Research Associate, Rural Health Research Center, University of Minnesota
Rural Health Research Center
420 Delaware St SE, MMC 729
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Areas of Expertise & Civic InvolvementsHenning-Smith’s research focuses on aging, disability, housing and living arrangements, disparities in physical and mental health outcomes, access to care, and long-term services and supports. She is especially interested in making connections between the social determinants of health and policy interventions to improve the quality of lives of older adults and individuals with disabilities. She has worked as a research assistant for and an Interdisciplinary Fellow with the Minnesota Population Center, where she assisted with the production of the Integrated Health Interview Series, a harmonized version of the National Health Interview Series designed to make the data more accessible to inform research and policy. She currently works as a Research Associate with the Rural Health Research Center, at the University of Minnesota.
"Quality of Life and Psychological Distress among Older Adults: The Role of Living Arrangements" Journal of Applied Gerontology (2014).
Argues that older adults living alone or with others have lower quality of life and more psychological distress than those living with a spouse only. Also argues that women living with others are at greater risk of worse quality of life and serious psychological distress than men.
"Expectations about Future Use of Long-Term Services and Supports Vary by Current Living Arrangement" (with Tetyana Shippee). Health Affairs 34, no. 1 (2015): 39-47.
Demonstrates that middle-aged adults vastly underestimate their future needs for long-term services and supports and that expectations about needing care, as well as predicted sources of care, vary by one’s current living arrangement.
"Differences by Sexual Orientation in Expectations About Future Long-Term Care Needs Among Adults 40 to 65 Years Old " (with Gilbert Gonzales and Tetyana Shippee). American Journal of Public Health 105, no. 11 (2015): 2359-2365.
Finds differences in expectations about future need for long-term care by sexual orientation. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults were more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to expect to need care, but less likely to expect to rely on family for that care.
"Disparities in Access to Care for Children with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders" (with Sirry Alang). Journal of Child Health Care (2015).
Argues that children (ages 4-17) with emotional/behavioral disorders have more difficulty accessing timely medical care, despite having lower rates of un-insurance than their counterparts without emotional/behavioral disorders.
"Delayed and Unmet Need for Medical Care among Publicly Insured Adults with Disabilities" (with Donna McAlpine, Tetyana Shippee, and Michael Priebe). Medical Care 51, no. 11 (2013): 1015-1019.
Argues that respondents with a disability were more likely to experience difficulties accessing timely medical care than persons without disabilities and that persons with disabilities reported multiple barriers to health care, especially structural barriers, such as making a timely appointment and accessing transportation.
"Stigma, Discrimination, or Symptomatology Differences in Self-Reported Mental Health between U.S.-Born and Somalia-Born Black Americans" (with Tetyana Shippee, Donna McAlpine, Rachel Hardeman, and Farhiya Farah). American Journal of Public Health 103, no. 5 (2013): 861-867.
Examines differences in self-reported mental health between Black Americans born in the U.S. versus in Somalia. Argues that Somalia-born adults were more likely to report better mental health than U.S.-born Black Americans and also reported lower levels of discrimination, higher levels of stigma toward mental illness, and lower levels of depressive symptoms.
Carrie Henning-Smith's research on reasons for the increased risk of physical and mental health problems within the LGBT community discussed in Moira Lawler, "Gay Community Has More Health Issues, Says New Study," Shape, June 28, 2016.
Carrie Henning-Smith's research on expectations about long-term care use among middle-aged Americans discussed in Jason Millman, "Why You Shouldn't Count on Your Family Members to Take Care of You When You're Old," Washington Post, January 6, 2015.
Talks and Briefings
"Describing Patterns of Variation in Small-House Nursing Home Programs," Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 2013.
"Differences in Self-Reported Mental Health between U.S.-Born and Foreign-Born Black Americans: Stigma, Discrimination, or Symptomatology?," Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, April 2012.
"Differences in Occupational Exposures by Gender, Race, and Class," Sociologists of Minnesota Annual Conference, St. Paul, MN, October 2013.