Joint Statistical Meetings

Seeking Roundtable Discussion Leaders for JSM 2017

The Health Policy Statistics Section (HPSS) is soliciting volunteers, as well as nominations of individuals, to lead discussions in Roundtables at the 2017 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Baltimore from July 29 – August 3. Roundtables are fee event activities at JSM. HPSS will pay for Roundtable leaders' roundtable fees. There are two types of roundtables:

1. PM Roundtables: Each Roundtable has a designated topic and discussion leader or speaker. Registrants sign up and pay a fee (usually $40) for the Roundtable discussion and lunch. The HPSS PM Roundtable luncheons take place Monday, and Tuesday from 12:30 pm-1:50 pm.

2. AM Roundtables: Each Roundtable has a designated topic and discussion leader or speaker. Registrants sign up and pay a fee (usually $15) for the Roundtable discussion, which includes coffee and bagels; additional breakfast items are offered outside the meeting room for sale to attendees. The HPSS AM Roundtables are scheduled from 7:00am - 8:15am on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

Roundtables are limited to 10 participants, including the discussion leader; they are an excellent opportunity for the leader to discuss in depth and at length (with more time than a regular session) important health policy statistics problems with colleagues interested in the Roundtable topic. They do not count against your limit of one presentation, so you can lead a Roundtable and also present in a regular session.

If you have an idea for a Roundtable, would like to suggest someone as a discussion leader, or are interested in volunteering yourself as a discussion leader for a Roundtable, please send (no later than January 15 2017) the name and affiliation of the discussion leader and/or brief statement of the topic for the Roundtable to: Corwin Zigler HPSS Program Chair-Elect 2017

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

HPSS Sponsored Topic Contributed Sessions for JSM 2017

The Health Policy Statistics Section is accepting topic-contributed session proposals for the 2017 Joint Statistical Meetings to be held in Baltimore from July 29 to August 3.  A topic-contributed session is planned in advance, by one or more organizers, and includes speakers presenting on a shared common topic.
Topic-contributed sessions can be in the form of:
·         Papers: Five participants (at least 3 paper presenters and a maximum of 2 discussants)
·         Panels: Three to six members providing commentary or a point of view on the panel topic
·         Posters: Three to six posters on a given topic arranged in advance by an organizer
The deadline to submit proposals is January 11, 2017.  A committee will review all proposals, and organizers will be notified of acceptance by January 17, 2017.  Detailed instructions are posted on the JSM 2017 website at and proposing sessions can be done through
Should you have any questions or want to discuss your idea further with HPSS, please contact Ruth Etzioni, the 2017 HPSS Program Chair – by email or by phone (206) 910-9005.

Student Paper Competition

The Health Policy Statistics Section (HPSS) of the American Statistical Association (ASA) cordially invites submissions to our student paper competition for the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM). Papers entered in the competition should involve a methodological innovation or a creative application of statistical analysis to an issue in health policy. The student must be the first author on the paper if there are other co-authors. Current undergraduate or graduate students at any level, as well as those graduating in 2014 who wish to present research they conducted as students, are eligible to participate. Up to five prizes will be awarded. Each winner will be awarded

  • an $800 (USD) check,
  • a certificate, and
  • a ticket to the Wednesday HPSS Speaker with Lunch roundtable.


Students should follow ASA competition guidelines below. Winners, if applying for student paper awards from two sections, must notify both sections if they accept an award from one and then remove themselves from consideration for the award of the other section. 

The award for the HPSS student paper competition is an excellent opportunity for students to present their work and launch their professional careers. HPSS has received submissions of very high quality in previous years. If you have a teaching or mentoring role, please bring this to the attention of your students and encourage them to apply. 

The following general policies and procedures apply to all ASA section competitions:

  • All materials must be received by the Section by December 15, 2014.
  • Winners will be notified by January 15, 2015.
  • Competition winners must submit abstracts and register for JSM by February 2, 2015 through the official JSM abstract submission system.
  • Competition winners must present their paper in a topic contributed session and no other session.
  • Competition winners must attend the HPSS Tuesday night business meeting/mixer in order to receive their awards.
  • Students may submit papers to no more than two sections and may accept only one section's award. Students must inform both sections applied to when he or she wins and accepts an award from one section, thereby removing the student from the award competition for the other section.
  • Students planning to participate in section competitions must adhere to the eligibility, paper format, submission process, and other requirements of the sections to which they are applying.


Applications should include:

  1. a cover letter including name, current affiliation and status including actual or intended date of graduation, and contact information (address, telephone, e-mail) of the applicant;
  2. an abstract of up to 1200 characters;
  3. a draft paper; and
  4. a letter from the adviser certifying student status (or completion of degree within the past year).


Applications must be submitted by email (PDF files preferred) to Frank Yoon by 5 PM EST December 15, 2014.

For further information and to apply, please contact:

Frank Yoon (Program Chair-Elect, 2015)
Senior Statistician

Mathematica Policy Research