Population, Education and Health Center (PEHC) Newsletter

May 2016
Volume 1, Issue 2
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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). 
Peter Mueser and Colleen Heflin, Co-Directors
On November 10, 2015, the University of Missouri Research Data Center (MU RDC) opened in Ellis Library. The MU RDC provides a secure environment where researchers with approved projects can access restricted-use datasets from the Census Bureau and other federal agencies.

Interested in submitting a proposal or learning more about the MU RDC? Contact Jacob Cronin at (573) 884-9122 or, or visit the MU RDC website.

MU RDC Information Sessions

MU RDC staff present information sessions across the University of Missouri and Washington University in St. Louis campuses to describe demographic, economic, and health datasets available in the MU RDC and how to access the data. Updated slides from spring 2016 information sessions are available on the MU RDC website.

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

Chinedum ‘Chi-Chi’ Ojinnaka has accepted a joint postdoctoral fellowship 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.
PEH Seminar Series Schedule | Fall 2016

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

The PEH Seminar Series wrapped up another great semester! Thank you to Eileen Bjornstrom for scheduling a diverse group of speakers from MU and other institutions. If you have speaker suggestions, please contact Eileen Bjornstrom at
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

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

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

Training Opportunity:  
SIPP Synthetic Beta Summer Workshop at the University of Michigan

The Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan and the United States Census Bureau invite applications to participate in a four-day workshop, August 8-11, 2016, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This advanced workshop will introduce participants to the use of the Survey of Income and Program Participation Synthetic Beta (SSB) and provide hands-on applications for conducting SSB-based research.

Details and application instructions are available here

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


2014 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey-Insurance Component (MEPS-IC)
These data provide information on employer-sponsored health insurance benefits provided to employees in state and local government units. Separate files contain data on establishments, health plans, remarks, and nonresponse.  

Monthly Retail Trade Survey (MRTS)
MRTS is a monthly survey that provides current estimates of sales at retail and food services stores and inventories held by retail stores. The survey collects data from companies with one or more establishments that sell merchandise and related services to final consumers. Statistics include retail sales, inventories, and ratios of inventories-to-sales. 

2013 Business R&D and Innovation Survey (BRDIS)
The BRDIS is a national survey that collects critical information about research and development and innovation at businesses operating in the U.S. This survey provides detailed statistics on global and domestic R&D expenses of U.S.-based companies as well as statistics on the R&D workforce, intellectual property, technology transfer activities and innovation.

2013 Annual Retail Trade Survey (ARTS)
ARTS collects data on total annual sales, e-commerce sales, end-of-year inventories, inventory-to-sales ratios, purchases, total operating expenses, inventories held outside the U.S., gross margins, and end-of-year accounts receivable for retail businesses and annual sales, total operating expenses, and e-commerce sales for accommodation and food service firms located in the U.S.

Current Population Survey (CPS) Unbanked and Underbanked Supplement Files 
The FDIC sponsors the National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households to collect data on the number of U.S. households that are unbanked and underbanked, their demographic characteristics, and their reasons for being unbanked and underbanked. This survey was conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau as a special supplement to the CPS. The survey was first conducted in January 2009 and then again in June 2011 and June 2013. 

2013 Annual Wholesale Trade Survey (AWTS)
AWTS collects data from merchant wholesale companies on sales, e-commerce, end-of-year inventories, inventories held outside the U.S., purchases, and total operating expenses. Sales tax and detailed expense items are collected every five years, with the most recent collection in 2012. 


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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