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Population Studies Center: In the News

Venkataramani, Boen, and MacDonald investigators in new NIH grant

PSC/PARC Researchers Atheendar Venkataramani, Courtney Boen, and John MacDonald are investigators in a new NIH funded project, which includes an unprecedented $10 million over the course of 5 years, to study the impact of environmental and economic interventions on reducing health disparities in Black Philadelphia neighborhoods. At the community level, the study includes tree planting, vacant lot greening, trash cleanup, and rehabilitation of dilapidated, abandoned houses. For households, the study will help connect participants to local, state, and federal social and economic benefits, including food, unemployment, and prescription drug assistance, provide financial counseling and tax preparation services, and offer emergency cash assistance.Read more about this project in Penn Medicine News.

--October 13, 2021

Norma Coe featured in LDI blog post

New research by Norma Coe (PSC/PARC Research Associate) published in Medical Care was featured in a recent Penn LDI blog post, "Racial Disparities in Avoidable Hospitalizations for Medicare Beneficiaries."

--October 13, 2021


New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Jacobs, Jerry and Elinore Avni. 2021. "A Global Turn in Sociology: Approaching Social Problems from an International Vantage Point." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-77.

--September 29, 2021

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Alison Buttenheim – Research Associate

Recently the Demography Library staff sat down with Alison Buttenheim. Alison is an Associate Professor of Nursing and Health Policy, a Research Associate of both the Population Studies Center and the Population Aging Research Center, as well as the Interim Director of the Penn Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics.

Quartet Pilot Project Competition


Request for Proposals: 2021-2022 Quartet Pilot Research Project Competition
Proposals are due on Monday, March 22, 2021

The Annual Quartet award competition is jointly sponsored by the PSC, the Population Aging Research Center, Boettner Center for Pension Retirement Research, and LDI Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics. The competition promotes high quality and innovative research in demography, economics, and related social and behavioral sciences. Quartet awards are funded for one year (or less) in duration and are selected through competitive peer review.

Click here to download the application materials and to read the RFP Guidelines.

Click here to read about former and currently funded projects