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September 23rd Webinar - An Annual Conversation with the U.S. Census Bureau: 2019 Health Insurance Coverage Data from the American Community Survey (ACS) & Current Population Survey (CPS)September 4, 2020:
On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, SHADAC researchers and U.S. Census Bureau experts held a webinar that examined the new 2019 health insurance coverage data at both the national and the state level, as well as by coverage type, from both the American Community Survey (ACS) and the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC).
In addition to further details on important health insurance coverage data and trends,
webinar attendees learned about:
- When to use which estimates from which survey
- How to access the estimates via Census reports and Census data site: data.census.gov
- How to access state-level estimates from the ACS using SHADAC tables
Panelists on this webinar included:
Lynn Blewett, PhD - the founding Director of SHADAC, as well as a Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, where she teaches graduate courses on the U.S. health care system and international health systems. Dr. Blewett has a committed history in working and researching health policy, access to care, Medicaid coverage, and payment policy with experience at both the state and national levels. She has expertise in leading applied policy research, directing research with diverse funding, analyzing state and federal data resources and translating research to inform health policy. Her health policy experience includes legislative work for the U.S. Senate and state policy work as Director of the Health Economics Program for the Minnesota Department of Health. Dr. Blewett holds a Ph.D. and a master's in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Laryssa Mykyta, PhD - the chief of the Health and Disability Statistics Branch in the Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division at the U.S. Census Bureau. The Health and Disability Statistics Branch is primarily responsible for analyzing and publishing data collected on health insurance coverage, health status and health care utilization, and disability. These data are collected in the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement, the American Community Survey, and the Survey of Income and Program Participation. Her research interests focus on how changing economic conditions influence health and well-being. Ms. Mykyta was previously an assistant professor in sociology and director of the Center for Survey Research and Policy Analysis at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Ms. Mykyta received her doctorate in sociology and demography from the University of Pennsylvania.
Katherine Keisler-Starkey, PhD - an Economist and Survey Statistician at the U.S. Census Bureau. Ms. Keisler-Starkey's research interests focus on Applied Microeconomics, including Health Economics, Public Finance, and Labor Statistics. Ms. Keisler-Starkey received a Ph.D in Economics, a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Robert Hest, MPP - manages SHADAC’s State Health Compare website, coordinating data processing, quality assurance, dissemination and documentation of data used on the cite. Robert also works on SHADAC’s Minnesota Long-term Care Projection Model (MN-LPM), which projects future long-term care utilization and spending among older adults in Minnesota. In addition, Mr. Hest leads a project tracking and analyzing 1332 State Innovation Waivers for State-Based Reinsurance programs. Before joining the SHADAC staff as a Research Fellow in October 2017, Robert worked at SHADAC as a Graduate Research Assistant. He earned his Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs with an emphasis in Policy Analysis, and he received his Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College in Political Science.
A recording of the webinar is available to view and download at the top of this page, and slides and a transcript are also available for download.