Sessions

Keynote Address

Richard P. Vilelo, Jr., Deputy Secretary for Community Affairs and Development
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

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Plenary Address

Kristofer “Bret” Bucklen, Ph.D., Chief of Projections and Population Statistics
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

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Overview of the Enterprise Data Dissemination Informatics Exchange (EDDIE) System
Brian Wright, Statistical Support Manager at the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DoH)

Through the Department’s Health Statistics website you will find the latest available data analysis and health statistics for Pennsylvania. Aggregate data and statistics are readily available based on a variety of sources such as vital records (births, deaths, reported pregnancies, abortions), cancer incidence, behavioral risk factors, communicable and sexually transmitted diseases, health facilities, etc. Our statistical products cover a wide variety of health topics suitable for community health assessments, research, planning and evaluating public health initiatives, and general public inquiry. Also accessible through the Health Statistics website is the Enterprise Data Dissemination Informatics Exchange (EDDIE) system, which is an interactive health statistics dissemination web tool allowing users the ability to create customized data tables and maps. The EDDIE system was developed to empower public health professionals by enhancing and expanding upon their ability to use data and statistics to drive public health policy and program decisions.

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iCount: A Call for AAPI Data Disaggregation
Tiffany Chang Lawson, Executive Director of the Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs.

Achieving an accurate picture of the our increasingly diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) populations is a critical issue for the fastest growing racial group in the United States. Learn how the lack of data disaggregation amongst the Asian American and Pacific Islander population, and the model minority myth have masked significant needs of underserved AAPI subpopulations. This session will identify the barriers, challenges, and opportunities to develop strategies based on best practices.

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Pennsylvanians’ Perceptions of Police Body Worn Cameras
Jennifer Gibbs, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Penn State Harrisburg
Timothy Servinksy, Jr., Project Manager with the Center for Survey Research at Penn State Harrisburg

Driven largely by coverage of police-public tension and developing technology, many have called for body worn cameras for police. Policing agencies throughout Pennsylvania have tested this new technology in its various forms and the Pennsylvania State legislature is investigating state wiretap policies that dictate where and when police may record their interactions with the public. While politicians, the media and a portion of police have embraced police body worn cameras, where do residents of the Commonwealth stand? To answer this question, the Center for Survey Research at Penn State Harrisburg asked 600 randomly selected Pennsylvanians whether they feel safer when police wear body cameras. A summary of the findings will be presented, with a particular focus on differences in opinion among social groups. Implications for policy will be discussed.

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Data Driven Approaches in Criminal Justice
Jonathan Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Penn State Harrisburg

Advanced statistical models for social science research has rarely been utilized in the field of law enforcement. While sensitivity of the crime data is one reason, there appears to be a lack of understanding on what they are and how they can assist law enforcement. The session introduces a few examples of recent collaboration between academic researcher and local agencies in their concerted efforts to control crime.

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Population and Employment Model to Create Future Scenarios for Urban Growth Modeling
Alfonso Yáñez Morillo, Research Analyst at the Center for Land Use and Sustainability of Shippensburg University

Traditionally, urban growth modelers use spatial urban suitability as the foundation to develop their forecasts. However, that approach usually summarizes events and situations that already took place and assumes they remain constant in the future. This work describes a methodology to translate population and employment projections into a future spatial pattern which can drive future urban growth. We synthesize data from the U.S. Census, state forecasts, and EPA ICLUS v.1 to develop these models.

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Gathering Data for Community-Informed Decision Making
Lise Levin, VP of Community Investment, and Elyse Pollick, Community Investment Officer, of York County Community Foundation

This session will provide an overview of the YorkCounts Indicators project produced by the York County Community Foundation. The project highlights trends about issues that impact the quality of life in York County. It is a tool for planning and directing community resources, boiling down many data sources to give a snapshot of overall community well-being. It provides the latest York County data trends in education, community, aging, safety, health, the environment, and the economy.

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Governmental Uses of Geographic Information Systems: Panel Discussion
Joe Hafer, Research and Evaluation Analyst at Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DoC)
Paul Dioguardo, Information Technology Generalist Administrator at Pennsylvania Department of Health (DoH)
Kevin Eaton, GIS Coordinator at County of Franklin, PA

Panelists will give brief discussions of how they utilize geographic information systems (GIS) in their governmental agencies to answer the needs of legislators, officials, and citizens. Time will be allotted at the end of the session for questions and open discussion.

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TheCenter for Enterprise Dissemination Services and Consumer Innovation
U.S. Census Bureau

The Center for Data Dissemination Services and Consumer Innovation (CEDSCI) is an enterprise effort to transform how data and information are disseminated to the public. It will do so by streamlining access to data, enhancing the ability to search, find, and use these data by the public for data driven decision making, and optimizing the resources needed to accomplish these tasks. CEDSCI will establish a modernized technology platform that leverages existing innovations to provide a set of shared data dissemination services that enable consumers to do more with the massive amounts of valuable content we publish year round.

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The Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Program
U.S. Census Bureau

The Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Program is a partnership program established by Congress through the enactment of Public Law 103-430 (The Census Address List Improvement Act of 1994). The program is designed to assist efforts to ensure the accuracy of censuses and surveys by publishing standards defining the content and structure of address information which local units of general purpose government may submit to be used in developing a national address list. Implications for local officials and LUCA participants will be discussed.

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Overview of the 2020 Census
U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau is researching modern and cost-efficient methods for the population to exercise its civic obligation to be counted in the 2020 Census. Whether through the Internet, telephone or traditional paper questionnaires, the Census Bureau is committed to making the mandatory once-a-decade headcount quick, easy and safe for all to participate. This presentation will provide an overview of our current plans for the 2020 Census and where we are headed in the next few years.

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The 2017 Economic Census
U.S. Census Bureau

The Economic Census is the U.S. Government's official five-year measure of American business and the economy. It is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, and response is required by law. Starting with the 2017 Economic Census, response will be entirely paperless. The Economic Census will mail out information on how to access the electronic instrument in January 2018 to the nearly 4 million businesses, including large, medium and small companies representing all U.S. and Island Area locations and industries. Respondents will be asked to provide a range of operational and performance data for their companies.

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