John Besl

John Besl
  • PROJECT ANALYST, CHILD POLICY RESEARCH CENTER AT CINCINNATI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER

John Besl serves as an analyst and demographer for the Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He provides data processing, analysis, and desktop mapping support for studies on topics ranging from infant mortality reduction to the persistence of childhood health disparities.

Prior to joining Cincinnati Children’s in 2003, John held the position of Research Demographer at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. In that role, he completed a set of population projections for the state and each of its 92 counties. He served as Indiana’s liaison to the U.S. Census Bureau, representing the state in two federal-state cooperative programs for the production of population estimates and projections. During three years at IU, John authored 19 articles describing population and employment trends in Indiana Business Review and IN Context, publications of the business school and state government, respectively.

John earned his M.A. degree in Sociology in 1991 from Bowling Green State University, specializing in applied demography. He began his professional career in Madison, Wisconsin as a demographer with the Wisconsin Department of Administration, eventually moving to the Chicago suburbs to take the position of Senior Research Demographer for Nielsen Media Research. There he contributed to the production of household and population estimates crucial to television audience measurement.

Following a competitive application process, John was selected in 2009 to complete a weeklong workshop at the University of Michigan on using the American Community Survey (ACS.) The ACS will be the new workhorse of the federal statistical system, producing annual updates of valuable social, economic, and housing data formerly available only once per decade from the decennial census. He’s been active for several years in the Population Association of America, the scientific professional organization for researchers in the population field, recently completing a one-year term as chair of the Committee on Applied Demography. The committee represents the interests of demographers who focus on practical applications of demographic data and methods for decision-making audiences.

John will blog about population and public health trends impacting the Cincinnati metropolitan area and the nation.