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.
Penn News reports on research conducted among South Philly Latinos by Emilio Parrado, Chenoa Flippen and Demography Ph.D. candidate Edith Gutiérrez.
Grace Kao has written an article entitled "College and the Bottom Line: Racial Differences in Education's Impact on Net Worth" for the new Penn SAS magazine Omnia.
2009 GGD Graduate Mikko Myrskylä has been awarded the Jutikkala Prize by the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters on October 12, 2015. The prize is awarded to young researchers in the humanities under the age of 40, who already gained an international reputation in their research field.
YeonJin Lee and co-authors of the recent American Journal of Public Health paper, "Effects of Racial Prejudice on the Health of Communities: A Multilevel Survival Analysis," has been getting media coverage beginning with Reuters.
Save the Date: The PSC International Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2015. Location: Home of Herb and Sharon Smith.
New Working Paper: Castanheira, Helena Cruz and Hans-Peter Kohler. 2015. "It is Lower Than You Think it is: Recent Total Fertility Rates in Brazil and Possibly Other Latin American Countries." PSC Working Paper Series, WPS 15-5.
In July, Hans-Peter Kohler presented in the UK House of Lords in an event organized by the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health (APPG). The event was a celebration of the 2015 World Population Day and the release of the 2015 APPG Report on Population Dynamics and the Sustainable Development Goals.
He is cited in the report (p. 35), which is now available: Population Dynamics and the Sustainable Development Goals
Hans-Peter Kohler (in collaboration with Ayesha Kharsany at the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa [CAPRISA]), recently received a 5yr NIH R01 Grant for "Identifying sources of HIV infection in adolescent girls in rural South Africa". The aim of this project is to utilize an innovative approach to identify networks of HIV transmission, combining extensive epidemiologic sampling with phylogenetic analyses of HIV-1 sequence data and traditional sexual networking methods. Insights into the sexual networking patterns driving high HIV incidence in adolescent girls in rural South Africa could be critical for informing future design of HIV prevention interventions.
A new study by Daniel Polsky found that 75% of California's Affordable Care plans have a very narrow physician network.
A new book by Tukufu Zuberi has been published - African Independence: How Africa Shapes the World (Rowman & Littlefield). The book, a complement to his award-winning documentary film, African Independence (2013) highlights the important role Africa has played in recent history, and the significant role it will continue to play in the future of America and the globe.
Tukufu Zuberi has been elected the 2015 President-Elect of the Association of Black Sociologists. The mission of the Association is "to build a tradition of scholarship and service, informed by the interests of historically disenfranchised groups in general and Black/African American people in particular."
New PSC Working Paper: Anglewicz, Philip, Mark VanLandingham, Lucinda Manda-Taylor, and Hans-Peter Kohler. 2015. "Cohort Profile: The Migration and Health in Malawi (MHM) Study." PSC Working Paper Series, WPS 15-4.
Kevin G. Volpp received the National Institutes of Health 2015 Matilda White Riley Award and gives named lecture at NIH's 20th Anniversary Celebration of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, read more in this announcement from Penn Medicine. Last year's winner of this prestigious award was Samuel H. Preston.
Daniel Polsky co-authored a study which found that out-of-pocket expenses for contraception dramatically decreased under the Affordable Care Act.
Tukufu Zuberi commented on the racial divide in American churches after the shooting in Charleston, SC.
Olivia S. Mitchell writes in the Wall Street Journal about why people don't purchase long-term-care insurance policies.
New PSC Working Paper: Anderson, Thomas and Hans-Peter Kohler. 2015. "Demographic Transition Revisited: Low Fertility, Socioeconomic Development, and Gender Equity." PSC Working Paper Series, PSC 15-3.
Kevin Volpp was senior author on a study which has found that various financial incentives help people quit smoking.
New PSC Working Paper: Fishman, Ezra. 2015. "Variance Estimation for a Complex Life Table Quantity: Disease-free Life Expectancy." PSC Working Paper Series, PSC 15-2.
New PSC Working Paper: Kohler, Iliana V., Collin F. Payne, Chiwoza Bandawe, and Hans-Peter Kohler. 2015. "The Demography of Mental Health Among Mature Adults in a Low-Income High HIV-Prevalence Context." PSC Working Paper Series, PSC 15-1.
In an editorial published in JAMA Pediatrics, Kevin Volpp and co-author Mitesh S. Patel offer strategies for helping children make better food choices.
Angela Duckworth's research is mentioned in an article about small but important interventions in K-12 education.