French Institute for Demographic Studies Director (INED) Magda Tomasini, and Population Studies Center of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn PSC) Director Herbert L. Smith, have signed a 3-year partnership agreement.
Pictured above from left to right: Jeffrey Lin, Iourii Manovskii, Mallick Hossain, and Keith Sill.
Learn about our new partner, the Philadelphia Federal Statistical Research Data Center. Speakers at the opening celebration included: Nancy Potok, Chief Statistician of the United States, Ron Jarmin, Performing the Nonexclusive Functions and Duties of the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, Keith Sill, Senior Vice President and Director, Real-Time Research Data Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and PSC Research Associate Iourii Manovskii, Associate Professor of Economics and Co-Director, Philadelphia FSRDC, University of Pennsylvania. PSC Director Herbert L. Smith and PARC Director Irma T. Elo were also in attendance, along with George Mailath, Chair of Economics and ex officio member of the PSC Executive Committee, and Monica King, ADRF Director, representing the PSC's "big data" initiative. Read the press release here.
Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund, who was the recent keynote speaker at the Perry World House Global Shifts Conference (pictured here with PSC Director Herb Smith) has died. He was a strong advocate of reproductive and population health. He is already missed.
Herb Smith, director of the Population Studies Center, co-authored a paper at Session 147 Improving Health and Mortality Measures this year at PAA.
Herb Smith and Emilio Parrado participated in the experts meetings for the Global Shifts Conference at Perry World House. The two-day conference is structured to advance substantive, policy-relevant work and public awareness around the pressing global challenges at the intersections of urbanization, migration and demography. Displacement to development: How marginalization and inequality shape Global Shifts, is an invitation-only experts meeting, convening a select group of scholars, policymakers, and practitioners for a series of substantive conversations looking at the ways in which marginalization and inequality shape global shifts. Smith was a discussant with the keynote speaker Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund. In the afternoon Emilio Parrado discussed strengthening urban inclusion of refugee and migrant populations with Ahmet İçduygu, Kathleen Newland, Anne Richard, and Hilmar von Lojewski.
Matthew McHugh, Linda Aiken, Paul Rosenbaum, and Herbert Smith collaborated with other researchers from the Center for Outcomes Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at Penn’s School of Nursing, Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania on a study which showed that patients undergoing surgery at Magnet hospitals recognized for nursing excellence, and good nurse staffing, have better outcomes at the same or lower costs as other hospitals. Read study published in the prominent surgery journal JAMA Surgery here.
For decades, Penn Nursing has been at the forefront of research evaluating the effects of adequate nurse staffing on improving patient outcomes around the world. Now, with the support of a Penn Global Engagement Fund Award, Penn Nursing faculty will have the opportunity to look specifically at the nursing workforce in Chile. Nursing faculty Dr. Linda Aiken, Dr. Eileen Lake, and Dr. Matthew McHugh, along with partners from the School of Arts and Sciences Dr. Jere Behrman and Dr. Herb Smith, received one of 12 Penn Global Engagement Fund Awards for the 2015-2016 academic year for their project titled Healthcare Workforce and Quality Outcomes: Lessons from Chile, United States and Europe. The team will work with the School of Nursing at Universidad de los Andes to survey nurses at 50 hospitals in Chile about issues such as a patient to staff ratio, relationships between doctors and nurses, and quality and safety assessments.
Now available: Smith, Herbert L. 2009. "A Double Sample to Minimize Bias Due to Non-response in a Mail Survey." PSC Working Paper Series, PSC 09-05. [English version of Smith 2008.]