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Todays Research on Aging

August 2013: Article As part of the University of Michigan's efforts to disseminate research results from Centers for the Demography and Economics of Aging supported by the National Institute on Aging, PRB produces an e-newsletter series called Today's Research on Aging.

In Memoriam: Hans Rosling

February 2017: Article We at Population Reference Bureau were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Hans Rosling, an eminent visual communicator of data with whom we had the great fortune to collaborate.

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Infographic: Neighborhood Features Play a Role in Healthy Aging in Place

Research finds that a neighborhood’s physical features—from broken sidewalks and high crime to plentiful parks and low air pollution—may be related to older residents’ health and ability to age in place. This infographic provides an overview of recent research on features of the physical environment linked to age-related disease.

Global Youth Family Planning Index: Measuring Commitment to Effective Policy and Program Interventions

October 2016: Report Governments around the world have made great strides in creating policies that support young people. Increasingly, countries have formalized the rights of adolescents and young people to access sexual and reproductive health services. Despite growing commitment from decisionmakers, many barriers remain for young people who want to use contraception.

How Neighborhoods Affect the Health and Well-Being of Older Americans

February 2017: Report Most Americans say they want to age in place in their own communities, but their health and ability to remain independent is shaped in part by their neighborhoods. Research finds that the social, economic, demographic, and physical characteristics of communities may influence older residents’ health and well-being.

Data in New Wallchart Show Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Declining in Many Countries

February 2017: Article New evidence suggests that the share of women and girls who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is declining in many countries, with girls less likely to be cut than previous generations of women.

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The more social ties people have at an early age, the better their health in young adulthood and old age, according to a 2016 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Their study was the first to definitively link social connections with specific health measures such as abdominal obesity, inflammation, and high blood pressure—all of which increase the risk of disease, including heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

Baby Boomers and Millennials Boost Population in Parts of Rural America

January 2017: Article Two demographic groups—young adults ages 20 to 34 and older adults ages 65 and older—are reshaping the population in rural America. Changes in the U.S. economy have attracted young adults to rural areas rich in natural resources away from smaller metropolitan and nearby nonmetropolitan areas. The older adult population, on the other hand, has grown rapidly in areas with strong ties to recreation—areas with robust entertainment industries or natural amenities such as mountains, lakes, and forests—many of which are in less-populated areas.

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Family Planning Population Health Environment Projects

Understanding the broad range of actors in the family planning landscape is critical to improving program advocacy and implementation. Staff at family planning organizations may be quite familiar with Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) and the High Impact Practices for Family Planning (HIPs), but not all members of the Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) community of practice are familiar with how to leverage FP2020 and the HIPs to implement and advocate for PHE projects. To bridge this gap, the PACE Project hosted an Africa PHE quarterly webinar with Jason Bremner (director, Data Performance and Management, FP2020) and Caitlin Thistle (technical advisor, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, USAID). Smita Gaith (policy analyst, PRB) moderated.

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What’s Next for Integrated Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) and Family Planning?

The policies of U.S. presidential administrations can influence foreign assistance funding and implementation, particularly around family planning and reproductive health. In light of the November U.S. presidential election, 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-elect Donald Trump’s administration may impact U.S. government global funding for family planning and reproductive health.

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