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28 Oct

WASHINGTON, DC, October 24, 2013Representatives from each of the federal government’s 14 principal statistical agencies are hosting a symposium next month in Washington that will highlight the variety of federal statistics and the numerous statistical careers available in the public sector.

The Symposium of the U.S. Statistical Agencies, which is part of the celebration of the International Year of Statistics, will be held November 13 and 14 at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Conference Center.

Open to all without cost, the two-day symposium will allow attendees to learn about federal statistical agencies, the range of statistics each produces and how to pursue a career as a government statistician.

“The Symposium of the U.S. Statistical Agencies will give attendees the opportunity to learn—in one place—about the valuable statistics and statistical services available from many federal statistical agencies,” says Ronald L. Wasserstein, executive director of the American Statistical Association, whose organization is supporting the event. “These statistics help all Americans understand current developments in our country and are indispensable to providing insightful information that helps our elected leaders plan for the future.

“We invite anyone with an interest or a stake in statistics—including econometrics, demography, health, agriculture, energy and transportation—to attend the symposium,” continues Wasserstein.

The Symposium of the U.S. Statistical Agencies will be divided into five sessions targeted to different audiences and users of federal statistics and data products. Representatives of various federal statistical agencies will present during the five sessions. Each session is open to all attendees.

The date, time and a summary of each informational session follow:

November 13, 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Statistics for Economists

During this session, presenters will focus on how statistics can be applied to areas of interest to economists and finance professionals. There also will be talks focused on data visualization, understanding price indices, and more. Speakers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Census Bureau, and National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics will make presentations.

November 13, 1:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Statistics in Health

At this session, presenters from the National Cancer Institute, National Center for Health Statistics, Census Bureau, and Food and Drug Administration will discuss how statistical methodology can be used to better understand health-care related concerns, including health-insurance coverage, quality of cancer care, and combining information to enhance analyses related to health.

November 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. & 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.: Career Choices in Statistics

This two-part session, targeted to college statistics students, will explore various career paths, career-development skills, tips for landing a position with a federal statistical agency, and networking with professionals in government statistics. Representatives from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Internal Revenue Service Statistics of Income, Census Bureau, National Agricultural Statistics Service, National Center for Health Statistics, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, and Federal Reserve Board will present.

November 14, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Statistics for Journalists

Journalism students and reporters from broadcast, print and online media outlets will find this session helpful to their understanding of lesser-known federal statistical agencies, official statistics produced by these agencies, and how they can access and use official statistics, studies and analyses in their reporting. Presenters will include representatives of the Economic Research Service, National Center for Education Statistics, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, and National Center for Health Statistics.

November 14, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.: Statistics in the New Media Era

An array of expert speakers will discuss how statistical agencies are meeting the charge of implementing new media tools—social media, APIs, web and mobile apps, infographics and other data visualizations—that are covered in the President’s Digital Strategy. Presenters will be from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Energy Information Administration, Bureau of Justice Statistics, and Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Free Registration

There is no charge to attend the Symposium of the U.S. Statistical Agencies. However, advance registration is required to ensure access to the BLS Conference Center.

To register, send an email to Wendy Martinez ( with “Symposium” in the subject line and your full name, a list of the session(s) you plan to attend, and any special needs, e.g., handicap access.

The BLS Conference Center is located near Union Station at the Postal Square Building, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C.

For more information, go to the Symposium of the U.S. Statistical Agencies website:

Event Contacts:

Wendy Martinez

Phone: 202.691.7400


Jeffrey A. Myers

American Statistical Association

P: 703.684.1221, Ext. 1865



Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows Program Announces Call for Applications

24 Sep

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows Program Announces Call for Applications

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program is designed to provide a comprehensive fellowship experience at the nexus of health science, policy, and politics in Washington, D.C.

The program provides an outstanding opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and healthcare policy. Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care, and health policy.

Exceptional candidates from academic faculties and nonprofit healthcare organizations are encouraged to apply. Applicants may have backgrounds in the disciplines of allied health, biomedical sciences, dentistry, economics or other social sciences, health services organization and administration, medicine, nursing, public health, social and behavioral health, or health law. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Up to six grants of up to $165,000 will be made in 2014. Each fellow will receive up to $94,000 for the Washington stay (September 1, 2014, through August 31, 2015) in salary, plus fringe benefits or a fellowship stipend.

The complete call for applications and application instructions are available at the RWJF Web site.

The deadline is November 13, 2013.

For more information:

Harvard School of Public Health is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

20 Aug
The Harvard School of Public Health is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. This program is designed to increase diversity among individuals who wish to pursue academic careers in public health. Working closely with accomplished faculty mentors, Yerby fellows gain experience and skills in areas critical to success in an academic environment, with an emphasis on research, publication, and grant writing.

Applicants should be members of a minority group that is underrepresented in academic public health; individuals from other backgrounds that would contribute to academic diversity, including those with disabilities, will also be considered. Candidates must have received (or be about to receive) a doctoral degree in a relevant field. Online applications are now being accepted at  The application deadline is November 1, 2013.

This is an excellent opportunity for promising young scholars. We are requesting your help in forwarding this information about the fellowships to appropriate departments and offices within your school or organization, as well as to individual students whom you feel would be strong applicants to the program. More information can be found on our website at If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 617-432-1018 or

Many thanks for your help.

All best,
Christina Burkot

Office of Faculty Affairs
Harvard School of Public Health
677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA  02115
Phone:  617.432.1047

APTR-CDC Preventive Medicine and Public Health Fellowship Program FALL 2013

20 Aug

APTR-CDC Preventive Medicine and Public Health Fellowship Program


Application Deadline: September 30, 2013


The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research is pleased to announce a new fellowship opportunity in the Preventive Medicine and Public Health Fellowship Program in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  APTR is currently accepting applications for one training position based at CDC in Atlanta, GA with a start date of January 2014.  The Fellow will gain leadership experience in public health practice and policy, access to state-of-the-art technology and national databases, and will train with leading experts in the field of preventive medicine and public health.

APTR is looking for applicants with a minimum of a master’s degree for the following fellowship placement:

“Interprofessional Education Approach to Develop Public Health Practice & Policy”


The complete application package including the fellowship description, additional information and online application form can be found on the APTR website at:

Please pass this fellowship announcement along to qualified individuals who would benefit from this exceptional training opportunity.

For more information about the APTR-CDC Preventive Medicine and Public Health Fellowship Program please email .

HIGHLIGHTED STORIES: Kidney Disease, an Underestimated Killer

7 Aug


While kidney disease does not get as much attention, funding or concern as many other health conditions, it kills 90,000 Americans per year. Even when it is not fatal, the cost of treating end-stage kidney disease through dialysis or a kidney transplant is astronomical, more than fivefold what Medicare pays annually for the average patient over age 65. African Americans are at highest risk for developing kidney disease.
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HIGHLIGHTED STORIES: HIV: New East Bay program gives prevention pill to high-risk youths

23 Jul

The University of California Office of the President’s HIV/AIDS Research Program is funding the distribution of Truvada, a drug that helps prevent HIV, to high risk groups in Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego. The program will also include regular monitoring for reactions to the drug, peer discussion groups stressing the importance of safe sex, and an array of sexual health services.

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HIGHTLIGHTED STORIES: Cost, Quality, Accessibility Spur Poor to Choose ER Care

23 Jul
Poorer Americans are more likely to seek treatment at hospitals (mostly from the emergency room) than from primary care doctors because hospitals are less costly, more convenient and provide better quality care. Attempting to reduce healthcare disparities by improving the quality of hospital care could actually worsen the trend – it will be important to  improve the accessibility of primary care (for example, by reducing the complicated referral systems needed to see a specialist). This pattern of health care is extremely costly to society –  $30.8 billion annually and poorer health outcomes for these poor individuals.

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