• Sunday, October 13th, 2013

    The next major implementation steps from the Affordable Care Act will begin on October 1, 2013 through the beginning of the open enrollment period for insurance coverage through the Health Benefits Marketplaces. Dentistry and dental public health could be affected in a variety of ways including through expansions in insurance coverage, implications for care for vulnerable populations through the public and private safety net, and potential financing and delivery system changes.

  • Friday, October 11th, 2013

    The Public Policy Center, as part of its 25th Anniversary celebration, will sponsor in part:

    Life After: Activist Memorials and Digital Collaboration

    A Symposium of Public Discussions and Performances

    October 11, 2013: 9:30am-6pm

    Locations: Old Capitol Museum, Iowa Theatre (formerly Bijou) in IMU, the Englert Theatre

    See for detailed schedule, sponsors, and up-to-the-minute-updates.

    Free and open to the public

  • Friday, October 4th, 2013

    A survey conducted by the Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa shows that while most children in Iowa have a medical home base, some are being left behind, including those with special needs, public insurance or who are African‑American.

  • Friday, October 4th, 2013

    Bayesian statistics has long been overlooked in the quantitative methods training for social and behavioral scientists.  Typically, the only introduction that a student might have to Bayesian ideas is a brief overview of Bayes' theorem while studying probability in an introductory statistics class.  This is not surprising.  First, until recently, it was not feasible to conduct statistical modeling from a Bayesian perspective because of its complexity and lack of available software.  Second, Bayesian statistics represents a powerful alternative to frequentist (classical)

  • Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

    October 1 is an important milestone in the rollout of health reform. The new insurance marketplace – where Iowans can select health coverage – goes live October 1. Tune in to River to River on Iowa Public Radio, Tuesday October 1 at Noon, as PPC Director Peter Damiano discusses health care reform.


    Ames/Des Moines - WOI 640 AM

    Cedar Rapids /Iowa City/Quad Cities - WSUI 910 AM

    Clear Lake/Mason City - KRNI 1010 AM

  • Thursday, September 26th, 2013

    Have you ever spruced up your blog post with somebody’s Flickr image? Maybe you’re thinking about posting your acoustic cover of Robin Thicke to YouTube. If so, The Studio has the perfect panel discussion for you!

  • Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

    While a growing body of studies has investigated the role of framing in shaping social movement outcomes –as well as the moderation of frames’ resonance by discursive opportunities– relatively little research has examined how local community-level activism combines synergistically with national-level media activism in shaping the political outcomes of social movements. Moreover, research has yet to examine which factors influence both public and media discursive opportunity structures.

  • Monday, September 16th, 2013

    The Obermann Center, as part of their yearlong series, Designing the Future, will host "Imagining and Being Imagined by Technologies— A Conversation with Two Futurists—Bruce Sterling and Dan Reed." Sterling and Reed will converse on stage at the Englert Theatre about the future of technology.

  • Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

    Data from the Iowa Household Health Survey indicate that Iowa has fewer uninsured children than the national rate. However, the majority of those who are uninsured live in households under 200% of the federal poverty level, and may be eligible for public health insurance programs, such as Medicaid and hawk-i. While Iowa has made significant progress in insuring its children, more work must be done to ensure that insurance resources reach everyone who is eligible.

  • Monday, June 17th, 2013

    The IHHS report has been released. Learn more about the data related to weight, eating habits and physical activity.