Publication date: 
April 30, 2015

SEATTLE – The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) released groundbreaking research on educational attainment worldwide on Friday, May 1, at the Population Association of America 2015 Annual Meeting, which draws demographers, sociologists, economists, and public health professionals from all over the world.

Assistant Professor Marie Ng spoke on “Educational achievement in 188 countries from 1970 to 2015: levels and impact on population health” and introduced the Center for Health Trends and Forecasts’ inaugural policy report, A Hand Up: Global Progress Toward Universal Education. This report examines unprecedented gains in expanding education for all people over the past 50 years, presenting data on educational attainment over time and across countries in a comparable, comprehensive way. The report also advances our perspective of progress toward universal education and reveals continuing challenges in the final year of the Millennium Development Goals’ education agenda. The world has made great strides but must continue to expand education to the hardest-to-reach populations.

Dr. Ng also unveiled IHME’s new Social Determinants of Health data visualization. This dynamic new tool allows anyone to view levels and trends in education for countries around the world, to identify strong progress, and to see continuing challenges.

On Thursday, April 30, IHME Director Christopher Murray introduced the recently launched Center for Health Trends and Forecasts (CHTF), funded by the National Institute on Aging and housed at IHME. The center aims to foster innovative social science research by using data from a variety of disciplines alongside Global Burden of Disease findings.

Center for Health Trends and Forecasts membership

We welcome interested researchers to join the Center for Health Trends and Forecasts as members. CHTF looks forward to undertaking and promoting innovative work with a robust network of researchers who wish to exchange ideas, work in tandem on projects, and engage in multidisciplinary learning. We hope that this network expands beyond traditional public health to a wide range of social science fields.

Membership is free and offers many benefits. The center will provide members with opportunities to publish and disseminate research, collaborate with other members, learn about Global Burden of Disease data and how to access data for analyses, and gain information about additional funding and publication and presentation opportunities as they arise.

We hope that you and your colleagues will participate as members of the Center for Health Trends and Forecasts. For more information and to indicate your interest in becoming a member, visit Questions can also be directed to [email protected].