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November 2017

Jessica Ho, USC

November 29, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“Contemporary Trends in American Mortality: International Comparisons and Emerging Challenges” Abstract: The decades surrounding the turn of the 21st century have been a challenging period for American mortality. The United States is currently facing a large-scale opioid epidemic, and life expectancy barely increased between 2010 and 2015. This talk will cover various dimensions of contemporary trends in American mortality including the contribution of drug overdose to educational gradients in life expectancy, an analysis of the contemporary drug overdose epidemic in international…

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Jennifer Skeem, UC Berkeley

November 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“’What works’ for justice-involved people with mental illness” Abstract:  Each year, over 2 million people with serious mental illness are booked into U.S. jails. These people typically stay longer in jail than those without mental illness—and, upon release, are more likely to be reincarcerated. Today, over 300 counties have resolved to “step up” their efforts to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jail. In this presentation, I highlight research on “what works” to reduce re-offending among justice-involved…

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Victoria Baranov, University of Melbourne

November 8, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“Mental health and women’s choices. Experimental evidence from a Randomized Control Trial. “ Abstract: We evaluate the long-term impact of treating maternal depression on women’s financial empowerment and parenting decisions by exploiting experimental variation induced by a cluster-randomized control trial which provided psychotherapy to perinatally depressed mothers in rural Pakistan. The trial, which is the largest psychotherapy trial in the world, was highly successful at reducing depression rates of mothers. We relocate mothers 6 years after the intervention concluded to evaluate the…

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Rodrigo Soares, Columbia University

November 1, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“Does Universalization of Health Work? Evidence from Health Systems Restructuring and Maternal and Child Health in Brazil“ Abstract: We investigate restructuring of the health system in Brazil motivated to operationalize universal health coverage. Using administrative data from multiple sources and an event study approach that exploits the staggered rollout of programmatic changes across municipalities, we find large reductions in maternal, foetal, neonatal and postneonatal mortality, and fertility. We document increased prenatal care visits, hospital births and other maternal and child hospitalization,…

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October 2017

Mark Kaplan, UCLA

October 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“Title: The Impact of Socioenvironmental Stressors on Alcohol-Linked Suicides: A Nationwide Postmortem Study” Abstract: Not only is suicide a major public health problem, but also, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8,179 deaths and 273,206 years of potential life lost resulted from alcohol attributable suicides in 2006-10 (the latest years available). Since 2011, Professor Kaplan and his colleagues have worked with the National Violent Death Reporting System Restricted Access Database on two projects funded by the National Institute…

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David Chae, Auburn University

October 18, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“Getting Under the Skin: Socio-Psychobiological Pathways and Racial Disparities in Health.“ Abstract: Racism is physically embodied through social, behavioral, and psychobiological mechanisms. In this talk, David H. Chae, will discuss the utility of a social-ecological and developmental lens to examine how racism is biologically embedded. He will discuss his research on multiple levels of racism and the channels through which they compromise health throughout the lifecourse. More on Prof. Chae

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Roland Rau, University of Rostock

October 11, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“Title: The challenges of estimating mortality in small areas — using German counties as a case study” Abstract:  We develop and analyze Bayesian models that produce good estimates of complete mortality schedules for small areas, even when the expected number of deaths is very small. The models also provide estimates of uncertainty about local mortality schedules. The TOPALS relational model is the primary building block, used to model age-specific mortality rates within each small area. TOPALS models produce estimates for single-year ages…

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2017-2018 CCPR Welcome and Introductions

October 4, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Please come join us to learn all about the California Center for Population Research! Professors Judith Seltzer, Till von Wachter, and Jennie Brand will be presenting. This will be the kick-off event for the start of the upcoming 2017-2018 CCPR Seminar Series.

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