Population, Education and Health Center (PEHC) Newsletter

September 2016
Volume 1, Issue 3
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Welcome to the Population, Education and Health Center (PEHC) Newsletter!
The PEHC Newsletter is a quarterly publication of data, research, and events from the

University of Missouri Research Data Center (MU RDC). 
Colleen Heflin and Peter Mueser, Co-Directors

PEHC Small Grant Funding: Applications Due Soon! 

Spring 2017 funding applications due: 
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Fall 2017 funding applications due:
Monday, May 1, 2017

For more information, including the Call for Proposals,
visit the PEHC Small Grant Program webpage.

The PEHC Small Grant Program expands the use of Census RDC data by providing seed money for projects that use confidential data accessed through the MU RDC, positioning awardees to apply for external funding for full-scale projects. Funds are awarded for projects over a 24-month period. Award amounts will vary; however, most awards range from $10,000 to $15,000 to cover necessary research expenses such as faculty salary, graduate student research assistance, and data acquisition costs.  

Funding Opportunities for Doctoral Students

PEHC Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships
The PEHC Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship program supports MU’s teaching mission by training the next generation of researchers in large survey data research. Fellowships provide support for up to two MU doctoral students to conduct research using MU RDC data products. Each fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend for the academic year (August-May) and full tuition remission provided by the MU Office of Graduate Studies.

Applications for the next round of fellowships are due March 13, 2017. Prospective applicants should plan to attend one of two informational sessions in 111 Middlebush Hall:
January 31, 2017, at noon or February 22, 2017, at 1:00pm.  
For more information, please visit the PEHC Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships webpage


CES Dissertation Mentorship Program
The Center for Economic Studies (CES) wants assist doctoral candidates actively engaged in dissertation research in economics or a related field and using Census Bureau microdata at an RDC. CES will provide a mentor to advise on the use of Census Bureau microdata and sponsor a visit to CES for researchers to meet with staff economists and present research in progress.
For eligibility information and to apply, visit the CES Dissertation Mentorship Program webpage

PEH Seminar Series Schedule | Fall 2016
The PEH Seminar Series continues this fall with a diverse set of speakers from MU and other institutions. Please join us! 
Thursdays, 12:30-1:30pm
September 1, 2016

September 15, 2016

September 29, 2016

October 13, 2016

October 27, 2016

November 10, 2016

December 8, 2016
Bradley Curs
Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
University of Missouri
MU Student Center, Room 2205

Mansoo Yu
School of Social Work
University of Missouri
MU Student Center, Room 2205

Hua Qin
Rural Sociology
University of Missouri
MU Student Center, Room 2205

Michael White
Department of Sociology
Brown University
Memorial Union, S016 

Jennifer Van Hook
Department of Sociology and Criminology
Pennsylvania State University
MU Student Center, Room 2205

Joseph Lariscy
Department of Sociology
University of Memphis 
MU Student Center, Room 2205

Naomi Sugie
School of Social Ecology
University of California - Irvine 
MU Student Center, Room 2205

Chinedum ‘Chi-Chi’ Ojinnaka has joined MU as a postdoctoral fellow with the MU School of Health Professions and the PEHC under the direction of Dr. Nancy Cheak-Zamora and Dr. Colleen Heflin. Chi-Chi earned her doctoral degree from the Texas A&M School of Public Health, with a research assistantship at the Southwest Rural Health Research Center. Her research interests include health disparities across the cancer continuum. Prior to graduate work in health services research, Chi-Chi trained and practiced as a physician in her home country of Nigeria.

MU RDC Information Sessions

MU RDC staff present information sessions to describe available datasets and how to access the data. To date, fall 2017 information sessions are scheduled as follows: 

Economic Data: October 10, 2016, 10:00-11:00am, S203 Memorial Union

Health Data: October 12, 2016, 1:30-2:30pm, 737 Clark Hall

Demographic Data: October 14, 2016, 10:00-11:00am, S204 Memorial Union

To schedule an information session or to learn more about the MU RDC, contact
Jacob Cronin at (573) 884-9122 or   

Conference Announcement:
2016 RDC Annual Research Conference

The 2016 Research Data Center Annual Research Conference will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2016, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Anticipated themes include, but are not limited to, research using restricted-use data in fields such as economics, business and management, demography, and health and developments in data sets.

For more information, visit the conference website

PEHC Research Affiliates
Welcome to the following new PEHC Research Affiliates from the University of Missouri! 
Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Jill Findeis 

Department of Anthropology
Lisa Sattenspiel
Mary Shenk

Department of Economics 
Cory Koedel
Dongwoo Kim
Peter Mueser 

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
Rajeev Darolia

Department of Educational, School & Counseling Psychology
Lisa Flores

Department of Health Management and Informatics 
Chelsea Deroche
Julie Kapp
Emily Leary
Iris Zachary

Department of Health Sciences
Claire Altman 
Jen-Hao Chen 
Enid Schatz
Nancy Cheak-Zamora
Department of Women's and Gender Studies
Joan Hermsen
Enid Schatz

Department of Sociology
Eileen Bjornstrom 
Joan Hermsen

Family and Community Medicine
Robin Kruse 
Jane McElroy

Human and Development and Family Sciences
Gustavo Carlo

Master of Public Health 
Jane McElroy
Stephanie Potochnick
Mansoo Yu

School of Social Work
Clark Peters
Mansoo Yu

Truman School of Public Affairs
Claire Altman
Irma Arteaga
Rajeev Darolia
Colleen Heflin 
Cory Koedel
Peter Mueser 
Clark Peters
Stephanie Potochnick 

To apply for recognition as a PEHC Research Affiliate, submit a CV along with a brief statement that describes how your training, publications, and research connect to the core focus areas of the PEHC to
New Data
There are hundreds of restricted-use datasets available at the MU RDC for approved projects. The following list provides a sample of new data that have recently been made available. 
To view all of the data products available through the MU RDC, please see the data products lists at the Center for Economic Studies, National Center for Health Statistics, and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Note that for all of these data, use is restricted to approved projects that are authorized to use the data in the MU RDC. If you wish to submit a proposal for data use, contact Jacob Cronin at

2006-2015 Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey (MWTS)
The MWTS provides month-to-month trends for sales and inventories of U.S. merchant wholesalers, excluding manufacturers' sales branches and offices (MSBOs). The data are used to estimate sales and inventories for the Gross Domestic Product, research economic trends, and forecast future demand. Estimates are released six weeks after the close of the data month and contain preliminary current-month estimates and final data for the previous month. Statistics include sales, inventories, and inventory/sales ratios. Estimates are both seasonally adjusted and unadjusted. The MWTS has been taken since 1946 and covers companies with employments that are primarily engaged in merchant wholesale trade in the U.S., as defined by the 2007 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), excluding MSBOs. Also excluded are non-merchant wholesalers such as agents, brokers, and electronic markets.

2013-2014 Annual Capital Expenditure Survey (ACES)
ACES is part of a comprehensive program designed to provide more detailed and timely information on capital investment in structures and equipment by non-farm enterprises. The data are used to improve the quality of current economic indicators of business investments, as well as the quarterly estimates of gross domestic product. The data also provide facts about trends in capital expenditures useful for identifying business opportunities, product development, and business planning.

2013 Information and Communication Technology Survey (ICTS)
The ICTS is conducted annually to collect data on non-capitalized and capitalized spending by U.S. non-farm businesses for information and communication technology (ICT) equipment and computer software. Aggregated data are published at the national level for North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 2-digit and selected 3-digit industries. The results are based on data collected from a sample of approximately 46,000 companies with paid employees.

2012 Rental Housing Finance Survey (RHFS)
The purpose of the RHFS is to provide current and continuous measure of financial, mortgage, and property characteristics of multifamily rental housing properties in the United States. The survey provides information on the financing of multifamily rental housing properties with emphasis on new originations for purchase, refinancing, and loan terms associated with these originations. In addition, the survey includes information on property characteristics, such as number of units, amenities available, rental income, and expenditure information. Analyses based on the RHFS data will help advise the executive and legislative branches in the development of multifamily housing policies, especially those pertaining to financing multifamily housing for target groups, such as low-income families and individuals and the elderly.

Current Population Survey (CPS)
The CPS is a monthly survey of about 50,000 households conducted by the Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The CPS is the primary source of information on the labor force characteristics of the U.S. population, including total employment, employment by industry and occupation, unemployment, wages and salaries, and the average number of hours worked. The sample is scientifically selected to represent the civilian noninstitutional population.
  • 2014-2015 Annual Social and Economic Supplement: The March Supplement to the CPS (also referred to as the Annual Demographic Supplement) contains additional questions about household economic and demographic characteristics. Thus, while the main purpose of the CPS is to provide information on employment patterns, this supplement also provides detailed information on age, race, marital status, educational attainment, family structure, geographical mobility, money income, non-cash benefits, health insurance, and poverty status of the U.S. population.
  • 1998-1999, 2000, and 2010-2011 Tobacco Use Supplement (CPS-TUS): The CPS-TUS, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, is a survey of tobacco use and policy information that has been administered as part of the CPS since 1992. The CPS-TUS is typically conducted every 3-4 years and is a key source of national, state, and sub-state level data from U.S. households regarding smoking, use of tobacco products, and tobacco-related norms, attitudes, and policies.
Approved and Active Projects
The list below reflects only those projects that are approved or active. There are many more projects in production. 
University of Missouri
“Effects of Organizational Structure and Governance on Retail Establishment Productivity” 
    Matthew Sveum, Michael Sykuta

“Improving the Interpretability and Usability of the American Community Survey through Hierarchical Multiscale Spatio-Temporal Statistical Models” 
    Scott Holan, Christopher Wikle, Christopher Hassett, Jonathan Bradley, Matthew Simpson, Trevor Oswald

“Neighborhood Context, Weight, and Weight-Related Behaviors among Mexican American Children” 
    Claire Altman (along with colleagues at Pennsylvania State University)

“Occupational Variation in Health Care Coverage” 
    Leslie Hodges, Colleen Heflin, Joan Hermsen

“Effects of State Immigration Policy Context on Immigrant Health and Well-Being”
    Sarah May, Stephanie Potochnick, Lisa Flores, Jen-Hao Chen

“Geographic Distribution of Sexual and Gender Minorities (SGM) Population and Comparison of SGM Subgroups on Prevalence of Chronic Diseases and Screening Behaviors by Geographic Location” 
    Jane McElroy, Robin Kruse, Jamie Smith

“Predictors of the Development of Alcohol-Related Morbidity and Mortality” 
    Emilie Shireman, Douglas Steinley

"Utilization and Disparities in Mental Health" 
    Emily Leary, Iris Zachary, and Bin Ge

University of Missouri - St. Louis 
"Transition to Adulthood: Dynamics of Disability, Food Insecurity, Health, and SNAP Participation"
    Baorong Guo, Jin Huang (St. Louis University), and Shirley Porterfield

University of Memphis
"The Significance of Record Linkage for Understanding Black-White Mortality Differentials"
    Joseph Lariscy 

"Cigarette Smoking and Cause-Specific Mortality in the United States" 
    Joseph Lariscy

Washington University in St. Louis 
“Interaction between Financial Environment of Firms and Labor Outcomes” 
    Roni Kisin (along with colleagues from the University of Southern California and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors)

 “Access to Care, Prevention, and Costs for People with Kidney Disease: Can the ACA Help?” 
    Abigail Barker


Contact Jacob Cronin, RDC Administrator, at or (573) 884-9122, or visit the Population, Education and Health Center (PEHC) website

The PEHC was established through funding from many departments and divisions at the University of Missouri, including the School of Medicine; College of Human Environmental Sciences; College of Engineering; School of Journalism; Trulaske College of Business; College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; College of Education; College of Arts & Science; School of Health Professions; Truman School of Public Affairs, Provost’s Office, and Mizzou Advantage.
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