Congressional Briefing: Demographic Insights into COVID-19

By PAA Web posted 03-30-2021 10:59


On April 23, the Population Association of America (PAA) sponsored its first (virtual) congressional briefing of 2021. The briefing, “Living, Working, Dying: Demographic Insights into COVID-19,” featured the work of four population scientists: Dr. Noreen Goldman, Princeton University; Dr. Marc A. Garcia, University of Nebraska; Dr. William Scarborough, University of North Texas; and Dr. Anna Gassman-Pines, Duke University.

Family with masksThe speakers, whose slides are below along with a recording of the event, shared research findings regarding the disparate impacts of COVID and what additional research and data are needed to understand and address its far-reaching effects. Specifically, the speakers discussed the disproportionate impact COVID has had on health and mortality outcomes for whites vs. non-whites—especially Latinx and Black populations. The panelists also shared findings illustrating how the pandemic has affected the economic and social wellbeing of families and children. Data from several sources, such as the Health and Retirement Study, Current Population Survey, and the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, were prominently featured. Speakers also reflected on the role Federally funded COVID relief measures have played in facilitating the recovery of families in need.

During the question-and-answer period, the panelists were asked a variety of questions from the over 100 individuals who were in attendance. For example, they were asked what other data social scientists need to effectively track and analyze the long-term health and economic effects of COVID, particularly on vulnerable populations. Clarifying questions about the impacts of COVID on men and women in the workforce as well as the pandemic’s effects on the mental health of children were posed.

PAA is grateful for the support of Congressman David Price (D-NC) whose office helped promote the event on Capitol Hill.

See moderator and panelist bios.

View the recording.

View the slides (PowerPoint):

See the flier.