In late October 2018, the Trump Administration announced a policy that may stabilize, and strengthen, the nongroup health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Surveys allow us to ask fundamental questions about people’s internal states (emotions, expectations, opinions, etc.) that cannot often be learned from observational data alone.  Through sampling, survey statisticians are able to select respondents in a way that closely reflects a population’s composition. For decades, high-quality statistical estimates generated with these methods have transformed the landscape of public policy, business, and social science research.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK—RTI International and the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health announced today that research grants from the Initiative to Maximize Partnerships and Catalyze Teamwork (IMPACT), a new seed fund designed to develop deep research expertise in environment and health technical areas, have been awarded to three project teams with representatives from each institution.

As U.S. public schools become increasingly diverse racially, culturally and economically, they are turning to social emotional programs to better serve the different ways in which students interact with and invest in schooling and their education. Social emotional learning (SEL) creates learning environments that are positive, safe and productive for learning, supporting students in school, career and life success.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK—In a show of support for North Carolina residents affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, RTI International and its employees have donated a combined total of $202,524 to the American Red Cross relief funds.

“RTI employees dedicate their lives to improving the human condition,” said Lisa May, executive vice president of Human Resources at RTI. “Their concern for people extends far beyond the workplace as is evidenced by their generosity in donating to organizations like the American Red Cross.”

Health Equity may have been the theme of this year’s APHA Annual Meeting, but what really stole the show were the topics of media, money, and politics. While meeting our daily step goals (even without participating in the Steps Challenge) traversing between the San Diego convention center and the Hilton to attend various oral presentations, films, and networking events, these three domains and their impact on our ability to achieve health equity as a nation was ever present.

In 2016, 11.5 million people 12 + years old in the U.S. reported having misused prescription pain medications in the past year. According to the National Institute for Drug Abuse, 115 Americans die every day from opioid overdose, which includes prescription pain relievers, heroin and fentanyl.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC- The Maintenance of Certification Assessment for Pediatrics (MOCA-Peds), a new online assessment platform developed by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) with help from RTI International, will soon enable pediatricians to complete their certification exams in convenient, non-proctored, and “on demand” settings.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC—December 3, 2018—Following a nationwide call for ideas and a day-long Misinformation Solutions Forum at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C., three multidisciplinary teams were named winners of the first Misinformation Solution Prizes in November. Today, project leads Brian Southwell and Vanessa Boudewyns released a publication of the edited essays and work from all participants in the Forum.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded RTI International the Power Africa East Africa Energy Program to expand affordable and reliable electricity services in East Africa, with the ultimate goal of supporting development priorities, including inclusive economic growth, security, and improved health and education outcomes.