Exciting New MnRDC Research on Health Reform
Researchers from the Urban Institute and SHADAC at the University of Minnesota begin MnRDC research to aid in estimation, evaluation, and implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). The ACA involves significant changes in health insurance coverage and health care systems across the United States, most of which are implemented at the state level. Thus, a full understanding of the effects of the ACA requires state-level data to assess the impacts of reform over time. However, the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the nation’s primary survey for monitoring health and health care use, is not publicly available at the state level given sample size concerns. Researchers will use restricted-access NHIS data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) to create state-specific weights and multi-year averages of key health care outcomes. State-level post-stratification weights (using age, race/ethnicity, and sex information from the American Community Survey) will support one-, two-, and three-year state-specific estimates of health insurance coverage, health status, health care utilization, and usual source of care among adults aged 18 years and older in the U.S.
RDC Annual Conferece
Please mark your calendars for the 2011 RDC Annual Conference September 15-16, 2011 at the Univeristy of Minnestoa. Call for papers will be distributed April 15 and submissions will be due June 30. Funding will be available to support travel costs for conference participants, details available with the call for papers. Hosted by the MnRDC and the Minnestoa Population Center.
Proposal Process Overview - January 24, 2011 (slides available)
MnRDC Administrator, Gina Erickson, will provide an overview to the proposal process on Monday, January 24 at 12:15 am in the MPC Seminar Room (50 Willey Hall). If you are interested in putting together a proposal, we highly recommend that you attend this session or arrange to meet with Gina (firstname.lastname@example.org).
RDC Course Information
Cornell University is offering a course on social and economic data that highlights RDC-based data. The course is taught in a distance learning classroom so students at the University of Minnesota can also enroll (in a UMN course for credit). Class will be Tuesdays from 3:00 to 5:30 pm. – January 18 through May 3. University of Minnesota students should contact Gina Erickson (email@example.com) if they are interested in the course. Please see related page for course and registration information.
Principal Investigators who submit proposals to use MnRDC data by March 31, 2011 will be eligible for a MnRDC small grants program. Proposals must be submitted to the relevant federal agency (Census Bureau, National Center for Health Statistics or the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality). Funds are to be used for graduate research assistants to help Investigators in the RDC. Please find further information on the funding page or read full announcement for more details.
Proposal Process Overview - Dec 2 at 10:00 am
MnRDC Administrator, Gina Erickson, will provide an overview to the proposal process on Thursday, December 2 at 10:00 am in the MPC Seminar Room (50 Willey Hall). If you are interested in putting together a proposal, we highly recommend that you attend this session or arrange to meet with Gina (firstname.lastname@example.org).
RDC Grand Opening Symposium - October 27, 2010
The MnRDC Grand Opening Symposium was held Wednesday, October 27, 2010. With over 100 registered participants, the Symposium, featured Symposium talks by Census Director Robert Groves, University of Maryland Professor John Haltiwanger, University of Minnesota Professor Sharon Long, and University of Michigan Professor Arline Geroniumus. Additionally, University of Minnesota President Robert H. Bruininks and Vice President for Research R. Timothy Mulcahy, Census Chief Economist Ron Jarmin, Census CES leaders, the MnRDC Steering Committee, and the MnRDC Staff participated in the "official" RDC ribbon-cutting ceremony.