: The Disability Equity Podcast hosted by the Johns Hopkins University Disability Health and Research. In this episode, he delves into his research and its broader implications for the COVID-19 pandemic and health equity. 


Scott Landes is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, and Faculty Associate at the Aging Studies Institute at Syracuse University.  His research aligns with the health and well-being signature theme of the CAPS and focuses on three specific populations: 1) adults with developmental disability; 2) veterans; and 3) home health aides. In his research on adults with developmental disability, he is currently examining the causes and consequences of erroneously coding developmental disability as the underlying cause of death on US death certificates. This line of research also incorporates a policy and place emphasis as he utilizes results to recommend changes in CDC death certificate coding guidelines for adults with developmental disability. In his research on veterans, he focuses on developing a more robust understanding of the heterogeneity present in mortality trends for veterans across the life course. To date, this line of research has demonstrated that while veterans experience a mortality disadvantage, this disparity varies by age, war-era cohort, race, and type of military-veteran health care.  Finally, his research on home health aides focuses on factors that result in lower levels of job satisfaction and higher turnover intent among this integral part of the health care system for older adults and for adults with disability. Results from these studies indicate the need for home health agencies to address the ways in which race-ethnicity and cultural differences among the diverse home health care aide population are impacting morale and job tenure, especially for minority women.