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A crowd-sourced collection of resources for population health scientists, practitioners and policy-makers. Click each topic below to see the resources currently available.


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A crowd-sourced collection of resources for population health scientists, practitioners and policy-makers. Click each topic below to see the resources currently available.

  • Undergraduate teaching in population health. Browse our collection of syllabi gathered by IAPHS member Lindsay Till Hoyt.

    Resources for researchers interested in knowledge exchange.  This includes a knowledge exchange toolkit; profiles of ten knowledge exchange projects, and websites and articles with more information. These materials are provided by the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin for anyone interested in knowledge exchange with partners such as community groups, policymakers, and government organizations who are seeking strategies to improve population health.

    Training in Interdisciplinary Health Science: Current Successes and Future Needs. This report, commissioned by the IOM Roundtable on Population Health Improvement, offers a vision and specific recommendations for future training in interdisciplinary population health science based on a June 1-2, 2015 meeting of population health leaders at the Institute of Medicine in Washington DC.

    RWJF Health & Society Scholars video, highlighting various aspects of population health research, communication, and application. Individual clips may also be downloaded free of charge and include:

    Building the Science of Population Health: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program 2001–2016 and Beyond. This report summarizes how the Health & Society Scholars (HSS) program was carried out and highlights lessons learned based on 13 years of experience in producing interdisciplinary population health scientists. The report, written by Kristin Harper on the basis of interviews with HSS participants, faculty, advisors, and funders as well as extensive documentation about the program’s operations over its lifetime, is also available in Executive Summary form.

  • PodcastHaving Friends, Socializing as Important to Good Health as Diet, Exercise The Population Reference Bureau interviews researcher Kathleen Mullan Harris about how social connections affect specific health measures.

    WebinarWhat’s Next for Integrated Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) and Family Planning? On Dec. 13 the PACE Project hosted an Africa PHE quarterly webinar with guest speaker, Teresa Casale, senior advocacy associate at PAI, to discuss how President Trump’s administration may impact U.S. government global funding for family planning and reproductive health.

    The Genomics and Health Disparities Lecture Series was formed to enhance opportunities for dialogue about how innovations in genomics research and technology can impact health disparities. Topics range from basic science to translational research. The lecture series is co-sponsored by institutes at the National Institutes of Health (National Human Genome Research Institute, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities) and the Office of Minority Health at the Food and Drug Administration.

    Making a Career as a Population Health Scientist: Panel discussion moderated by Jo Ivey Boufford, MD at the RWJF Health & Society Scholars annual conference, New Orleans, April 2016 (video, 44 min). Includes 4 short talks on interdisciplinary collaboration and translation (see also listings under Interdisciplinary Resources and Tools for Translation):

    Challenges and Opportunities in Health Disparities Research. Inaugural lecture by Ana Diez Roux, MD, MPH for the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)’s Director’s Seminar Series. Dr. Diez Roux’s presentation addressed conceptual models of health disparities; implications for research and action; methodological challenges; and emerging directions and promising areas for collaboration (runtime: one and one half hours). 

  • Health Disparities Tool: The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) partnered with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) to expand DATA2020, the data search function, to include a tool that shows health disparities information for measurable, population–based objectives where data are available. Use the health disparities tool on DATA2020.  For more information, click here.

    Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx). The GHDx is comprehensive catalog of health and demographic datasets from around the world, including surveys, censuses, vital statistics, and other health-related data. The goal of the GHDx is to help people locate data by cataloging information about data including the topics covered, by providing links to data providers or explaining how to acquire the data, and in cases where we have permission, providing the data directly for download. Use the GHDx to research population census data, surveys, registries, indicators and estimates, administrative health data, and financial data related to health. Data made available for download by IHME can be used, shared, modified, or built upon via the Open Data Commons Attribution License.

    2014 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander National Health Interview Survey (NHPI NHIS) Data.  This is the first federal survey designed exclusively to measure the health of the civilian noninstitutionalized Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander population of the United States. It was conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics using the standard 2014 NHIS survey instrument.

    County Health Rankings. A collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the annual County Health Rankings rank the health of nearly every county in the US and also provide measures of vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income inequality, and teen births in nearly every county in America. The program also provides Roadmaps that provide guidance and tools to understand the data, and strategies that communities can use to move into action.

    The Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS) Announces Release of New Data: Wave 4 (2015). MHAS was designed to prospectively evaluate the impact of disease on the health, function and mortality of adults over the age of 50 in both urban and rural areas of Mexico. Data available in English and Spanish.

    Performance, Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020): PMA2020 uses mobile devices to routinely gather nationally and sub-nationally representative data on family planning and water and sanitation.

    INDEPTH Network is a network of health and demographic surveillance systems in low-income and middle-income countries. The network maintains a freely accessible repository which includes health and demographic data from 26 health research centers covering 11 countries in Africa and Asia, 1.3 million individuals and over 5.3·million person-years of observations.

    500 Cities Project. Data on 27 chronic disease measures, health outcomes, and clinical preventive service use for the 500 largest U.S. cities is available on-line thanks to a collaboration among the CDC, the CDC Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. An interactive website provides the ability to retrieve, visualize, and explore uniformly-defined city and census tract-level data. The data are derived from small area estimates.

    HealthLandscape is an interactive web atlas that brings together various sources of health, socio-economic and environmental information in a convenient, central location.  Part of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the site makes data and mapping tools freely available to the public, with applications related to health workforce & medical education, population indicators, and community data portals . A few examples of the many tools it offers:

    Guide for the establishment of health observatories. This publication from the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa provides guidance for the creation of health observatories which gather, analyze, synthesize and share reliable and quality health information on population health and health services.  Released April 2016.

    Malawi Journals Project: Data now available for public use. These ethnographic journals written by local participant observers between 1999 and the present provide a unique perspective on the responses of rural Malawians to the AIDS epidemic.

    IPUMS-DHS includes harmonized Demographic and Health Survey data from 23 African and Asian countries and over 100 surveys. The more than 5000 consistently coded variables cover a wide range of topics on the health and well-being of women of childbearing age, their young children, and their births, now with newly added material from Morocco and Congo Democratic Republic. IPUMS-DHS data are available for free online to researchers approved to download data from The DHS Program.

    National Survey of Children’s Health. HRSA has released new data from the redesigned National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) from more than 50,000 households across the U.S. Funded and directed by HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, this voluntary survey provides annual national- and state-level estimates of key measures of child health and well-being such as obesity, mental health, and bullying. Anyone can access the data free of charge.

    The Healthy People 2020 team is pleased to announce the release of its health disparities data widget.  It provides an easy way to find health disparities data related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives for the Leading Health Indicators (LHIs).  LHIs are critical health issues that—if tackled appropriately—will dramatically reduce the leading causes of death and preventable illnesses.  The widget provides charts and graphs of disparities data so you have shareable data at your fingertips.  Use data by: Disparity type (including disability, education, income, location, race and ethnicity, and sex; and Leading Health Indicator.

    The EURO-HEALTHY Atlas of Population Health in European Union Regions is a comprehensive guide illustrating what is known, that is, which are the most and least healthy regions in European Union, what are the current determinants shaping the future health outcomes of those regions, how the opportunity for good health differs among those regions and how health can be improved. 

    HDPulse: An Ecosystem of Health Disparities and Minority Health Resources. This site from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities features a Data Portal that houses data collected from public health surveillance systems, published reports, and public use files. The portal offers quick, easy access to descriptive statistics, interactive graphics, and maps that can help tell the story of health disparities burdens at the state level. An Intervention Portal (forthcoming in Fall 2018) will give users a way to submit, code, find, sort, and download interventions and resources related to minority health and health disparities, such as community-based programs or published studies.

  • NIH: Updated Information, Tools, and Resources Regarding the Definition of a Clinical Trial

    Methodspace – From SAGE Publishing, this is a site called that offers a blog, videos, opportunities and more related to a variety of topics in social science methods.  Recent offerings address use of social media, data visualization, mixed methods, “the methodology of inequality,” and more.

    HHS Announces Final Changes to Human Subjects Research Regulations:  see the final text for changes to the Common Rule.

    New NIH Clinical Trials Policies: what are the implications for behavioral and social sciences research?  Read the blog post from the Director of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences research.

    eLearning Course: Good Clinical Practice for Social and Behavioral Research. Aimed at NIH grantees.

  • Symbioses is an interdisciplinary research network that connects life scientists, social scientists, and humanities scholars working at the nexus of biology and social life.  The group hosts periodic meetings, shares resources, and maintains a mailing list.  Check out their website and click on the membership page to add your name to the mailing list.

    The Science of Team Science (SciTS) is a program established by the National Cancer Institute to build the knowledge base for effective team science.  The program developed a toolkit for team science and holds annual conferences.

    Making a Career as a Population Health Scientist: Full panel discussion moderated by Jo Ivey Boufford, MD at the RWJF Health & Society Scholars annual conference, New Orleans, April 2016 (video, 44 min). Includes 3 short talks on interdisciplinary collaboration (see also listing under Tools for Translation):

    The Health Equity Scholars & Alumni Network, or HHESA Network, aims to become a united front in addressing health inequities across discipline and/or institutions. HHESA is part of the Health Disparities Education, Awareness, Research and Training Consortium (HDEART-C), a consortium of 40 institutions and organizations in the US, as well as abroad in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Mexico.  The HHESA Network was also created to allow those individuals who were not at HDEART-C institutions or organizations and share a common philosophy of addressing health inequities in a biopsychosocial or “holistic” manner to become a part of this effort.  To join HHESA Network, please click here.  More information about HHESA can be found here

  • This website from Human Impact Partners provides 25+ case studies of how health departments across the country have concretely advanced health equity.  The site is structured around a set of strategic practices that can guide health departments (and their partners) down their unique path. The practices are organized by the following themes:

    • Working across government
    • Building internal infrastructure
    • Fostering community partnerships
    • Championing transformative change

    Policy Communication Toolkit. This toolkit consolidates tools, materials, and approaches that the Population Reference Bureau has developed and refined over 30 years of training researchers to communicate to policy audiences. A product of the USAID-funded Policy, Advocacy, and Communications Enhanced for Population and Family Planning (PACE) Project.  Watch a webinar about how to use the toolkit.

    Creating Products that Engage Policy-Makers: Blending Policy, Research, and Practice: Comments by Wizdom Powell, PhD, RWJF Health & Society Scholars annual conference, New Orleans, April 2016 (video, 9 min). (See also full panel video, Making a Career as a Population Health Scientist: moderated by Jo Ivey Boufford, MD at the RWJF Health & Society Scholars annual conference, New Orleans, April 2016 (44 min).

    A new resource from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine highlights promising community-driven approaches to advance health equity. Based on the report Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equitythis interactive hub showcases examples of communities activating strategies to reduce health inequity, as well as actions and messages for the different sectors that can play a part.

    Ready to get started? Click here to explore the new resource.


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