Founded in 1991, the Association of Population Centers (APC) is an independent group of universities and research organizations whose mission is to:
- Foster collaborative demographic research and data sharing.
- Translate basic population research for public policy decision-makers.
- Provide educational and training opportunities in population studies.
Currently, over 40 academic and private research institutions nationwide belong to the APC. The centers are inherently interdisciplinary, drawing faculty and research staff from diverse fields, such as biology, demography, economics, geography, history, medicine, public health, public policy, and sociology. Scholarsat APC centers are committed to studying and communicating the implications of population change. Their diverse interests include retirement, minority health, aging, adolescent health, childcare, immigration and migration, family formation and dissolution, fertility, morbidity and mortality, and population forecasting.
APC centers rely on a number of public and private funding sources to support their scientists’ research. The National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health provide most of the discretionary, competitive federal funding for demographic research. The National Science Foundation and Agency for International Development are two other important sources of federal support. Population researchers also rely on accessible data produced by the Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics to conduct their research.
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