Econometrica Reflects on 2017 and Gets Ready to Celebrate the New Year

Econometrica Reflects on 2017 and Gets Ready to Celebrate the New Year

Econometrica’s Year in Review

2017 Year-in-Review Book

Download our 2017 year-in-review book, Innovative Solutions.

This year represented one of change and expansion for Econometrica. Our Regulatory & Economic Analysis Group, formerly called the Transportation Group, continues to work on exciting projects such as one for the U.S. Census Bureau’s Center for Disclosure Avoidance. This software development project focuses on developing and implementing sophisticated disclosure avoidance algorithms that will allow policymakers to understand and disclose the tradeoff between data accuracy and privacy protection. This is the first implementation of the advanced algorithms globally.

The Housing & Community Development Group continues its work on various projects, both on the ground and remotely, to support public housing agencies, cities, and other entities, including our inaugural work for NeighborWorks® America. The group is conducting work initiated in 2010 with the receipt of our first-ever U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Planning and Development Cooperative Agreement, and we have earned several successful awards under this Cooperative Agreement in the years since.

Our Health Group’s current project work crosses the following four main sectors: (1) Qualitative & Survey Research, (2) Learning & Diffusion, (3) Measurement & Improvement, and (4) Data Analytics. The Health Group ended the year on a positive note with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology for our grants management work.

Not everything was positive at Econometrica. In August, we lost a dear colleague and friend, Steve McGonegal. Steve was employed as a senior economist at Econometrica for 8 years and passed away after prolonged illness. We miss his outgoing personality and ability to engage anyone and everyone in conversation. Our thoughts are with his family, and we are deeply saddened by the loss.

We were also saddened by the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, and we banded together to raise funds in response to this natural disaster. We proudly raised more than $2,600 from employee and corporate contributions to aid the Central Texas Food Bank in their efforts to bring relief to Hurricane Harvey victims.

Looking toward the future, we predict that 2018 will be a banner year! 2018 marks Econometrica’s 20th anniversary, and we will celebrate the occasion each month with a special event. Stay tuned to see what we have planned!

Thank you to all our employees, partners, and clients for all of your hard work and support. We wish you all happy holidays and a most prosperous and joyous Happy New Year!

Looking toward the future, we predict that 2018 will be a banner year! 2018 marks Econometrica’s 20th anniversary, and we will celebrate the occasion each month with a special event.

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2017 National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

2017 National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

Annually, in conjunction with the winter solstice, the National Coalition for the Homeless, the National Consumer Advisory Board, and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council recognize those who have died homeless in the preceding year. The 2017 National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day will take place on Thursday, December 21.

Econometrica is a technical assistance provider and research organization that delivers professional services to federal, state, and local governments, as well as to nonprofit and quasi-governmental organizations. Throughout the years, we have supported research inquiries[1][2][3][4] that included homelessness as a topic, and we have provided referrals to specific homelessness-related technical assistance to some of the grantees we assist. We also have staff members who have donated their time in the annual Point in Time count, for which they have helped identify and account for sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a given night in January. This annual count is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for Continuums of Care.

The work we do, especially as it relates to public and affordable housing as well as health, demonstrates our commitment to understanding, reducing, and eliminating homelessness in the United States. On the occasion of the 2017 National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, we pause to pay respects to those lives lost, and we reaffirm our efforts to provide services that work toward preventing future such deaths.

[1] https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/ahs/2010_high_rent_burdens_v2.pdf

[2] https://www.huduser.gov/portal/publications/housing-needs-native-hawaiians.html

[3] https://www.huduser.gov/portal/publications/HNAIHousingNeeds.html

[4] https://www.huduser.gov/portal/publications/NAHSG-UrbanStudy.html

The 2017 National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day will take place on Thursday, December 21.

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Expressing Clinician Well-Being Through Art

Expressing Clinician Well-Being Through Art

Econometrica Will Participate in Community Art Project

According to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), clinician burnout can lead to serious consequences, including medical error and clinician suicide. Focusing on improving clinician well-being improves the quality of the care team. In order to promote conversation around clinician well-being, NAM is asking artists to express what clinician burnout, clinician well-being, and clinician resilience looks, sounds, and feels like.

Last year, NAM used art as a way to promote conversations around health equity. NAM successfully involved participants from diverse communities across the United States. Artwork from the Visualize Health Equity project can be viewed online.

Econometrica has experience with behavioral health issues and improving patient care through clinician well-being, including our efforts on Partnership for Patients for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Our employees will submit artwork to show what clinician well-being means to us. Stay tuned to see the artwork we create!

Focusing on improving clinician well-being improves the quality of the care team.

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World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day

Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS and Fair Housing

December 1 is World AIDS Day, an annual recognition of the impact of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic and an attempt to raise awareness to celebrate successes and encourage continued work to treat, study, and support HIV/AIDS efforts.

In the United States, many of the federal government offices and agencies dedicated to health and human services commemorate this health awareness day. The 2017 theme is “Increasing Impact Through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships.”

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development administers the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program; this is the only federal program dedicated to the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. You can learn more about eligibility requirements, the rules/regulations, and other aspects of the program here: https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/hopwa/.

Discrimination based on HIV and AIDS is illegal; this includes the unlawful denial of housing or access to housing. Learn more about fair housing and anti-discrimination resources at:

Other World AIDS Day web pages include:

 

Econometrica offers an array of housing and community development services, including those focused on public and affordable housing. Many of the municipalities and public housing agencies we have worked with offer programs and services through HOPWA funding.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development administers the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program; this is the only federal program dedicated to the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS.

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National Book Month: Data & Analytics Group’s Favorites

In recognition of National Book Month and the many reading-related events celebrated in October, Econometrica’s Data & Analytics Group members have compiled a short list of some of their favorite reads related to regulatory analysis and economics.

Why You Should Get a Flu Vaccination

Why You Should Get a Flu Vaccination

Getting the flu is no fun, and it can be far more serious than just keeping you away from the office for a few days. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized due to the flu—and as many as 56,000 people die from flu-related illnesses—every year. A simple, safe, and effective way to prevent these illnesses is to get the flu vaccination. Not only does the flu vaccine protect you from the flu, it protects the people around you and can help prevent other large-scale healthcare issues like the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs. In fact, Econometrica worked with CDC to teach people about the important role every vaccination plays in avoiding widespread antibiotic resistance.

In the United States, “flu season” commonly starts around October and ends as late as May. CDC recommends that everyone older than 6 months of age receive a flu vaccine every year. It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine for the 2018 season, so if you haven’t already been vaccinated, now is the time! It takes about 2 weeks after receiving your flu shot to be protected against the flu. View CDC’s table of recommended vaccinations for the 2018–2019 flu season.

There is a common misconception that getting the flu shot could cause a person to get the flu. This is not the case: The flu shot is made with either an inactive flu vaccination virus or with no flu virus at all—neither of which can give you the flu. While there is a possibility of experiencing minor side effects such as soreness around the area of the flu shot, fevers, and aches, these short-term side effects are minor compared to the effects of contracting the flu. If you are concerned about getting the flu shot, read CDC’s guide on who should get the flu shot and who should take precautions when considering flu immunization.

Econometrica has a history of working with partners in the health sector to increase flu immunization rates. Recently, we worked with the Health Services and Resources Administration to develop educational messaging about immunization for parents of young children.

If you have not gotten your flu vaccination, find a place to get one today! You do not need a doctor to get your flu shot, and there are many locations to get a flu vaccine. Use this online Vaccine Finder tool to find the vaccination location nearest to you.

 

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm

Not only does the flu vaccine protect you from the flu, it protects the people around you and can help prevent other large-scale healthcare issues like the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs.

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Econometrica, Inc., to exhibit at NAHRO’s 2017 National Conference

Econometrica, Inc., to exhibit at NAHRO’s 2017 National Conference

For the second consecutive year, Econometrica will be exhibiting at the NAHRO National Conference & Exhibit from October 27 to 29 in beautiful Pittsburgh, PA. We are excited to return to this seminal event, and staff members Paul Watkins, Bethany Hase, and Margaret McGilvray are ready to attend sessions to keep up with the latest in public and affordable housing and community development. They’ll also be exhibiting at Booth 120 and have plenty of free swag to give away! Check out our special giveaways and photo fun. Learn more about the conference at NAHRO’s site, and be sure to check out Econometrica’s housing and community development resources before you go! #BuildTogether

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