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Podcast episode explores how the Census impacts public health

Apr 3, 2020

Decisions about where to build hospitals and how to allocate emergency medical equipment are critical during a pandemic, and driven by a source you might not expect. This week’s episode of the Democracy Works podcast, produced by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy and WPSU, examines the role…

About nine family members to suffer grief from every COVID-19 fatality

Apr 3, 2020

Deaths from COVID-19 will have a ripple effect causing impacts on the mental health and health of surviving family members. But the extent of that impact has been hard to assess until now. Every death from COVID-19 will impact approximately nine surviving family members, according to a study. In a…

Population researchers contribute to special newsletter on COVID-19 topics

Apr 3, 2020

The work of applied demographers and population research scientists addressing the COVID1-19 pandemic is the focus a special issue of “Applied Demography,” the official publication of the Population Association of America (PAA). According to editor Alexis Santos, assistant professor of human…

Take Note: Penn State Prof. Jenny Van Hook On Coronavirus And The Census

Apr 3, 2020

SSRI cofund and PRI affiliate Jenny Van Hook is interviewed for WPSU's Take Note on the consequences of a Census undercount. Van Hook is the Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography at Penn State and a former member of the Census Advisory Board. She was an expert witness in the legal fight…

Grief from COVID-19 impact may trigger secondary health and mental health crisis

Apr 3, 2020

The loss of life caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic may just be the first tragic wave to hit the country, according to researchers. Grief from the deaths of close relatives and a sudden loss of support could create serious health, mental health and economic issues for grieving family members…

Research information outlines Pennsylvania specifics related to COVID-19

Apr 3, 2020

Many Pennsylvania residents are facing an increased risk for severe symptoms of the novel coronavirus, while having limited access to medical services, and policy briefs from Penn State’s Pennsylvania Population Network (PPN) demonstrate why. Raeven Chandler, assistant research professor and…

Project to study pandemic impacts on Alaskan salmon season

Apr 3, 2020

Bristol Bay, Alaska is home to the world's largest commercial sockeye salmon fishery, attracting thousands of fishermen, crews, and seasonal workers and tripling the region’s population. Running from early June to late July, the short salmon season is facing a new challenge this year, the…

Penn State researchers evaluating Twitter data during pandemic

Apr 2, 2020

By collecting global Twitter data from the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, Penn State researchers have developed a dashboard that tracks geotagged tweets to allow researchers and policymakers assess public reactions to the pandemic. “Geotagged Twitter data provides significant opportunities to…

PPN Brief on COVID19 and the aging population in PA

Mar 31, 2020

New from the Pennsylvania Population Network (PPN) is the PPN Brief "COVID19 & The Commonwealth: Vulnerable Populations in Pennsylvania: Aging". Key findings include: Median Age of PA is 40.7 with 23.7% of the state being 60 Plus 11 counties report having zero ICU beds, seven of which are…
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Applied Demography Special Issue on COVID1-19

Mar 31, 2020

The work of applied demographers and population research scientists addressing the COVID1-19 pandemic is the focus a special issue of Applied Demography, the official publication of the Population Association of America. The editorial was written by SSRI cofunded faculty member Alexis Santos, while…
News Topics: COVID-19